Advisory group will not weaken Pope’s power, analyst explains

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2013 / 01:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although some have worried Pope Francis’ creation of a group of cardinals to advise him means he is giving up some of his papal authority, an expert in Church law says a better description of the move is choosing the members of a cabinet. Paolo Gherri, who teaches the Theology of Canon Law at the Pontifical Lateran University, told CNA in an April 16 interview that he believes Pope Francis “has in some ways chosen the … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI receives birthday greetings from Pope Francis

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).-  Pope Francis made a phone call on the morning of April 16 to wish a happy 86th birthday to his predecessor, Benedict XVI.The Holy Father also sent greetings to Benedict’s brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who has been at Castel Gandolfo with the retired Pope for several days.Both Pope Francis – formerly Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio – and Msgr. Ratzinger will celebrate the feast day of their namesake, St. George, on … [Read more...]

Church leaders pray for peace in wake of Boston bombing

Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2013 / 11:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders offered prayers and sent words of peace to those affected by the explosions at the Boston Marathon, encouraging the faithful to pray for those involved and for the souls of those who have died.Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston expressed his “deep sorrow following the senseless acts of violence perpetrated at the Boston Marathon,” offering “prayers and concern” for those who were … [Read more...]

Vatican unveils plans for International Family Center in Nazareth

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2013 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is moving ahead with plans to build the International Family Center in Nazareth, a complex that will include a church, meeting spaces, a hotel for visitors and play areas for children, all as part of an effort to build up the family in the Holy Land. The project was presented April 16 at a Vatican press conference by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Salvatore Martinez from the Renewal in … [Read more...]

Pope urges Bostonians to combat evil with good

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2013 / 06:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is praying for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing and encouraging them not to be overcome by evil but fight it with good. “At this time of mourning the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good, working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come,” reads a message sent to … [Read more...]

Pope urges Bostonians to combat evil with good

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2013 / 06:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is praying for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing and encouraging them not to be overcome by evil but fight it with good. “At this time of mourning the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good, working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come,” reads a message sent to … [Read more...]

On 86th birthday, Benedict praised as deeply humble

Los Angeles, Calif., Apr 16, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Benedict XVI celebrates his 86th birthday on April 16, the author of a new book on the legacy of the retired pontiff says his humility largely inspired the work. “I was...fond of Benedict because he was truly humble man,” Charles Coulombe, author of “The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI,” told CNA April 15. “He was kind of shy and retiring, but he was willing to re-invigorate the trappings of the … [Read more...]


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