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A society without fathers is a society of orphans, Pope Francis says

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: January 28, 2015
Vatican City, Jan 28, 2015 / 06:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience catechesis Pope Francis turned to the role of fathers, saying that they play an irreplaceable role in family life, and their absence leaves children prey to false idols. “When children feel neglected by fathers who focus only on their problems, on their work or their own personal realization, this creates a situation of orphans in the children and youth of today, who live disoriented, without the good example or prudent guidance of a father,” the Pope said Jan. 28. Pope Francis directed his words to pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall for his Wednesday general audience address. Continuing his catechesis on the family, the pontiff spoke on the theme of fatherhood. The Pope’s reflection on fatherhood falls after a separate general audience address on the role of mothers earlier this month, during which he hailed motherhood as the “antidote to individualism.&r

Pope Francis asks, Do you discern God's will before making a decision?

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: January 27, 2015
Vatican City, Jan 27, 2015 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis dedicated his homily at Mass on Tuesday to the theme of obeying God’s will, saying a Christian should have a heart like Mary, who was open and obedient to all that God asked of her. “Do I pray that the Lord gives me the desire to do his will, or do I look for compromises because I’m afraid of God’s will?” the Pope asked the attendees of his Jan. 27 Mass, held in the chapel of the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse. The Roman Pontiff encouraged those present to pray in order “to know God’s will for me and my life, concerning a decision that I must take; the way in which we handle things … there are so many things.” First, he said, there is the need to pray to know God’s will, then to pray for the desire to do it, and finally when we have these things, we pray “for the third time, to follow it. To carry out that will, which is not my own, i

A visit to Naples, Pompeii on Pope Francis' slate for March

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: January 27, 2015
Vatican City, Jan 27, 2015 / 12:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' liturgical schedule from now until Easter has been released – and it includes the creation of new cardinals and a daylong pastoral visit to Italian cities of Naples and Pompeii. In February, Pope Francis will kick-off the month by celebrating a special Mass on the second commemorating the feast of the Presentation of the Lord as well as the 19th World Day of Consecrated Life. The Mass, which will take place inside St. Peter's Basilica at 5:30 p.m., will be held specifically for the members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in honor of the Year for Consecrated Life declared by Pope Francis. On Sunday, Feb. 8, Pope Francis will make a 4 p.m. pastoral visit to the Roman parish St. Michael the Archangel in Pietralata, where he will most likely celebrate Mass. The next weekend, on Saturday, Feb. 14, the Pope will hold an 11 a.m. ordinary public consistory for the c

Wondering what to give up for Lent? Try indifference, Pope says

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: January 27, 2015
Vatican City, Jan 27, 2015 / 05:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The “globalization of indifference” was at the heart of Pope Francis’ Lenten message, in which he urged faithful to fight individualism with merciful hearts that are more attentive to the needs of others. “(Jesus) is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us,” the Pope noted in his Jan. 27 Lenten message, saying that often times when we life a healthy and comfortable lifestyle, “we forget about others.” “We are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure...Our heart grows cold,” he observed, saying that today this “selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference.” The Roman Pontiff’s Jan. 27 message, titled after the biblical passage “Make Your Hearts Firm” from James

Women are irreplaceable in passing on the faith, Pope says

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: January 26, 2015
Vatican City, Jan 26, 2015 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Women in the family have a crucial role in transmitting the faith from one generation to the next, said Pope Francis during morning Mass for the feast of saints Timothy and Titus. Addressing the congregation gathered in the Vatican's Santa Marta residence on Jan. 26, the Pope centered his reflection on Paul’s letter to Timothy – who writes that his “sincere faith” comes from the Holy Spirit “through his mother and grandmother”. “Mothers and grandmothers are the ones who transmit the faith,” the Pope said, according to Vatican Radio's translation. He noted that faith is a gift which is passed from one generation to the next by the women in the family, namely “mothers and grandmothers,” or “maids and aunts.” The reason faith is passed by “mainly women,” the Pope said, is “because the one who brought us Jesus is a woman.”

Pope to canon lawyers: Annulment process must be both secure and prompt

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: January 26, 2015
Vatican City, Jan 26, 2015 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a speech delivered on Saturday to participants in a conference on how to handle causes of nullity, Pope Francis encouraged a marriage process that is both sure of its judgements and prompt. The three-day conference is sponsored by the Pontifical Gregorian University, and marks the 10th anniversary of Dignitas connubii, an instruction of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts to tribunals on handling causes of the nullity of marriage. Pope Francis praised the document in his Jan. 24 address as “a modest but useful handbook that really takes the ministers of the tribunals by the hand toward the implementation of a process that is both secure and prompt.” “A secure process because it indicates and explains with clarity the goal of the process itself, namely moral certainty: this requires that any prudent, positive doubt of error be totally excluded, even if the mere possibility of the contrary is n

Pope: Dialogue between religions key in countering violence

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: January 26, 2015
Vatican City, Jan 25, 2015 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Jan. 24 stressed the need for dialogue between different faiths, saying that it is essential in preventing violence and promoting peace. “Perhaps now more than ever such a need is felt, because the most effective antidote against all forms of violence is education towards the discovery and acceptance of differences,” he said, according to Vatican Radio. The Pope spoke to members of the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies at an audience marking the 50th anniversary of the institute’s opening. He praised the group’s efforts to promote Christian-Muslim dialogue, emphasizing the importance of such dialogue in achieving peace. “If it is assumed that we all belong to human nature, prejudices and falsehoods can be overcome and an understanding of the other according to a new perspective can begin,” he said. While progress has been made in inter-religious di

Christian unity demands encounter – not theory, says Pope

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: January 25, 2015
Vatican City, Jan 25, 2015 / 03:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than “theoretical discussions,” what unites Christians is encounter, and a willingness to “challenge one another,” said Pope Francis as he marked the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. “Christian unity will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each party tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions,” the Pope said during vespers at Saint Paul Outside the Walls Basilica on Jan. 25. “To plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another, we need to encounter one another and to challenge one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who harmonizes diversities and overcomes conflicts,” he said. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally celebrated from Jan. 18-25, between the feasts of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Those present at this year’s Vespers included Ecumenical patriarch

As Ukraine violence continues, Pope renews call for dialogue

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: January 25, 2015
Vatican City, Jan 25, 2015 / 12:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his weekly Angelus address, Pope Francis decried the recent escalation of violence in Ukraine, and later called on Christians to pray for unity with one another. “With deep concern, I am following the worsening of clashes in eastern Ukraine, which continues to cause many victims among the civilian population,” the Pope said Jan. 25, addressing the crowds from the window of the Apostolic Palace. Thirty people were killed by rocket fire in Mariupol, Ukraine, amid clashes between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces, according to BBC. The attacks are the latest in an ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine which has left 5,000 people dead since April 2014. Assuring his prayers for the suffering in Ukraine, the Pope renewed his “heartfelt appeal” for dialogue to be resumed, and for “an end to every hostility.”   Beginning his Angelus address, Pope Francis reflected on the

Pope Francis surprised by misunderstanding of his words on family

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: January 24, 2015
Vatican City, Jan 24, 2015 / 04:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis was surprised that his words on responsible parenthood were not widely taken in the sense that he intended them, a Vatican official related in an interview on Thursday. Archbishop Giovanni Becciu, Substitute at the Secretariat of State, also told Avvenire, the Italian bishops' publication, on Jan. 22 that the Pope was saddened at the misunderstanding. “The Pope is truly sorry that it created such disorientation. He absolutely did not want to disregard the beauty and the value of large families,” Archbishop Becciu stated. “Seeing the headlines, the Holy Father, with whom I spoke yesterday, smiled and was a bit surprised that his words were not fully contextualized with regards to a very clear passage of Humanae vitae on responsible parenthood,” Archbishop Becciu stated. Bl. Paul VI's 1968 encyclical on the regulation of birth said that “responsible parenthood, as we use