Francis will not be prisoner to public opinion, analyst says

Vatican City, May 4, 2014 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican observer Sandro Magister has said that Pope Francis’ “formidable praise” for Paul VI’s “Humanae Vitae” is key to understanding his papacy’s alternating emphases of both clear doctrine and pastoral mercy. Magister, writing in his May 1 column at L'Espresso, noted that the renewed controversy over communion for divorced and remarried Catholics has created “formidable … [Read more...]

Pope: Jesus journeys with us in the Eucharist

Vatican City, May 4, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA).- In his Sunday homily delivered at a Polish parish in Rome, Pope Francis meditated on the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist as a source of strength for Christians. The Pope reflected on the gospel account of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus who failed to recognize the risen Jesus Christ until he “broke bread” with them. Pope Francis said that the two became “witnesses of the hope that is Christ! Because they met him, … [Read more...]

Legal groups offer free analysis in wake of Mozilla head’s resignation

Scottsdale, Ariz., May 3, 2014 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the resignation of a Silicon Valley CEO following an uproar over his defense of marriage, two firms are providing free legal analysis to anyone suffering at work for opposing a redefinition of marriage. Brendan Eich resigned as head of Mozilla Corporation April 3. He had been appointed one week earlier, and quickly came under criticism from advocates of same-sex “marriage” because of his $1,000 donation to … [Read more...]

Open parish doors to evangelize, urges Pope

Rome, Italy, May 3, 2014 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting with nearly 7,000 members of the Italian lay movement Catholic Action, Pope Francis spoke of the need for parishes to be open and outgoing. “It’s a matter of opening the doors and allowing Jesus to be able to go outside. Many times we have Jesus closed inside the parish with us, and we don’t go outside and we don’t let him go out!” said the Pope on May 3. “Open the doors because He goes, at … [Read more...]

Vatican child protection commission seeks global reach

Vatican City, May 3, 2014 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ new advisory commission on the protection of minors is expanding its membership to include representatives from around the world to improve sex abuse prevention and to better care for victims. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors recently held discussions “focused on the commission's nature and purpose and on expanding the membership to include people from other geographical areas and other … [Read more...]

Rhode Island military chaplain introduces Boston Marathon to Afghanistan

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, May 3, 2014 / 09:08 am (CNA).- A year ago, Father Lukasz Willenberg could never have imagined that this year, despite racing under a most unique set of conditions in one of the most inhospitable areas of the world, he would manage to top his finishing time in last year’s Boston Marathon.Instead of a bright, sunny morning with a light breeze blowing in off the ocean, Father Luke, and more than 500 runners representing all branches of the Armed Forces taking … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput recalls humanity, dynamism of John Paul II

Philadelphia, Pa., May 3, 2014 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview with an Italian daily, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia discussed his memories of St. John Paul II, with whom he worked as a bishop from 1988 to 2005. “I have vivid memories of my ad limina visits with John Paul II … especially the first one in 1988. John Paul was extraordinarily kind,” Archbishop Chaput told La Stampa in an interview published April 30. “He joked gently with … [Read more...]