Pope closes Mary’s month reflecting on her spiritual attitude

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a Rosary in St. Peter’s Square to mark the end of May, Pope Francis asked people to “listen, decide, and take action” like Mary did. “Listen to everyday reality, to people, to the facts because the Lord is at our door and knocks in many ways, he places signs in our path; he give us the ability to see them,” the Pope said in front of thousands of pilgrims, following the 8:00 p.m. Rosary. He spoke … [Read more...]

Legion of Christ update presented to Pope Francis

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The papal delegate overseeing the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christ met with Pope Francis on Monday to discuss the progress that has been made in reforming the two religious bodies.During their 45-minute meeting, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis said, he and the Pope discussed the drafting of a new constitution for the Legion of Christ, which will be presented at the order’s General Chapter in early 2014.They also discussed the … [Read more...]

Praising God frees us from sorrow, Pope proclaims

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians often act like they are “going to a funeral procession rather than to praise God,” Pope Francis declared, urging believers to spend time praising God so they are not slaves to their sorrows. “You here at Mass,” the Pope said in the chapel of St. Martha’s House, “do you give praise to God or do you only petition God and thank God? “Do you praise God?” he repeated, pointing out … [Read more...]

Vatican bank president focusing on image change

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The new head of the Vatican’s Institute for Works of Religion, Ernst von Freyberg, says his main goal is to improve the image so that the Pope’s message remains in the spotlight. “My dream is that our reputation is such that people don’t think of us any more, when they think about the Vatican, but that they listen to what the Pope says,” remarked von Freyberg in an exclusive May 31 interview with Vatican … [Read more...]

Contraception funding charges inaccurate, NY archdiocese says

New York City, N.Y., May 31, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Responding to media reports, the Archdiocese of New York said that its payments to a labor union fund that goes towards insurance coverage of contraception and abortion are involuntary and do not excuse the federal contraception mandate. “The union, local 1199, is present in all health care facilities. Even if a health care facility chose not to negotiate with the union it would be forced to abide by the same terms of the … [Read more...]

Targeting of crisis pregnancy centers draws sharp criticism

Washington D.C., May 31, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A bill introduced in congress allowing the Federal Trade Commission to investigate crisis pregnancy centers has sparked a fiery reaction that abortion clinics warrant far greater scrutiny. “It's outrageous to target generous people who are out there to give women a real choice,” Maureen Ferguson, senior policy adviser for The Catholic Association, told CNA May 30. The bill was introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. … [Read more...]

Pope made apartment choice to avoid isolation

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 12:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told his friend he lives a normal life as pontiff and that he decided not to move into the Papal Apartments so would not become isolated. “I let people see me and I live a normal life; (I have) public Mass in the morning, I eat in the dining room with everyone, etc.,” he wrote to his friend Father Enrique Rodriguez in a letter dated May 15. “This does me good and prevents me from being isolated,” … [Read more...]


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