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Peter and Paul are the columns on whom the Church rests, Pope recalls

Peter and Paul are the columns on whom the Church rests, Pope recalls

By CNA/EWTN News

Saints Peter and Paul are pillars of the Church and a reminder that God is with us always, Pope Francis said Thursday in St. Peter's Square.

“The Fathers of the Church liked to compare the holy apostles Peter and Paul to two columns, on which the visible building of the Church rests. Both sealed with their own blood their testimony to Christ of preaching and service to the nascent Christian community,” he stated during his June 29…

A new procedure for bishops’ ad limina visits to Rome

A new procedure for bishops’ ad limina visits to Rome

By Andrea Gagliarducci, CNA/EWTN News

In order to foster collegiality, Pope Francis has added to the usual schedule of bishops' ad limina visit to Rome: one additional meeting with the heads of the Vatican dicasteries.

The ad limina apostolorum – “to the tomb of the apostles” – visits are the meetings that groups of bishops from each ecclesiastical region in the world have with the Pope every five years. In such occasions they also visit and celebrate Mass at the tombs…

Pope Francis: I am always joyful when I see young priests

Pope Francis: I am always joyful when I see young priests

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

On Thursday Pope Francis spoke with the Vatican department in charge of priests, saying he is always happy when he sees young priests, because they are important for Christ and represent the youthful face of the Church.

“I am always joyful when I meet young priests, because in them I see the youth of the Church,” the Pope said June 1.

He pointed to various young biblical figures, such as David, who was not presented by…

Pope urges Macron to strengthen France’s Christian roots

Pope urges Macron to strengthen France’s Christian roots

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Tuesday Pope Francis sent a telegram to the new President of France, Emmanuel Macron, offering his prayers and wishes that in his new role, he will support the rich moral and spiritual traditions of the country, including that of Christianity.

“I pray that God support you so that your country, faithful to the rich diversity of its moral traditions and its spiritual heritage marked also by the Christian tradition, may always endeavor to build a more…

Join me at the feet of Mary, Francis asks ahead of Fatima trip

Join me at the feet of Mary, Francis asks ahead of Fatima trip

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Wednesday evening, just two days ahead of his trip to Fatima, Pope Francis sent a video message to the people of Portugal asking them to be with him during his pilgrimage, whether physically or spiritually, as he presents flowers to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“I need to feel your closeness, whether physical or spiritual; the important thing is that it come from the heart. In this way, I can arrange my bouquet of flowers, my…

Pope urges Vatican communications to go digital amid ongoing reform

Pope urges Vatican communications to go digital amid ongoing reform

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Pope Francis told the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, which is holding their first plenary assembly this week, that given a growing digital culture throughout the world, new media must become a primary platform for spreading the Gospel.

“Studying new ways and means to communicate the Gospel of mercy to all people, in the heart of different cultures, through the media that the new digital cultural context makes available to our contemporaries” is something that is “very…

Pope: Easter is about the gift of Christianity – not us

Pope: Easter is about the gift of Christianity – not us

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

As the Church jumps into the Easter season, Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a reflection on Christ’s Resurrection and the start of Christianity, saying it’s not about us and what we do, but what the Lord has done for us.

“(Christianity) is not so much our search for God, but rather God's search for us. How beautiful to think that Christianity, essentially, is this!”

Jesus, the Pope said April 19, “has taken us, has seized…

As Benedict turns 90, a rare glimpse into his joy-filled life

As Benedict turns 90, a rare glimpse into his joy-filled life

By Elise Harris and Martin Rothweiler

In a lengthy interview with EWTN's German television branch, Benedict XVI's closest aide describes how the retired pontiff is doing as he turns the milestone age of 90, giving a rare look into what life is like for the Pope Emeritus.

Archbishop Gänswein has been Benedict's personal secretary since 2003, while the latter was still Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He has remained close at Benedict's side throughout his…

Benedict XVI’s 90 years: ‘I am grateful to God’

Benedict XVI’s 90 years: ‘I am grateful to God’

By CNA/EWTN News

At his birthday party on Monday, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI told his guests that “My heart is full of gratitude for the 90 years which the good God has given me.”

The April 17 gathering at the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery was held in observance of Benedict's 90th birthday, which fell on Easter Sunday, the day prior.

Some 50 guests from his homeland of Bavaria were present, including his elder brother, Fr. Georg Ratzinger.

Today #BenedictXVI celebrated his 90th #birthday with…

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