Dark moment reminded Pope to seek God’s will above success

Vatican City, May 29, 2013 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At his daily Mass in St. Martha’s residence this morning, Pope Francis warned about the dangers of a Church that is too concerned with “organization and success” by recalling a “dark moment” of his spiritual life. “A Church that only thinks about triumphs (and) successes, does not know that rule of Jesus: the rule of triumph through failure, human failure, the failure of the Cross. “And this … [Read more...]

Pope: Jesus’ plan for humanity requires Catholic Church

Vatican City, May 29, 2013 / 07:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis began a new series of reflections by saying that although some people want Jesus but not the Church, “it is the Church that brings us Christ” and reunites us to God. “Even today, some say, ‘Christ yes, the Church no,’ like those who say, ‘I believe in God, but in priests, no.’ They say, ‘Christ: yes. Church: no.’ Nevertheless, it is the Church that brings us Christ and … [Read more...]

US Catholics to join Pope Francis in Eucharistic Adoration

Washington D.C., May 29, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Many U.S. dioceses and individual parishes will join Pope Francis in simultaneous Eucharistic Adoration June 2 that is uniting Catholics in prayer around the world. The Pope has invited the world to join him in an hour of adoration at 5 p.m. Rome time this Sunday, the Feast of Corpus Christi, which he will lead from St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. The announcement drew particular enthusiasm in Corpus Christi, Texas, … [Read more...]

Supreme Court will not hear Planned Parenthood defunding case

Washington D.C., May 29, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA).- In a setback for state efforts to defund abortion providers, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear Indiana’s appeal of a court ruling against its ban on Medicaid dollars for organizations that perform abortions.“The court missed an opportunity to clarify, once and for all, that states may cut the abortion industry off from all sources of taxpayer funding,” said Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans … [Read more...]

Examine what prevents intimacy with Christ, Pope says

Vatican City, May 29, 2013 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The faithful need to examine their lives to find the “riches” that prevent them from “getting close to Jesus” like the young man who refuses to give his possessions to the poor in order to follow Christ. Pope Francis focused his homily May 27 on the episode in the Gospel in which Jesus asks a young man to give all his riches to the poor and then follow him. However, rather than following Christ’s call, the … [Read more...]

Iranian government arrests Christian pastor, closes church

Washington D.C., May 28, 2013 / 05:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The pastor of a Pentecostal church in Iran was arrested last week during a religious service, and the church has now been closed by government officials, according to news reports.“These incidents appear to be an attempt to stop worship services from being conducted in Farsi, the language of the majority of Iranians,” said George Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God in the United States.He explained to … [Read more...]

Pope: when Christians lack difficulties, ‘something is wrong’

Vatican City, May 28, 2013 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Faithful Christians will always face difficulties, said Pope Francis on Tuesday, warning that a worldly, career-based approach to faith avoids the suffering and persecution inherent in following Christ.“Many Christians, tempted by the spirit of the world, think that following Jesus is good because it can become a career, they can get ahead,” the Pope said.“When a Christian has no difficulties in life – when … [Read more...]


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