Roster of women increases on Vatican theological board

Vatican City, Sep 24, 2014 / 02:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Announced Tuesday, Pope Francis' appointments to the International Theological Commission include a greater number of women than before, and come from more diverse locales, vocations, and charisms. “Women now constitute 16 percent of the Commission’s members, a sign of growing female involvement in theological research,” noted a Sept. 23 statement from the commission. “In 2014 it was also decided to further … [Read more...]

Former Dominican Republic nuncio on house arrest over sex abuse charges

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2014 / 05:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See press officer announced Tuesday that Jozef Wesolowski, the former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic who was laicized earlier this year, has been put under house arrest amid an official investigation into charges of pedophilia. He is accused of having paid for sex with minors while nuncio to the Dominican Republic. “The seriousness of the allegations has prompted the official investigation to impose a … [Read more...]

Jesus is ‘waiting to be recognized in migrants,’ Pope stresses

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2014 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- All Christians must recognize Jesus Christ in migrants and refugees, and welcome them with “respect and solidarity” while avoiding “suspicion and prejudice,” Pope Francis has said. “The mission of the Church, herself a pilgrim in the world and the Mother of all, is thus to love Jesus Christ, to adore and love him, particularly in the poorest and most abandoned; among these are certainly migrants and … [Read more...]

Don’t overcomplicate the Christian life, Pope Francis warns

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2014 / 04:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis resumed daily Mass Tuesday after his papal visit to Albania, telling those present that living the Christian life is simple: listen to God's word and put it into practice. “These are the two conditions in order to follow Jesus, hear the word of God and put it into practice. This is the Christian life, nothing more,” the Pope said Sept. 23 at the Saint Martha residence.   “Simple, easy. Maybe … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke: Media hijacking Synod on the Family

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Next month's Synod on the Family has undergone an attempted hijacking by some media sources, which are fueling expectations that impossible changes will be made to Church doctrine, said the head of the Church's highest court. “I don’t think you have to be brilliant to see that the media has, for months, been trying to hijack this Synod,” said Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect for the Supreme Tribunal of the … [Read more...]

Pope gives flowers received in Albania to Blessed Mother

Vatican City, Sep 22, 2014 / 07:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In thanksgiving to the Blessed Mother for the success of his short but eventful trip to Albania, Pope Francis paid a visit on Monday morning to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. Vatican spokesman Father  Federico Lombardi said the Pope spent time before the icon of Our Lady salus populi Romani – Protectress of the Roman people – and left the bouquet of flowers he had received Sunday during his meeting at the Betania Home … [Read more...]

Vatican announces commission to streamline marriage process

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2014 / 12:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will establish a commission to review the matrimonial process in canon law with the goal of simplifying the procedure while maintaining the indissolubility of marriage, the Holy See Press Office announced Saturday.According to Vatican Radio, the decision was made on Aug. 2 of this year and the commission will be chaired by Monsignor Pio Vito Pinto, dean of the Roman Rota.“The work of the commission will start as … [Read more...]