Pope Francis: confession is not condemnation, but mercy

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2014 / 07:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a speech given to priests and seminarians attending a course on the Sacrament of Confession, Pope Francis spoke about the mercy of God, stating that it is the most important aspect of their ministry. “Confession is not a court of condemnation, but an experience of forgiveness and mercy!” the Pope expressed in his March 28 speech to those attending the annual Course on the Internal Forum. The Internal Forum part of the … [Read more...]

Joy of forgiving, being forgiven are ‘united’ in confessional

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, said sinners should not be afraid of the Sacrament of Confession because in the confessional “the joy of forgiving and the joy of being forgiven are united.” The Apostolic Penitentiary is the tribunal of the Roman Curia that deals with the internal forum – matters of Confession and spiritual direction – and with indulgences. Cardinal Piacenza told … [Read more...]

Pope urges lawmakers to embrace faith over ‘theology of duty’

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2014 / 05:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Saying Mass for some 500 Italian parliamentarians Thursday, Pope Francis warned them of the corruption of the heart, imploring them not to slip from the theology of faith to a theology of duty. Describing the religious leaders whom Christ encountered, Pope Francis said March 27, “they resisted the salvation of the Lord’s love, and thus slipped away from the faith, from a theology of faith to a theology of … [Read more...]

Obama meets with Pope at time of ‘tense’ relations with Church

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2014 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. President Barack Obama’s March 27 meeting with Pope Francis comes at a time of tension between his administration and the Church over religious liberty, several Catholic leaders have said. “There has been a great deal of acrimony over issues related to religious freedom. This is something new and quite serious, since it affects the ability of the Church to carry out its mission,” V. Bradley Lewis, a philosophy … [Read more...]

Schedule for Pope’s Holy Land visit released

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2014 / 08:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has officially published the itinerary for Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the Holy Land, during which he is slated to travel to Jordan, the State of Palestine, and Israel. Announced by Pope Francis himself during his Jan. 5 Sunday Angelus address, he revealed that the principal goal of the trip is “to commemorate the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and the Patriarch Athenagoras I, that occurred … 50 … [Read more...]

Pope, Obama discuss relations between Church and State

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2014 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the March 27 meeting between Pope Francis and President Barack Obama, the two exchanged cordial discussion regarding the state of the Church in the U.S., as well as topics of shared interest. Lasting approximately 50 minutes long, the meeting marks Obama’s second encounter with a Roman Pontiff since his election in 2008, the first being between him and Benedict XVI in July of 2009. Upon greeting each other, Obama asked … [Read more...]

Minor protection group shows collaboration with Jesuit center

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The appointments made to the newly established Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors show that Pope Francis has modeled it on the Jesuit’s Center for the Protection of Minors. The center was launched in 2011 by the Pontifical Gregorian University in collaboration  with the Diocese of Munich and Freising, as well as the University of Ulm’s departments of psychiatry and infant and adolescent … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X