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How do you remain in Jesus? Do what he did, Pope says

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: May 3, 2015
Vatican City, May 3, 2015 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis paid a visit to a parish on the southern outskirts of Rome, where told parishioners that in order to be a good Christian they must always be attached to Jesus, who gives life. “To remain in Jesus, and this is the hardest of all, mans to do what Jesus did. To have the same attitude as Jesus,” the Pope told parishioners at Mary Queen of Peace in Ostia Lido, in the south of the diocese of Rome, Mary 3. “When we expel others, for example, when we gossip, we don’t remain in Jesus. Jesus never did this. When we are liars, we don’t remain in Jesus. He never did it. When we cheat others with these dirty affairs, which are the work of everyone, we find ourselves dead. We don’t remain in Jesus,” he said. To remain in Jesus, Francis explained, means “to do the same that he did. To do good, to help others, to pray to the Father, to care for the sick, to help the po

Unity with Christ will transform your life, Pope says

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: May 3, 2015
Vatican City, May 3, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Regina Coeli address Pope Francis focused on the parable of the vine and the branches, saying that it reveals the importance of uniting oneself to Jesus, who changes how we live. “Jesus is the life, and through him – like sap in a tree – the love of the same God, of the Holy Spirit, passes to the branches,” the Pope told attendees of his May 3 Regina Coeli address. “We receive a new way of being, the life of Christ becomes ours: we are able to think like him, act like him, to see the world and things with the eyes of Jesus.” As a result of this union, we are better able to love others, “beginning with the poorest and those who suffer, with his heart and bring into the world the fruits of goodness, charity and peace,” he said. Francis spoke to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly address. Before leading the crowd the traditional Marian

Who's on the guest list for a Vatican concert? Rome's homeless community

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: April 30, 2015
Vatican City, Apr 30, 2015 / 05:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Next month the Vatican will invite Rome's poor and homeless to a concert intended to raise money for Pope Francis’ charities, which last year boasted over one and a half million in charitable giving. “The most beautiful note, harmony, symphony of the pentagram is that of charity, because it's everywhere and always touches the chords of each heart, of whoever makes them feel it and whoever hears it,” Mons. Diego Giovanni Ravelli told journalists April 30. Head of the Office of the Apostolic Almoner, which is responsible for the Pope's charity, Mons. Ravelli explained that music itself is a form of charity, because “when it touches the soul of man, it brings inside of him the excitement of life and heals the poverty of his heart.” Set to take place on the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord May 14 at 6 p.m. in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, the concert is titled “Wi

Pope: Is the fear of failure causing young people to avoid marriage?

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: April 29, 2015
Vatican City, Apr 29, 2015 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the number of children raised in brokenness on the rise, young people view marriage as a path to failure – so Pope Francis says it’s time for Christians to restore faith in the family. “The most persuasive witness of the blessing of Christian marriage is the good life of Christian spouses, and the family,” the Pope said to some 60,000 people in Saint Peter's Square April 29. “There is no better way of expressing the beauty of the sacrament!” Since the end of last fall, Pope Francis has been centering his catechesis for the weekly general audience on the family as part of the lead-up to the World Day of Families in September as well as October’s Synod of Bishops on the Family. In his address, the Pope observed how fewer people today are getting married. In many countries separations are on the rise while the number of children born is declining, he noted, saying that it&rs

Pope Francis donates 100,000 dollars to Nepal relief efforts

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: April 29, 2015
Vatican City, Apr 29, 2015 / 07:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After Saturday’s massive earthquake devastated the Southeast Asian country of Nepal, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum has offered financial assistance to the local community as a sign of solidarity. In an April 28 communique, it was emphasized that the donation is “a first and immediate concrete expression of spiritual closeness and paternal encouragement for the people and the affected areas” on behalf of the Pope. Given directly to the local Church, the funds will be used to support initiatives aimed at helping displaced persons and victims of the earthquake. Cor Unum is the Vatican council tasked to organize and coordinate humanitarian aid in the face of natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Since the massive 7.8 quake ripped through Nepal April 25, more than 5,000 people have been confirmed dead, and the number is expected to rise as relief workers clear rubble and reach remote areas far out f

How to encounter Islam, according to Pope Francis: with the whole truth

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: April 28, 2015
Vatican City, Apr 28, 2015 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking Monday to the bishops of the west African nation of Benin, Pope Francis encouraged their formation of youth through education, emphasizing particularly the importance of intercultural and interreligious encounter. “Another important challenge you face is that of vigilance with youth and education … this effort should continue without abatement for the integral formation, both human and spiritual, of the younger generations is important for the future of the society to which they can make a valuable contribution, notably in terms of solidarity, of justice, and of respect for the other,” Pope Francis said April 27 to the bishops from Benin, who were in Rome for their ad limina visit. “It is necessary,” he immediately continued, “to promote in your country – without of course renouncing any of the Truth as revealed by the Lord – the encounter between cultures and dialogu

The 'theology of the people', according to Pope Francis

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: April 27, 2015
Vatican City, Apr 27, 2015 / 03:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a previously unpublished 2012 lecture, Pope Francis explains the inner sense of the ‘theology of the people,' emphasizing that popular piety is the antithesis of widespread secularization. The lecture has now been published for the first time, in the Italian edition of “An Introduction to the Theology of the People,” by Argentine theologian Ciro Enrique Bianchi, a pupil of Victor Manuel Fernandez – rector of the Catholic University of Argentina and one of Pope Francis' closest collaborators. The book was conceived as a theological and spiritual profile of the Argentine thinker Rafael Tello, considered one of the founders of the 'theology of the people' which Pope Francis holds in high esteem. The 'theology of the people' was popular in Argentina as an alternative to radical liberation theology. While radical liberation theologians looked to Marxist, immanentist interpreta

Pope to new priests: Don’t be a peacock

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: April 26, 2015
Vatican City, Apr 26, 2015 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis presided over the ordination of nearly twenty men to the priesthood on Sunday, where he warned them against being vain priests who live first for their own pleasure rather than for God’s. “A priest is ugly who lives for his own pleasure,” Pope Francis said, adding that such a priest “acts like a peacock.” Pope Francis presided over the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Apr. 26, during which he, as the bishop of Rome, ordained 19 men for the Roman diocese. During the ordination Mass, the Pope delivered the standard homily based on the Italian edition of the Pontificale Romanum for the ordination of priests, but digressed from the text several times to offer advice to the men about to be ordained. In these remarks, he said priests should nourish God’s people with their homilies, while making sure they are not bored. Ensure “that your homilies are not boring; that y

Pope Francis talks about his soccer ‘skills’

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: April 26, 2015
Vatican City, Apr 26, 2015 / 06:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is a well-known soccer fan. His favorite team is San Lorenzo de Almagro, one of the most important teams in Argentina, and the Pope still keeps his associate membership card for the team. But what was unknown until now is that when he was a young boy the future Pope was a “patadura”--someone who is not very good at kicking the ball. He himself admitted this in a brief interview with the online sports news site TyC Sports of Argentina. The interview didn’t last more than a minute. The reporter asked him several questions about his love of soccer, to which the Pope gladly responded. “Did you play soccer?” the interviewer asked. The Pope replied: “Eh, I’m a ‘patadura,’ not so good at it.” The interviewer asked him again, “But what did you play, defense or…” “No, no, I was a patadura, not that good at it…nothing more

Pope Francis offers prayers for victims of massive Nepal earthquake

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: April 25, 2015
Kathmandu, Nepal, Apr 25, 2015 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is praying for the victims of a massive earthquake that shook Nepal and surrounding areas in Kathmandu Valley on Saturday morning, according to a report from Vatican Radio.  The earthquake measured a 7.9 on the Richter Scale and wreaked havoc on the densely populated area, where officials fear the death toll could surpass 1,000, and the number of injured could be more than 1,700, according to reports from BBC.  The epicenter of the quake was 80 km northwest of the country’s capital, Kathmandu, where the quake toppled a 100-year -old temple, split roads, and destroyed houses and buildings. Tremors could be felt as far away as New Dehli in India, and aftershocks continued to shake the area for hours after the initial quake. Vatican Radio spoke with Fr Pius Perumana, an aid worker from Caritas Nepal in Kathmandu, who said emergency workers were still searching for survivors in the city where m