‘Hand on the faith,’ Pope instructs parents at baptism

Vatican City, Jan 12, 2014 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily at Sunday Mass, Pope Francis reminded parents who had brought their infants to be baptized of their duty to pass on the faith to their children. “Today, carry this thought home with you. We must be transmitters of the faith. Think of this, think always of how to hand on the faith to (your) children,” he told the families who were gathered for Mass in the Sistine Chapel. “These children are links in … [Read more...]

California bishops pray for rain as state’s drought continues

Sacramento, Calif., Jan 12, 2014 / 06:08 am (CNA).- The Catholic bishops of California have called for prayers for rain to bring relief to the drought in the state, as well as for those threatened by the lack of water. “May God open the heavens and let his mercy rain down upon our fields and mountains,” said the prayer composed by Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento. “Let us especially pray for those most impacted by water shortages and for the wisdom and charity to be good … [Read more...]

Pope’s first cardinals represent peripheries of the world

Vatican City, Jan 12, 2014 / 05:57 am (CNA).- Today Pope Francis announced the names of the 19 men from various parts of the globe who will be appointed cardinals in February. In the surprise announcement at the end of his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis noted that the new Cardinals come “from 12 countries from every part of the world,” and “represent the deep ecclesial relationship between the Church of Rome and the other Churches throughout the world.” The … [Read more...]

Pope voices gratitude for group committed to Christian unity

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2014 / 05:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with an ecumenical scholarship organization on the morning of Jan. 11, thanking them for their dedication to the work of Christian unity. “I express my deep gratitude to all the benefactors who have supported and (continue to) support the committee,” he told members of the Catholic Committee for Cultural Collaboration. “Without your valued contribution this work would not be possible. Therefore, I … [Read more...]

A look at Pope Francis’ possible choices for February consistory

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2014 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis’ choices for cardinals are likely to fall in line with his pastoral emphasis and his desire that the Church go to the peripheries. In the coming days, Pope Francis will be announcing the names of those who will receive the “red hat” in the Feb. 22 consistory. Popes traditionally read out the names of the cardinals-to-be at a general audience or Sunday Angelus at least a month prior to the event. At this point, it … [Read more...]

Pope: Good priests have living relationship with Jesus Christ

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2014 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' homily on Saturday morning offered a strong exhortation to priests to remain faithful to their relationship with Jesus Christ. Priests must ask themselves, “what is the place of Jesus Christ in my priestly life? A living relationship between disciple and master, between brother and brother, between a poor man and God, or is it a little artificial not coming from the heart?” the Pope said on Jan. 11. Pope … [Read more...]

Bishops lament federal ‘disregard’ for state marriage laws

Washington D.C., Jan 11, 2014 / 08:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. bishops lamented federal agencies’ decisions to ignore state marriage laws, Attorney General Eric Holder has said the federal government will recognize the “gay marriages” briefly contracted in Utah. “State marriage laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman deserve respect by the federal government,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. … [Read more...]