Pope Offers Morning Mass for Martyred Coptic Christians

02/17/2015 Comments (6)

At the beginning of Mass this morning in Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis called for prayers for the Coptic Orthodox Christians kidnapped and brutally killed by Islamic State in Sirte, Libya.

As he prepared to begin the Mass in the residence chapel, the Pope invited the congregation to join him in prayer for “our brother Copts, whose throats were slit for the sole reason of being Christian, that the Lord welcome them as martyrs, for their families, for my brother Tawadros, who is suffering greatly”.

He then prayed: “Be my protector, O God, a mighty stronghold to save me. For you are my rock, my stronghold! Lead me; guide me, for the sake of your name”.

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Full Text of Pope's Homily at Mass for New Cardinals

02/15/2015 Comments (14)

Here below is the full text of Pope Francis' homily at Mass delivered this morning in St. Peter's basilica for 20 new cardinals created yesterday in the course of the Ordinary Public Consistory.

 "Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean"… Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out his hand and touched him, and said: "I do choose. Be made clean!" (Mk 1:40-41). The compassion of Jesus! That com-passion which made him draw near to every person in pain! Jesus does not hold back; instead, he gets involved in people’s pain and their need… for the simple reason that he knows and wants to show com-passion, because he has a heart unashamed to have "compassion".

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Pope Francis Creates 20 New Cardinals

02/14/2015 Comments (3)

Pope Francis greeted Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on entering St. Peter's basilica.


Pope Francis reminded 20 newly created cardinals this morning they are always to to be ordered towards charity, have a “strong sense of justice”, "rejoice in the right", and be docile to the working of the Holy Spirit.

“The more we are ‘incardinated’ in the Church of Rome, the more we should become docile to the Spirit,” Francis explained, “so that charity can give form and meaning to all that we are and all that we do.”

He also warned against being jealous, boastful, and puffed up with pride, and stressed their newly elevated status is not “honorific” but rather an essential support for the life of the community.

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Pope Francis: Curial Reform Must Lead to More Effective Evangelization

02/12/2015 Comments (3)
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Swiss Guard on duty at the Bronze Door of the Apostolic Palace.

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To harmonize the work among Vatican offices, increase effective collaboration, and promote collegiality – these are some of the end goals of reform of the Roman Curia, Pope Francis said today.

Opening a two-day consistory of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican’s Synod Hall today largely dedicated to studying the reform proposals so far, the Pope said reforming the curia is “not an end in itself, but a means to give a strong Christian witness.”

He said it must “promote a more effective evangelization,” as well as a “more fruitful ecumenical spirit”, and encourage a “more constructive dialogue with all”.

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VIDEO: Pope Francis Unexpectedly Drops in On Rome's 'Favela'

02/09/2015 Comments (3)

Pope Francis broke from his scheduled programme on Sunday to make an unnanounced visit to the Arcobaleno di Ponte Mammolo nomadic camp in Rome. 

Sometimes referred to as Rome's "favela", or slum, it forms part of the parish of St. Michael the Archangel of Pietralata where many homeless, unemployed or those unable to earn enough money to buy food live. 

Read more on the visit here

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Bishop Tebartz Van Elst Appointed to Pontifical Council

02/09/2015 Comments (11)

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst

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Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst, the former bishop of Limburg near Frankfurt, Germany, is to begin a new appointment in March as a delegate on catechesis at the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, the Register has learned. 

An official at the Pontifical Council confirmed today that Bishop Tebartz van Elst was appointed in December on behalf of Pope Francis through the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. It follows reports in the German press that the bishop had been appointed to the Council, but that the appointment had been subsequently withdrawn by Pope Francis, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 

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Cardinal Müller on Reform of the Roman Curia and the Church

02/07/2015 Comments (13)
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Cardinal Gerhard Müller

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Pope Francis, in his approach to reforming the Roman Curia and the Church, is pursuing a “spiritual cleansing of the temple, at the same time both painful and liberating, so the glory of God can shine in the Church, the light of all mankind,” the Vatican’s doctrinal chief has said.

In an article in tomorrow’s L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, addresses the theological criteria for a reform of the Church and the Roman Curia, laying out what he believes should be the basis of the changes.

The publication of the piece is timed to coincide with a meeting from Monday to Wednesday next week of the C9 Council of Cardinals...READ MORE

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Confirmed: Pope Francis to Address Joint Session of Congress

02/05/2015 Comments (11)

The Vatican has confirmed Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress in Washington D.C. during his apostolic visit to the United States in the Fall.

Confirmation of the address, which will take place Sept. 24, was also announced this morning by the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Pope Francis will become the “first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress,” Boehner said in a statement, adding that he was “truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation.”

"In a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father’s message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds," he said....READ MORE

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family", published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin