Pope prays at papal tombs on Feast of All Souls

Vatican City, Nov 2, 2013 / 01:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Late Saturday afternoon Pope Francis went to the Vatican grottos to pray in private for the souls of the deceased pontiffs interred there.November 2 marks the Feast of All Souls, a day traditionally dedicated to praying for those who have died. In his homily on November 1, the Feast of all Saints, Pope Francis had spoken of the deceased saints saying, “Those who have preceded us and have died in the Lord are there (in … [Read more...]

Decreases in religious life could prompt canon law reform

Vatican City, Nov 2, 2013 / 06:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the context of a discussion on the exodus of religious and priests, the heads of the congregation for religious have said that Pope Francis is open to a reformation of the Code of Canon Law.At a conference on “vocational perseverance” held at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome Oct. 29, Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies … [Read more...]

Court unanimously overturns block on Texas abortion law

Austin, Texas, Nov 1, 2013 / 05:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Texas pro-life advocates have claimed victory after a federal appeals court unanimously reinstated state rules that require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.“Legislators worked so hard to pass House Bill 2 because they are not only concerned about protecting the unborn, but also about women going to abortion clinics with sub-standard conditions and unsanitary equipment,” Elizabeth Graham, … [Read more...]

Knights’ Pope Francis documentary to re-air on Sunday

Rome, Italy, Nov 1, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new documentary on Pope Francis by the Knights of Columbus, entitled “Francis: The Pope from the New World,” will re-air this Sunday on the U.S. cable channel CNBC.“This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins – but does not end – with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” Carl Anderson, Supreme … [Read more...]

Saints lived out their baptismal seal, Pope Francis says

Rome, Italy, Nov 1, 2013 / 01:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Mass for All Saints’ Day at a Roman cemetery Nov. 1, teaching that saints lived out their baptism and include many everyday people who have not been officially recognized by the Church. “God remembers each of them, one by one, each by name,” Pope Francis preached during the afternoon Mass at the entrance of Rome’s Verano Cemetery. “The saints, who stand before the face of the Lord, pray … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Sanctity is for everyone, saints are not ‘supermen’

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2013 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Feast of All Saints, Pope Francis stressed that the saints are not “supermen” who are “born perfect,” but rather are ordinary people who followed God “with all their heart.”“They are like us, they are like each of us, they are people who before reaching the glory of heaven lived a normal life, with joys and griefs, struggles and hopes,” the Pope said before the noontime Angelus prayer … [Read more...]

Cleveland’s auxiliary, Bishop Gries, retires at 76

Cleveland, Ohio, Nov 1, 2013 / 10:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Roger W. Gries, who was the auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, on Nov. 1, upon his having reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. Bishop Gries celebrated his 76th birthday in March. He was born in Cleveland, and joined the Order of Saint Benedict in 1957. He was ordained a priest in 1963, and lived as a Benedictine through his appointment as an auxiliary bishop of … [Read more...]


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