Pope: Jesus weeps for those who prefer comfort over conversion

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2014 / 05:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis said that the Gospel scene in which Jesus wept for Jerusalem’s closed heart is repeated today with those in the Church who are afraid to let him work in their lives. “Jerusalem was afraid of this: of being saved by the surprises of the Lord. The (people) were afraid of the Lord, their Bridegroom, their Beloved. And so Jesus wept,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

Turkey’s 53,000 Catholics happily awaiting Pope Francis

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Turkey's small community of 53,000 Catholics – amid a population of 76 million – is anticipating Pope Francis' upcoming trip to the country with joyful hearts, says Istanbul's apostolic vicariate. The vicariate voiced gratitude for the Pope's visit, which will coincide with the feast of the Apostle Andrew, the patron saint of the Orthodox Church. In response to an invitation sent by Patriarch Bartolomeo I … [Read more...]

Sex complementarity is the ‘human experience’, not a political agenda

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One of the lessons learned from this week's Vatican conference on marriage, say organizers, is that the beauty of man and woman's complementarity is not political, but is rather the human experience. The Humanum Colloquium, which ran Nov. 17-19, heard testimonies from people of more than a dozen religious traditions speaking on the theme of the complementarity of man and woman. Helen Alvaré, law professor at George … [Read more...]

Latest appointment at Vatican financial watchdog opens a new phase

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2014 / 07:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed René Bruelhart president of the Financial Information Authority, the Vatican's financial watchdog, thus opening a new phase for the authority that Bruelhart had until now directed. Bruelhart replaces Bishop Giorgio Corbellini, president of the Labour Office of the Apostolic See, as president of the FIA. Bishop Corbellini has been appointed the FIA's interim president in January. New … [Read more...]

Beyond religious differences: Interfaith leaders unite on marriage

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2014 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- leLeaders from various faith traditions around the globe are backing the union of a man and woman as an inherently complementary human reality that transcends even the difference of religion. “It's very interesting that we have people from all kinds of religious traditions – even some that I have never encountered before – all from their different perspectives saying: it does matter, and it matters very much that a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis offers a lesson from a ham and cheese sandwich

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2014 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis brought laughter to a group of young people gathered at the Vatican Nov.15 when he quoted an Argentinean comedian’s metaphor about ham and cheese sandwiches in relation to the Christian life. Speaking in Spanish, Pope Francis addressed the young people gathered for a symposium on prostitution and human trafficking, held at the Pio IV House at the Vatican on Nov. 15-16, and organized by the Pontifical Academy for Sciences. He … [Read more...]

Thinking of yourself won’t make you holy, but serving others will, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2014 / 07:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience address, Pope Francis said that holiness can never be selfish, but is a gift that must be put into practice through daily witness and attentiveness to the needs of others. “Growing in holiness thus means becoming better persons, free of selfishness and self-absorption, and ever ready to place ourselves at the service of our brothers and sisters in the Church,” the Pope told pilgrims present in … [Read more...]