Pope concludes Year of Faith preaching ‘centrality of Christ’

Vatican City, Nov 24, 2013 / 06:19 am (CNA).- In his homily at Sunday Mass on the Feast of Christ the King, Pope Francis emphasized Jesus’ crucial place in creation, history, and the Church. “The attitude demanded of us as true believers is that of recognizing and accepting in our lives the centrality of Jesus Christ, in our thoughts, in our words, and in our works,” he preached to a crowded St. Peter’s Square on Nov. 24. The many pilgrims who had come to celebrate … [Read more...]

Make God’s priorities your ‘bucket list,’ author says

Denver, Colo., Nov 24, 2013 / 06:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Teresa Tomeo, author of the new book “God’s Bucket List,” says that she knows from her own life how “freeing” it is to put God’s priorities first. “I always had my own bucket list. I had my own plan. But what I found was that was not necessarily aligned with God’s plan for my life,” she told CNA Nov. 21. “When I discovered God’s plan, it was a much better plan for … [Read more...]

Pope Francis calls a traditionalist writer who criticized him

Vatican City, Nov 23, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mario Palmaro, a traditionalist writer who co-authored an article critical of Pope Francis, received a phone call Nov.1 from the Pope himself, who knew that the writer is suffering from a grave illness. Palmaro shared with CNA Nov. 22 that “Pope Francis wanted to act as a priest; yet he is a very special priest and bishop, by calling me and paying attention to my health condition.” According to Palmaro, one of the features … [Read more...]

Pope praises elderly for their wisdom

Vatican City, Nov 23, 2013 / 03:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with participants of an international conference of health care workers today, reminding them that the elderly and sick play an important role in life. The elderly “carry within themselves the memory and the wisdom of life, in order to hand it on to others, and they participate fully in the mission of the Church,” he said on Nov. 23 in the Paul VI Audience Hall. Offering a special “greeting to the … [Read more...]

Pope welcomes those seeking entrance to Catholic Church

Vatican City, Nov 23, 2013 / 12:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis stood at the door of St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday afternoon, prepared to celebrate the entrance of over 500 people into the Catholic Church. As they waited to process inside, Pope Francis asked in the words of the Rite of Introduction, “what do you ask of the Church of God?” “Faith,” the international group of men, women, and children replied. Thirty-five representatives approached the … [Read more...]

Pa. Catholics granted injunction against contraception mandate

Washington D.C., Nov 23, 2013 / 06:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An injunction against the federal contraception mandate granted to a group of non-profit Catholic organizations in Western Pennsylvania has been hailed as a key win for religious liberty. Brandon McGinley, field director for the Pennsylvania Family Institute, told CNA on Nov. 22 that the decision is a “victory for religious freedom.” He pointed to the judge’s “strong argument that the Free Exercise of Religion … [Read more...]

Priests call Year of Faith a chance to deepen knowledge of God

Washington D.C., Nov 22, 2013 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Year of Faith draws to a close, two U.S. priests reflected on faith and the new evangelization, noting the importance of faith as the way that human being come to know God. “Faith is a way of knowing. It's not believing impossible things; rather it's a heightened way of knowing a heightened reality,” Fr. Raymond Gawronski, visiting scholar at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, … [Read more...]