What makes the Church happy? Seeking lost sheep, Pope says

Vatican City, Dec 9, 2014 / 03:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Like a shepherd finding lost sheep, the Church is a joyful mother who goes out and seeks her lost children, inviting them to consolation of the tenderness of Jesus, said Pope Francis in his daily homily Tuesday. “The joy of the Church is to give birth; the joy of the Church is to go out of herself to give life; the joy of the Church is go out and seek the sheep that are lost; the joy of the Church is precisely the tenderness of the … [Read more...]

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The request of a retired pope – simply call me ‘Father Benedict’

Vatican City, Dec 9, 2014 / 01:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Rather than being called by his papal name “Benedict XVI,” the retired pontiff revealed that since his retirement he has wanted to return to his original priestly title and be called simply “Father Benedict.” Father Benedict made his comments in a private conversation with journalist Jorg Bremer, who published bits of them in a Dec. 7 article for German newspaper F.A.Z. According to the journalist, Benedict … [Read more...]

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Will a host of pontifical councils be merged into two congregations?

Vatican City, Dec 9, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The establishment of two large congregations, to include many tasks formerly divided among several pontifical councils, is expected to be discussed in the meeting of the Council of Cardinals scheduled for Dec. 9-11. The draft of reform was presented to the chiefs of dicasteries in the last of the periodic meetings they have with Pope Francis, which took place Nov. 24. The draft includes the establishment of two congregations: a … [Read more...]

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Pope: Church must improve marriage prep, strengthen families

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2014 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis in his latest interview reflected on October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family, dismissing fears of doctrinal “collapse” while considering difficult topics like marriage preparation and the treatment of divorced and remarried Catholics. “The prevailing feeling was a brotherly one, trying to find a way to tackle the family´s pastoral issues. The family is so beaten up, young people don´t … [Read more...]

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Amid investigation, accounts of former Vatican Bank directors frozen

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2014 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than $19.6 million in the accounts of two former managers of the Institute for Religious Works, commonly known as the Vatican Bank or IOR, have been frozen by a Vatican prosecutor in the course of an investigation, it was announced Sunday. At a Dec. 6 press conference, Holy See press officer Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed that Gian Piero Milano, promoter of justice for Vatican City State, was investigating two former IOR directors … [Read more...]

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Amid investigation, accounts of former Vatican Bank directors frozen

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2014 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than $19.6 million in the accounts of two former managers of the Institute for Religious Works, commonly known as the Vatican Bank or IOR, have been frozen by a Vatican prosecutor in the course of an investigation, it was announced Sunday. At a Dec. 6 press conference, Holy See press officer Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed that Gian Piero Milano, promoter of justice for Vatican City State, was investigating two former IOR directors … [Read more...]

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For Francis, Mary teaches us to share with others the graces we receive

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2014 / 10:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus address for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, Pope Francis said because everything we have received is “a gift freely given by God,” we too must “become a gift for others.” “The message of today's feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary,” the Pope said at St. Peter's Square, can be summarized as follows: “Everything is a gift freely given by … [Read more...]

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