Benedict XVI still in the service of St. Peter, colleague says

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2013 / 05:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Manfred Lütz, a close colleague of Benedict XVI, revealed in a recent interview that he is still in contact with retired pontiff, who still considers himself in the service of the Church, and of Pope Francis. Lütz explained in a Dec. 4 interview with CNA that during a recent visit with Benedict, the previous Pope “said he didn't leave the service of St. Peter, that he lives the service of St. Peter in another … [Read more...]

Moneyval report shows progress in Holy See’s finances

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The European body responsible for monitoring financial transparency issued a report Dec. 12 detailing the progress made by the Vatican's financial bodies. The Council of Europe’s Moneyval committee published the report as a follow up to their July report, which had found the Vatican to be “compliant” or “largely compliant” on nine of the 16 “key and core” recommendations for combating … [Read more...]

Pope highlights ‘joy of the Church’ on Twitter anniversary

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2013 / 03:08 pm (CNA).- One year after the official opening of the papal Twitter account, Pope Francis invited his nearly 11 million followers on the social media site to remember the joy that characterizes the Catholic Church. “We cannot think of a Church without joy. This is the joy of the Church: announcing to all the name of Jesus,” tweeted Pope Francis on Dec. 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the one-year anniversary of the papal presence on … [Read more...]

Pope names two new bishops for Mississippi and Texas

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2013 / 11:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named two U.S. priests as the next bishops of the Dioceses of Jackson, Miss. and San Angelo, Texas. Father Joseph R. Kopacz, a priest of the Diocese of Scranton, Pa., will head the Jackson diocese, while Monsignor Michael J. Sis of the Diocese of Austin will lead the west central Texas diocese. Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton said the announcement brought “great joy” to Fr. Kopacz’s home … [Read more...]

Fraternity is the ‘foundation’ of peace, Pope’s message says

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2013 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' first message for the World Day of Peace was issued today by the Vatican, revealing the pontiff's special emphasis on fostering greater global fraternity in the process of obtaining peace. The Dec. 12 presentation of the Pope's message showed how he refers to fraternity as “an essential human quality,” which he elaborates on in several key areas of society. The theme of the upcoming day, which … [Read more...]

God speaks to us ‘with the voice of a child,’ Pope reflects

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2013 / 07:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on how God lowers himself to converse on our level, and encouraged those present to make more moments of silence in order to prepare for the birth of Jesus. “When we look at a father or a mother who speaks to their little child,” the Pope explained in his Dec. 12 daily homily, “we see that they become little and speak with a voice of a child and with the manners of … [Read more...]

Mary’s ‘embrace’ shows unity of the Americas, says Pope

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2013 / 06:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the end of his general audience, Pope Francis reflected on tomorrow’s feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, extending his greetings to all on the American continent. “Mary’s embrace showed what America – North and South – is called to be: a land where different peoples come together,” the Pope explained after his Dec. 11 general audience address. Following his discourse given … [Read more...]


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