‘I need the people of God to sustain me,’ Pope says in interview

Vatican City, Mar 15, 2014 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent radio interview given to a station in a slum of Argentina, Pope Francis explained his frequent request for prayers, and praised the work of the many priests who minister among the poor. When asked why he so frequently requests prayer from those he encounters, the Pope simply stated that “I need it. I need the people of God to sustain me.” The interview was given to Argentinian radio station Bajo Flores, … [Read more...]

Pope’s exercises highlight danger of worldly temptations

Vatican City, Mar 14, 2014 / 06:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Pope Francis’ spiritual exercises, Msgr. Angelo De Donatis focused his meditations on the Grace of God, warning against worldly attitudes, and emphasizing the importance of being open to God’s love. Msgr. De Donatis oversees a parish in the center of Rome, and was in charge of preaching during the Lenten retreat for Pope Francis and members of the Curia, who have been in the hillside town of Ariccia for their March 9 … [Read more...]

Pope will succeed in reforming Roman Curia, cardinal expects

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2014 / 12:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has discussed the reform of the Roman Curia being carried out by Pope Francis, saying he trusts that it will be completed effectively. “It is a difficult journey, but I believe that Pope Francis is a man of decision, and so I believe he will succeed,” Cardinal Bertone, emeritus secretary of state, told CNA March 7. He served as the Vatican’s secretary of state under Benedict XVI from 2006, … [Read more...]

Fr. Lombardi: Pope is spending anniversary in prayer

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2014 / 08:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In light of the Pope Francis’ first anniversary as Bishop of Rome, the Vatican has stated that the pontiff is doing nothing special to celebrate other than pray, as he is currently participating in his Lenten retreat. “Today the Pope is not doing anything special or different from other days. He is praying,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told reporters in a March 13 statement. Fr. Lombardi’s comment … [Read more...]

Pope to hold first official audience with the blind, deaf

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the first pontiff to meet with those who are blind and deaf in an exclusive audience, Pope Francis will hold the gathering later this month – an encounter participants are highly anticipating. “I am pleased that the Pope is making the whole world aware of our world by having an audience with us for the first time” Jakob Badde told CNA on March 10, “we have a great deficiency and most people do not know why and … [Read more...]

Cardinal Bertone: Pope Francis uses prayer as a diplomatic tool

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was Vatican secretary of state from 2006 to 2013, has shared his views on papal diplomacy, emphasizing Pope Francis’ use of prayer in relations with states. “Pope Francis has underscored, and put a special emphasis on, prayer as a diplomatic tool,” Cardinal Bertone told CNA March 7. This stress was proven by Pope Francis’ call for a day of prayer and fasting Sep. 7 to address the … [Read more...]

Bishops laud Pope’s humility, care for poor on anniversary

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 06:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a statement released on the occasion of the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate, US bishops praised the pontiff for his example, and encouraged the faithful to offer continued prayers on his behalf. “The members of the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have noted with thanksgiving the first anniversary of the election of His Holiness Pope Francis as the 266th successor … [Read more...]


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