Pope Francis decries arms trade as hindrance to peace

Vatican City, May 15, 2014 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Upon receiving the credentials of seven new ambassadors to the Holy See, Pope Francis urged the diplomats to work for peace, particularly by the eradication of the arms trade and forced migration due to conflict. “It would be an absurd contradiction to speak about peace, to negotiate peace, and at the same time promote and permit the arms trade,” the Pope told the new ambassadors in his May 15 address. Pope Francis … [Read more...]

A Christian without the Church is purely idealistic, Pope says

Vatican City, May 15, 2014 / 07:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis reflected in his daily Mass on how the apostles evangelized by first telling the history of God’s people, explaining that it’s impossible to understand a Christian without this association.      “You cannot understand a Christian outside of the people of God. The Christian is not a monad,” but “belongs to a people: the Church,” the Pope observed in his May 15 … [Read more...]

Theme for upcoming World Day of Families announced

Vatican City, May 14, 2014 / 08:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a press conference held in Philadelphia, USA Vatican officials announced the theme for the 2015 World Day of Families, which will center on humanity’s universal vocation to love. “Ladies and gentleman, the theme for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 is, ‘Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,’” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput revealed during the May 13 press … [Read more...]

Pope: gift of fortitude not just for ‘extraordinary circumstances’

Vatican City, May 14, 2014 / 05:14 am (CNA).- During his General Audience address Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke on the gift of fortitude, explaining that it helps us to remain faithful not only with the big things, but also in our daily activities. “We shouldn't think this gift is only for extraordinary circumstances,” the Pope noted in his May 14 audience, because “For most of us, the gift of fortitude is exercised in our patient pursuit of holiness in the circumstances … [Read more...]

Pope warns against closed-mindedness of ‘intellectual aristocracy’

Vatican City, May 13, 2014 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass Pope Francis cautioned against those who seek to understand the faith only with the intellect, explaining this attitude closes one to the Holy Spirit and prevents him from acting in our lives. “You do not believe because you are not part of my sheep! You do not believe because you are not of the people of Israel. You have left the people. You are in intellectual aristocracy,” the Pope stated in his May 13 … [Read more...]

Pope’s trip to Holy Land a historic milestone, ambassador says

Vatican City, May 13, 2014 / 05:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a press briefing on Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the Holy Land, the Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See explained that the visit marks an important historical moment both spiritually and politically. “It will be another milestone of historical importance not only in the relations between Israel and the Holy See, but also between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people,” Dr. Zion Evrony observed in his May 13 … [Read more...]

Gossip is the plague of community life, Pope tells seminarians

Vatican City, May 13, 2014 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting with all of Rome’s seminarians, Pope Francis spoke frankly of the challenges of community life, including the temptation to gossip and the importance of prayer. “Seminary life, that is, community life, is very important. Community life is not paradise: rather, it’s purgatory,” he admitted as nearly 6,000 seminarians and priests laughed and cheered in agreement. “Gossip is the plague of a … [Read more...]