Pope Francis blesses man with severely disfigured face

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2013 / 11:51 am (CNA).- Continuing his efforts to promote a “culture of encounter” with the disabled, Pope Francis again embraced a severely disfigured man after his Nov. 20 weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square.The Pope spoke with a man who lacks facial features, embraced him and gave him a blessing. Pope Francis then smiled at the man, kissed him and gestured toward the sky in the midst of a crowded square.The cause of the man’s … [Read more...]

Church is ‘depository’ of God’s forgiveness, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2013 / 05:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke about the power Jesus gave the apostles to forgive sins in his name, stating that priest’s should exercise this ministry with “humility.”“The Church is the depository of this power. It is not an owner, it is the servant of the ministry of reconciliation on behalf of men,” the Pope explained during his Nov. 20 general audience.Continuing his reflections on … [Read more...]

Conference leaders hone in on immigration, human trafficking issues

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2013 / 05:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent gathering, instructors of U.S. Catholic Conferences came together in Rome to discuss the most pressing issues they face, immigration and human trafficking being the top two.“One of the biggest emerging issues that we’re seeing, that’s at the state level but also in the United States…was the issue of human trafficking,” director Jenny Kraska told CNA in an Oct. 25 interview.Kraska is the … [Read more...]

Human resources review expected in Vatican departments

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA).- At least 30 priests employed in Vatican departments may be removed from their posts and sent to dioceses in the following months, according to three different Vatican sources.   “The Congregation for Clergy will be the first of the list,” a Vatican source familiar with the congregation told CNA Nov. 14.   Four priests employed in the congregation have been called to serve in dioceses. Among them is Monsignor Luciano … [Read more...]

New rules for Vatican financial oversight approved by Pope

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2013 / 03:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Nov. 15 approved a new document on the rules for the Holy See's financial oversight agency to distinguish better the roles and functions of its leadership.The Pope's document, an apostolic letter called a motu proprio, aims to help the Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority “fulfill even more adequately its institutional functions in full autonomy and independence” while also being consistent … [Read more...]

Pope warns against dangers of ‘adolescent progressivism’

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2013 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned against modern society's push for a unified secular ideology, saying that this does not create positive globalization but rather an “adolescent progressivism.” “The spirit of worldliness also exists today, today also brings us this desire to be progressive, following a single thought,” the Pope said during his Nov. 18 daily Mass.The pontiff directed his … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to release first apostolic exhortation

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2013 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis will officially deliver his first post-synodal apostolic exhortation to coincide with the end of the Year of Faith.During a Nov. 18 press conference, the Holy See revealed that the title of the new document is “Evangelii Gaudium,” or “The Joy of the Gospel,” which will be publicly proclaimed by the Pope during the closing Mass for the Year of Faith on Sunday, Nov. … [Read more...]


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