Pope urges faithful to remember ‘glorious hope’ of Baptism

Vatican City, Jan 8, 2014 / 05:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of the sacrament of Baptism, highlighting how it is a gift which incorporates us into the body of Christ and impels us to evangelize. “Let us not forget the great gift we have received,” Pope Francis stated during his Jan. 8 general audience, “our baptism has changed us, given us a new and glorious hope, and empowered us to bring God’s … [Read more...]

Papal visit to Holy Land to focus on ecumenism with Orthodox

Vatican City, Jan 8, 2014 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' pilgrimage to the Holy Land, to be held in May, will center on his encounter with Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Eastern Orthodox Archbishop of Constantinople, and their discussions on ecumenism. Announcing the trip Jan. 5, Pope Francis said its “principal goal” is “to commemorate the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and the Patriarch Athenagoras I, that occurred … 50 years ago … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: the path of ‘humiliation’ leads us to Jesus

Vatican City, Jan 7, 2014 / 10:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass homily Pope Francis touched on the importance of discerning what comes from God and what is false, emphasizing that the way of Jesus is always one of “humility.” “That is the path of Jesus Christ: abasement, humility, humiliation as well,” the Pope said Jan. 7, “if a thought, if a desire takes you along the road of humility and abasement, of service to others, is from … [Read more...]

Pope leaves voicemail for Carmelite nuns on New Years

Vatican City, Jan 7, 2014 / 05:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On New Year’s Eve, Pope Francis called a community of Carmelite sisters in Lucena, Spain to wish them a happy new year, and when they didn’t answer, he left a message saying that he would call back. "What are the nuns doing that they can't answer?" the Pope jested in his Dec. 31 message to the nuns, "I am Pope Francis, I wish to greet you in this end of the year, I will see if I can call you later. May God … [Read more...]

Vatican spokesman: media manipulated Pope’s family comments

Vatican City, Jan 7, 2014 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's spokesman says some coverage of Pope Francis’ comment about a child of a same-sex couple is “forced” and a “manipulation” of his primary concern about evangelizing in new cultural environments. On Jan. 3, the Italian Jesuit periodical La Civilta Cattolica published a 14-page account of Pope Francis' Nov. 29 conversation with a group of superiors general from religious orders. While … [Read more...]

Reported limit on ‘monsignor’ may be return to older practice

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2014 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Commenting on Pope Francis allegedly restricting the honorary title of “monsignor” to priests over the age of 65, one historian has suggested that the move could be a return to traditional practices. On Jan. 4, Italian daily La Stampa reported that “henceforth, the only Pontifical Honor that will be conferred on 'secular priests' will be that of 'Chaplain to His Holiness' and this will be conferred only … [Read more...]

Journey of the Magi symbolizes ‘destiny’ of man, says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2014 / 04:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for the feast of the Epiphany, Pope Francis described how our lives are a continuous search to encounter “the Light” of Jesus, urging that we be “cunning” in our defense against darkness. “The destiny of every person is symbolized in this journey of the Magi of the East,” the Pope said in his Jan. 6 homily, “our life is a journey, illuminated by the lights which brighten our way, to … [Read more...]


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