New cardinals highlight Global South, pastoral experience

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2014 / 11:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The 19 men chosen to be named cardinals in February stress Pope Francis' attention on the peripheries of the Church, and that appointment to a major diocese no longer automatically comes with a “red hat.” The 19 will be elevated to cardinal at a consistory held Feb. 22; three will be over the age of 80, and thus ineligible to vote in the election of the next Pope. Of the 16 voting cardinals, nine come from South … [Read more...]

God has a ‘handmade’ love for everyone, says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2014 / 09:15 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ Monday morning homily centered on the theme of God’s profound and unique love for each person. “I like to think that the Lord might have the feelings of a couple who is expecting a child: he waits.  He always waits for us in this history, and then accompanies us during history. This is the eternal love of the Lord: eternal, but concrete!  It is also a ‘handmade’ love, because he makes history, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Let yourselves be ‘flooded by the love of God’

Vatican City, Jan 12, 2014 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis emphasized the need for Christians to allow God to work powerfully in their lives. When Jesus was baptized, the heavens were opened, but this “is also possible for every one of us, if we let ourselves be flooded by the love of God that comes to us given by the Holy Spirit for the first time at baptism,” encouraged Pope Francis on Jan. 12 from the window of the Apostolic … [Read more...]

‘Hand on the faith,’ Pope instructs parents at baptism

Vatican City, Jan 12, 2014 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily at Sunday Mass, Pope Francis reminded parents who had brought their infants to be baptized of their duty to pass on the faith to their children. “Today, carry this thought home with you. We must be transmitters of the faith. Think of this, think always of how to hand on the faith to (your) children,” he told the families who were gathered for Mass in the Sistine Chapel. “These children are links in … [Read more...]

California bishops pray for rain as state’s drought continues

Sacramento, Calif., Jan 12, 2014 / 06:08 am (CNA).- The Catholic bishops of California have called for prayers for rain to bring relief to the drought in the state, as well as for those threatened by the lack of water. “May God open the heavens and let his mercy rain down upon our fields and mountains,” said the prayer composed by Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento. “Let us especially pray for those most impacted by water shortages and for the wisdom and charity to be good … [Read more...]

Pope’s first cardinals represent peripheries of the world

Vatican City, Jan 12, 2014 / 05:57 am (CNA).- Today Pope Francis announced the names of the 19 men from various parts of the globe who will be appointed cardinals in February. In the surprise announcement at the end of his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis noted that the new Cardinals come “from 12 countries from every part of the world,” and “represent the deep ecclesial relationship between the Church of Rome and the other Churches throughout the world.” The … [Read more...]

Pope voices gratitude for group committed to Christian unity

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2014 / 05:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with an ecumenical scholarship organization on the morning of Jan. 11, thanking them for their dedication to the work of Christian unity. “I express my deep gratitude to all the benefactors who have supported and (continue to) support the committee,” he told members of the Catholic Committee for Cultural Collaboration. “Without your valued contribution this work would not be possible. Therefore, I … [Read more...]


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