Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pope Francis Named TIME's "Person of the Year 2013"

The international news magazine chose to bestow the honour on the Holy Father largely because of his humility and compassion. "In a very short time, a vast, global, ecumenical audience has shown a hunger to follow him," TIME's managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, wrote in an article explaining their decision. "For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest faith to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is TIME’s 2013 Person of the Year."

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said the designation was "unsurprising, considering the resonance and very widespread attention given to the election of Pope Francis and the beginning of his pontificate.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Pope Francis Approves Creation of Commission for Protection of Minors

Pope Francis has approved the creation of a special commission for the protection of children. The suggestion was made by the eight-member Council of Cardinals currently meeting at the Vatican, and presented to the Holy Father, who subsequently approved its creation.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, a member of the council, told reporters this afternoon that the creation of the new body continues "decisively along the lines undertaken by Pope Benedict XVI." 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Pope Francis On Dying in Christ

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Good morning and congratulations because you are brave to be here in this square with this cold weather. Many compliments!

I want to bring to a close the catechesis on the “Creed,” carried out during the Year of Faith, which ended last Sunday. In this and the next catechesis I would like to consider the subject of the resurrection of the flesh, taking two aspects as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, namely our dying and rising in Jesus Christ. Today I shall pause on the first aspect, to “die in Christ.”

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Church is Not the Master of Forgiveness, But Its Servant: Pope Francis

The faithful do not have a duty but a right to find the forgiveness of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation ministered through priests, Pope Francis stressed today at his weekly General Audience.

Addressing tens of thousands of pilgrims who had braved the rain to listen to the Holy Father in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis on the Creed to the forgiveness of sins.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

'Tyranny is Encouraged by Silence': says Cardinal Zen Ze-Kium

There is no battle that the Salesian Cardinal has not undertaken in his country, always within the scope of religious liberty, social equality and human rights. Two years ago, at the age of 79, he even endured a long hunger strike against the increase of government controls on Catholic schools.

After making him a cardinal in 2006, Benedict XVI wanted him to be his personal adviser on matters regarding China. Even today, the cardinal does not give up. With a sharp-witted spirit and “without diplomacy” (as the title of his book-interview of 2008 stated), he hopes for profound change in his homeland. Zenit, the catholic news agency, met with Cardinal Zen, who is in Rome for the opening of the Academic Year of the Pontifical Lateran University. Here’s is the interview that followed:

Zenit: Eminence, for years you have fought for religious liberty and the promotion of human rights in your country. Have your battles borne fruit today?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

On the Forgiveness of Sins

Here is the translation of Pope Francis’ continuing catechesis on the Creed in the Year of Faith during today’s General Audience held in St. Peter’s Square.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In the Creed, through which every Sunday we make our profession of faith, we affirm: “I believe in one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.” It is the only explicit reference to a Sacrament within the Creed. In fact Baptism is the “door” of faith and of the Christian life. The Risen Jesus left this task to the Apostles: “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved” *Mark 16:15-16).

Monday, November 11, 2013

Pope Francis: 'Corrupt Christians Do Much Harm to the Church'

During his homily at Casa Santa Marta today, the Holy Father warned of those who pretend to be Christian while calling on the faithful to recognize themselves as sinners so as not to be corrupt.

Drawing from today’s Gospel from St. Luke, Pope Francis underlined Christ’s example in forgiving a repentant sinner. However, Jesus also gives a word of warning to those who are a cause of scandal. “What is the difference between sinning and scandalizing?” the Holy Father asked.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pope Francis’ Wordless Catechism on Family Life

The eloquence of a gesture, the power of spontaneity, when we allow others to take center stage, the world watches. Today’s video shows scenes from the young 6 year-old boy who “stole the stage” from Pope Francis. The occasion was the meeting of the families held in the Vatican.

While the video in itself is touching and certainly brings a smile to the face, is important that we always true to understand and learn a very valuable lesson from the Holy Father, which in his case, are many times cloaked in the robes of spontaneity and simplicity.