Pope lauds fruitful dialogue between Jews, Catholics

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2014 / 05:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an encounter with the American Jewish Committee, Pope Francis highlighted the strong unity of Jews and Catholics, stating that their shared roots obligate them to work together in building a just society. “I am very grateful to you for the distinguished contribution you have made to dialogue and fraternity between Jews and Catholics, and I encourage you to continue on this path,” the Pope expressed during the Feb. 13 … [Read more...]

Archbishop announces effort to help Tanzania AIDS victims

Vatican City, Feb 12, 2014 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new partnership between the Good Samaritan Foundation and Gilead Sciences will provide free HIV and AIDS testing in the diocese of Shinyanga, Tanzania as well as those who test positive. “'The Test and Treat Project' is indeed an important result of the work engaged in by the Good Samaritan Foundation and by our Pontifical Council,” Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski said in a Feb. 11 press release announcing the … [Read more...]

Vatican analyst explores continuity of Francis, Benedict in book

Vatican City, Feb 12, 2014 / 06:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Andrea Gagliarducci has co-authored a new book recalling the period of Lent between Benedict XVI’s resignation and Pope Francis’ election, stating that there is strong coherence between the two pontiffs. “My book is different because it is a chronicle. The facts are more important than opinions. Obviously, that is our point of view,” Gagliarducci told CNA in a Feb. 10 interview, “we just see a sort of … [Read more...]

Pope: Eucharist helps us to see the face of Christ in others

Vatican City, Feb 12, 2014 / 04:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience, Pope Francis reflected on how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, explaining that it helps us to truly encounter others as a community, and opens us to God’s mercy. “In the Mass we encounter many people, but do we really see them as brothers and sisters? Does the Eucharist lead us to reach out to the poor, to the sick, to the marginalized, seeing the face of Jesus in them?” the Pope … [Read more...]

Translator predicts Benedict XVI’s legacy as a great teacher

Rome, Italy, Feb 11, 2014 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A former translator of Benedict XVI has predicted that the retired pontiff’s legacy will only grow, given the “wonderful freshness” and clarity of his writings. “I think the judgment of history will be very kind, very generous, because once all the topical controversies have moved into the past, people will see what he said in all of its luminous clarity,” Monsignor Philip Whitmore, Rector of the English … [Read more...]

Journalist who broke news of resignation recalls her ‘panic’

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2014 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican journalist Giovanna Chirri remembers her shock at Benedict XVI's resignation last year, and how she broke the news before he finished his announcement because she could understand Latin. “He said it in Latin and I was panicking. I was short of breath, my legs were trembling. I was sitting and my legs trembled like this…it was a very violent reaction. It was a reaction to shock,” Chirri told CNA in a Feb. 10 … [Read more...]

Vatican Secretariat of State to undergo ‘pastoral conversion’

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2014 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State at the Vatican, said in a recent interview that under Pope Francis’ reform, his department will undertake the Pope’s call for pastoral conversion. “The Secretariat of State … must assume a cordial and complete availability to the pastoral conversion proposed by Pope Francis,” Archbishop Parolin told Stefania Falasca of Avvenire, the daily of the Italian … [Read more...]