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."