International Youth Forum meets to continue work of Synod
Vatican City, Jun 18, 2019 / 07:45 am (CNA).- Nearly 250 young adults will meet in Rome this week for the International Youth Forum to discuss how best to implement ideas from the 2018 Synod of Bishops in their home dioceses. Citing Pope Francis urging in Christus Vivit that young people themselves are agents of youth ministry, the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life invited young adults from 109 countries to participate in the forum June 19-22.
Amazon Synod to consider possible ordination of married men
Vatican City, Jun 17, 2019 / 07:30 am (CNA).- The working document for the special assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region, released Monday, recommends study of the possibility of ordaining married men in remote areas for the priesthood. Stating that celibacy is a gift for the Church, we ask that, for more remote areas in the region, study of the possibility of priestly ordination of elders, preferably indigenous they can already have an established and stable family, in order to ensure the sacraments that they accompany and support the Christian life, paragraph 129 of the document released June 17 states.
Pope Francis: Whatever happens, 'hope does not disappoint!
Camerino, Italy, Jun 16, 2019 / 06:09 am (CNA).- Hope, which is more than mere optimism, gives one a deep-rooted confidence in the love and care of God, no matter what has happened, Pope Francis said Sunday. Hope does not expire, because it is based on the fidelity of God.
Vatican's doctrinal office expected to release document on gender theory
Vatican City, Jun 14, 2019 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- The Vaticans doctrinal office is preparing a document which will address Church teaching and the anthropology of the human person in the context of so-called gender theory, according to a Vatican official. According to a source, speaking to CNA on background, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is expected to publish in the coming months a more in-depth theological and anthropological text than the guide that was published by the Congregation for Catholic Education earlier this week.
Vatican Secretary of State marks 25 years of diplomatic relations with Israel
Rome, Italy, Jun 14, 2019 / 06:56 am (CNA).- Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin marked the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Israel Thursday by calling for a shared commitment to religious freedom and combatting anti-Semitism. The peace process and the future of the region are in the heart of the pope and the Holy See, Parolin said June 13 at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary in the Great Synagogue of Rome.
Christians must sow hope among the poor, pope says
Vatican City, Jun 13, 2019 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis challenged Catholics to be a source of hope for those in poverty, especially in the face of divisions in wealth and a throw-away culture. The Pope released Thursday his message for the third annual World Day of the Poor, which will take place Nov.
Francis tells his ambassadors not to criticize him behind his back
Vatican City, Jun 13, 2019 / 02:04 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis sent a message to apostolic nuncios Thursday informing his ambassadors that they have a responsibility as papal representatives not to criticize the pope or to join groups hostile to the Roman curia. It is therefore irreconcilable to be a pontifical representative criticizing the pope behind his back, having blogs or even joining groups hostile to him, to the curia and to the Church of Rome, Pope Francis said June 13 in remarks distributed to more than 100 nuncios meeting in the Vaticans Apostolic Palace.
Fr. Augustus Tolton, former African American slave, advances toward sainthood
Vatican City, Jun 12, 2019 / 05:03 am (CNA).- Fr. Augustus Tolton advanced along the path to sainthood Wednesday, making the runaway slave-turned-priest one step closer to being the first black American saint.
Pope Francis: Unity is in the 'DNA' of Christian community
Vatican City, Jun 12, 2019 / 04:15 am (CNA).- An essential characteristic of Christian community is its unity in diversity, and the freedom this gives to Christians to come alive as witnesses of Christ, Pope Francis said Wednesday. The selection of Matthias to take Judas place among the Twelve Apostles, as told at the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles, is the reunification of the apostolic college, the pope said June 12.
Missionary mandate rooted in baptism, Pope Francis says
Vatican City, Jun 10, 2019 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis, in his message for World Mission Day, asked the Church to remember her missionary awareness and commitment, rooted in the grace of baptism. He emphasized the importance of renewing the Churchs missionary commitment and giving fresh evangelical impulse to her work of preaching and bringing to the world the salvation of Jesus Christ in his message, released June 9.
Francis: Leaders who talk of peace but sell arms will face 'wrath of God
Vatican City, Jun 10, 2019 / 11:08 am (CNA).- Discussing the Syrian civil war Monday, Pope Francis said God hears the cry of orphans and widows, and that his wrath will be visited on those who deal in arms trafficking while speaking of peace. I think with sadness, once again, of the drama of Syria and the dense clouds that seem to thicken above it in some areas that are still unstable and where the risk of an even greater humanitarian crisis remains high.
New Vatican document says gender theory is 'cultural and ideological revolution
Vatican City, Jun 10, 2019 / 08:35 am (CNA).- A Vatican department has issued a sweeping denunciation of so-called gender theory, and affirmed the principles of human dignity, difference, and complementarity. In all such [gender] theories, from the most moderate to the most radical, there is agreement that ones gender ends up being viewed as more important than being of male or female sex, the Congregation for Catholic Education wrote June 10, in a new document entitled Male and Female He Created Them.
With international service group, pope connects Catholic charismatics to broader Church
Rome, Italy, Jun 9, 2019 / 08:27 am (CNA).- As several thousand Catholics belonging to the charismatic renewal gathered in Rome this Pentecost weekend, the Vatican officially launched a new international service to aid the ministry in its commitment to communion and service. Bishop Peter Smith told CNA that with the creation of CHARIS, the Holy Father is trying to say okay, were part of a much bigger thing here, lets not lose sight of that connection and lets help one another to build the Kingdom and not just be focused on ourselves.
Pope Francis on Pentecost: 'Christian life unravels' without the Holy Spirit
Vatican City, Jun 9, 2019 / 03:29 am (CNA).- Without the gifts of the Holy Spirit, Christians lack that which animates them and gives them internal life and harmony, Pope Francis said on Pentecost. Without the Spirit, our Christian life unravels, lacking the love that brings everything together, Pope Francis said at Mass in St.
Pope Francis: The world needs an ecological 'conversion'
Vatican City, Jun 8, 2019 / 12:12 pm (CNA).- The world needs an ecological conversion in order to manifest the Churchs vision of an integral human ecology, Pope Francis said in an address to a conference on the social teaching of the Church. .
Pope: The Church is a home you can always return to
Vatican City, Jun 8, 2019 / 11:01 am (CNA).- Pope Francis said Saturday he wants people to recognize the Church as their home and a place where they are always welcome. "How I wish," he said June 8, that people would recognize the Church "for this more than mercy, for this more than humanity and tenderness, of which there is so much need!" That "you would feel at home, the 'maternal home' where you are always welcome and where you can always come back," he said.
Holy See confirms changes to Italian liturgical translation of Our Father, Gloria
Vatican City, Jun 7, 2019 / 02:36 pm (CNA).- The Apostolic See has confirmed the translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal prepared by the Italian bishops' conference. The translation has garnered attention for its changes to the Our Father, as well as the Gloria.
Witnesses of freedom and mercy' - Pope Francis remembers bishops martyred under Communism
Vatican City, Jun 5, 2019 / 03:29 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Wednesday reflected upon his recent apostolic visit to Romania, where he beatified seven Greek-Catholic bishops martyred under Soviet occupation. The pope said June 5 that the beatified bishops were witnesses to the freedom and mercy that comes from the Gospel.
Pope Francis names NY priest, canon lawyer bishop of Syracuse
Vatican City, Jun 4, 2019 / 06:10 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Tuesday appointed Fr. Douglas Lucia, a canon lawyer, the next bishop of Syracuse, New York.
Full text of Pope Francis' in-flight press conference from Romania
Aboard the papal plane, Jun 3, 2019 / 06:09 am (CNA).- Please read below for CNA's full transcript of the pope's June 2 in-flight press conference from Sibiu, Romania to Rome: Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Holy See Press Office: Good evening. Welcome, Holy Father.