Pope Francis reaches out to schismatic Old Catholic Church

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite continuing theological, ethical and ministerial differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the schismatic Old Catholic Conference, the two communions can continue to work together, Pope Francis counseled on Thursday. “The theological and ecclesiological questions that arose during our separation are now more difficult to overcome due to the increasing distance between us on matters of ministry and ethical … [Read more...]

Pope on All Saints Day: Beatitudes will lead us to God

Rome, Italy, Nov 1, 2014 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During Mass for the Solemnity of All Souls at Rome’s Verano cemetery, Pope Francis exhorted believers to follow the way of the beatitudes, calling it the path that will lead to sanctity.“The people who go forward on the path of the beatitudes will reach God and become saints in that final meeting with Him,” the Holy Father said Nov. 1, Vatican Radio reported.He said, “in order to journey back to God the Father, … [Read more...]

Mary the center of heavenly host, Pope says on All Saints Day

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus address for the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis said that it is a joy to have a spiritual family living in eternity, and stressed that Mary is the first of the saints who guides us to her son.“In the great assembly of saints, God has wanted to reserve the first place for the Mother of Jesus,” the pontiff said before his Nov. 1 weekly recitation of the traditional Marian prayer.Mary, he said, “is … [Read more...]

Pope Francis approves new constitutions for Legionaries of Christ

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2014 / 05:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After four years of drafts and adjustments, the troubled Legion of Christ has announced that its new constitutions have been approved by Pope Francis. The Pope’s approval of the final draft of the new constitutions brings the first phase of renewal and purification to a close after it was discovered that Legion founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel, had been living a double life. The new constitutions were drafted during the … [Read more...]

Vatican releases official English translation of synod’s final report

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2014 / 03:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Now released in English, the Synod of Bishop's final relatio reveals a more positive tone regarding the family called for by the synod’s small groups, as well as greater clarity on phrases that generated confusion in the midterm relatio. The Oct. 5-19 extraordinary synod of bishops on the family reflected on “the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” At the close of the 10-day … [Read more...]

A (literal) breath of fresh air for the Sistine Chapel’s frescos

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2014 / 02:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The first major makeover the Sistine Chapel has had since 1994 brings with it a completely new LED lighting system and high-tech sensors that automatically measure and adjust the chapel's oxygen levels. “If you look at this art in the Sistine Chapel it is breathtaking,” said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer for UTC Building & Industrial Systems which has overseen the project. “But ironically it is … [Read more...]

It’s not the law that saves you – it’s Christ, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2014 / 01:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians who cling to the law and not to love are like the hypocrite Pharisees in the Gospel, Pope Francis said in today’s homily.After Jesus meets a sick person in a Pharisee’s home on the Sabbath day in Luke 14:1-6, he asks the Pharisees and scholars of the Jewish law present: “Is it lawful to cure on the Sabbath or not?”Receiving only silent stares, Jesus heals the man and then tells the Pharisees: … [Read more...]