Mistaken obituary labels George Soros as ‘predatory’ billionaire

Denver, Colo., Apr 22, 2013 / 12:07 pm (CNA).- A mistakenly-published article erroneously announcing the death of George Soros described the atheist billionaire as a successful “Hungarian-American financier” who has donated huge sums of money to liberal causes.“George Soros, who died XXX at age XXX, was a predatory and hugely successful financier and investor, who argued paradoxically for years against the same sort of free-wheeling capitalism that made him billions,” … [Read more...]

No room for self-promoters in God’s kingdom, Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2013 / 10:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned that some people, even in the Church, are “social climbers” that try to promote themselves, instead of seeking to glorify Christ. “These social climbers exist even in the Christian communities, no? Those people who are looking out for themselves ... and consciously or unconsciously pretend to enter but are thieves and robbers,” he said at an April 22 Mass for Vatican press office and Vatican … [Read more...]

Being Christian means risking following Jesus, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2013 / 04:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Lukewarm Christians try to build a church that conforms to their own common sense and see too much risk in following Jesus, Pope Francis preached.   “They are Christians of good sense only: they keep their distance. Christians, so to speak, who are ‘satellites,’ that have a church small in size: to quote the words of Jesus in Revelation, ‘lukewarm Christians,’” the Pope said at the April 20 morning … [Read more...]

Catholic agency hopes for lasting food aid reform

Baltimore, Md., Apr 21, 2013 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Relief Services is supportive of a proposal to make changes in the way that government food aid is delivered internationally, provided that it has long-term provisions that will not be subject to annual budget debates.Recently, the Obama administration proposed shifting the model for international food aid. Under the current model, money is used to purchase food produced in the U.S. and ship it overseas. The new proposal would … [Read more...]

Minister with constant joy, Pope Francis counsels new priests

Vatican City, Apr 21, 2013 / 07:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis ordained 10 men as priests this morning, reminding them that they should carry out their ministry with “constant joy and genuine love.” “Therefore, carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns but to those of Jesus Christ. You are pastors, not functionaries. Be mediators, not intermediaries,” the Pope told the newly ordained. The … [Read more...]

Ask Jesus what he wants and be brave, Pope tells youth

Vatican City, Apr 21, 2013 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just after ordaining 10 men to the priesthood, Pope Francis called on young Catholics to ask Jesus “what he wants from you and be brave!” “There are many young people today, here in the square. Let me ask this: have you sometimes heard the voice of the Lord through a desire, restlessness, inviting you to follow him more closely? Have you had any desire to be apostles of Jesus?” Pope Francis asked the crowd in St. … [Read more...]

Franciscan martyr St. Fidelis honored April 24

Denver, Colo., Apr 21, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A former lawyer who left his profession to become a Capuchin Franciscan priest, Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen has his liturgical memorial on April 24. Fidelis' life bridged the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a time of religious conflict in Western Europe. He died at the hands of a mob while preaching in Switzerland, where he had gone to combat the Calvinist heresy. The future “Fidelis” received the name of Mark … [Read more...]