Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, head of the Synod of Bishops

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the newly elevated cardinals is Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, who was in fact given a Pope Francis' own red biretta minutes after his election as Bishop of Rome. Cardinal Baldisseri was born in 1940 in the Italian town of Barga, and in 1963 was ordained a priest, while still only 22 years of age, for the Archdiocese of Pisa. He holds a license in dogmatic theology, a doctorate in canon law, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to new cardinal: ‘I love Korea’

Rome, Italy, Feb 26, 2014 / 06:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During the Feb. 23 Mass of Thanksgiving for the creation of new cardinals, Pope Francis offered words of affection for the newly-elevated South Korean cardinal’s home country.   “I love Korea,” were the unexpected words of Pope Francis at the sign of peace to Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-Jung, who recounted the moment later at a Feb. 25 press conference. The cardinal said he promptly replied, “The Korean people … [Read more...]

Trappist monks’ spirituality hailed as key to business success

Washington D.C., Feb 26, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A spiritual focus on generous service and community is the key to success for the Trappist monks, not only in their business ventures but in all of their pursuits, said a businessman closely acquainted with the order. Trappist monks build a culture of “service and selflessness” in their monasteries, which explains “why the monks are so successful not just in their business practices but in everything that they … [Read more...]

Francis is the boost the Church needs, says 107-year-old nun

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2014 / 01:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A religious sister who celebrated her 107th birthday at daily Mass with Pope Francis Feb. 20 believes that the Holy Father is a gift to the Church. “If God wanted us to have Pope Francis, it’s because it was already in his eternal mind,” Sister Candida Bellotti said in statements to CNA. “He is the right person for our time, and we need to respect him because it is God’s will.” The religious sister, … [Read more...]

Anointing of the Sick assures nearness of Christ, says Pope

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2014 / 05:06 am (CNA).- In his Wednesday general audience Pope Francis gave a brief catechesis on the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, noting that its purpose is to bring Christ close to the recipient. “Every time we celebrate this sacrament, the Lord Jesus, in the person of the priest, comes close to those who suffer and are gravely ill or elderly,” explained the Pope on Feb. 26. “The special grace of this sacrament” should not cause us … [Read more...]

Pope urges families to pray for upcoming bishops’ synod

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter written to families, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of family life in the Church, stating  their prayers are crucial for the upcoming synod which is dedicated to the unique challenges they face. “I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task,” the Pope requested of families in his Feb. 25 letter, … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI affirms validity of his resignation

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2014 / 03:47 am (CNA).- Today the Italian newspaper La Stampa has published excerpts of a letter from Benedict XVI, who wrote to affirm the existence of only one Pope, Francis. “There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry,” wrote Benedict XVI in a letter published on Feb. 26. His letter was a response to La Stampa’s inquiries regarding “various interpretations that have been circulating in the … [Read more...]


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