Benedict XVI affirms validity of his resignation

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2014 / 03:47 am (CNA).- Today the Italian newspaper La Stampa has published excerpts of a letter from Benedict XVI, who wrote to affirm the existence of only one Pope, Francis. “There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry,” wrote Benedict XVI in a letter published on Feb. 26. His letter was a response to La Stampa’s inquiries regarding “various interpretations that have been circulating in the … [Read more...]

War and conflict come from our own hearts, Pope warns

Vatican City, Feb 25, 2014 / 03:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In homily at Tuesday’s Mass, Pope Francis mourned the victims of the many small wars taking place in the world, stating that in the face of these tragedies, we should grow closer to God and strive for peace. “'Where do the wars and conflicts among you come from? Maybe from your passions?' In the heart!” the Pope emphasized in his Feb. 25 Mass, echoing the words of St. James from the day's first … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: riches are good, if used for people’s sake

Vatican City, Feb 25, 2014 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his preface to a new book authored by Cardinal Mueller, Pope Francis stresses that money is itself a good tool when it broadens our opportunities, but it can also turn against the human person. “Money is an instrument that in some ways … prolongs and increases the capacity of human freedom, allowing it to work in the world, to act, to bear fruit,” Pope Francis wrote in the preface to “Poor for the Poor: The … [Read more...]

Vatican theologians recognize miracle attributed to Paul VI

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2014 / 06:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The consulting theologians of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Pope Paul VI, moving him closer to sainthood. Vatican Insider’s Andrea Tornielli reported Feb. 21 that earlier that week, the congregation’s theological experts had unanimously recognized the healing of an unborn child through the intercession of the late Roman Pontiff. In the … [Read more...]

Seminarians recount joy of serving papal Mass for new cardinals

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2014 / 03:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two young men from England studying for the priesthood in Rome consider themselves blessed to have served at Sunday’s papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Recalling his experience, seminarian David Irwin of the Diocese of Shrewsbury, England, said it was “a huge privilege being able to serve Mass with the Holy Father.” “I think particularly as well, as it being the Mass with our new cardinal in England, … [Read more...]

Jesus is not a ‘magician,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2014 / 10:08 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ Monday morning homily reflected on Jesus’ miracles of healing, which always include a lasting encounter with the person who is healed. “These acts of Jesus make us think. When He heals, when He goes among the crowds and heals a person, He never leaves that person alone. He is not a magician, a wizard, a healer, who goes and cures and continues on his way,” explained the Pope on Feb. 24 to the congregation of … [Read more...]

Cardinal Pell to head new Vatican office for economic oversight

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2014 / 08:41 am (CNA).- Today Pope Francis announced the establishment of a new entity for oversight of Vatican economic and administrative affairs, headed by Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia. According to Feb. 24 statement issued by the Holy See’s press office, the new Secretariat for the Economy “will have authority over all economic and administrative activities within the Holy See and the Vatican City State.” Cardinal Pell has been … [Read more...]


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