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Love is in the air: Pope marries couple mid-flight during Chile visit

Love is in the air: Pope marries couple mid-flight during Chile visit

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

In his five years in office, Pope Francis gained a reputation for tossing protocol and embracing spontaneity. Today, he did it again with another papal first: marrying two flight attendants on board his flight from Santiago to Iquique.

According to journalists traveling with the Pope, the couple – Paula Podest and Carlos Ciuffardi – went to the Pope during the Jan. 18 flight to ask for his blessing.

The couple told Francis they had been…

Youth to be Vatican’s focus in 2018, Cardinal Parolin says

Youth to be Vatican’s focus in 2018, Cardinal Parolin says

By Hannah Brockhaus, ACI Prensa

In an interview published Thursday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that for the Vatican, the new year will be marked by its attention to the lives of young people ahead of the 2018 Synod of Bishops.

“This year – the year 2018 – will be characterized by a special concentration of the Church’s attention at all levels on the young, then on their expectations, their aspirations, the challenges they face and also on the hopes that…

Pope taps Colombian bishop to oversee Sodalitium amid ongoing crisis

Pope taps Colombian bishop to oversee Sodalitium amid ongoing crisis

By Elise Harris, CNA

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Colombian Bishop Noel Antonio Londoño Buitrago C.Ss.R. has been appointed papal commissioner for the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a Catholic society of apostolic life.  

Londoño will oversee the community as they continue a process of reform, following revelations that their founder, Luis Fernando Figari, committed serial acts of abuse while leading the community. Several former leaders of the community have faced related allegations.

Londoño's appointment was announced in a Jan. 10…

Pope Francis: Sin separates us from both God and neighbor

Pope Francis: Sin separates us from both God and neighbor

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On Wednesday, Pope Francis emphasized how sin breaks our relationship with God and with our community, which is why at the beginning of every Mass we pause to recognize our sinfulness and ask for forgiveness.

“Sin severs: Severs the relationship with God and severs the relationship with our brothers, the relationship with family, with society, with the community: Sin always severs, separates, divides,” the Pope said Jan. 3, at his first general audience of the…

Pope: All of Mass is important – don’t be late!

Pope: All of Mass is important – don’t be late!

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Pope Francis on Wednesday stressed the importance of getting to Mass on time, noting that every piece is important, especially the opening Sign of the Cross, where we prepare as a community to worship God together.

“It is not a good habit to look and the clock and say: ‘I am in time, I will arrive after the sermon and with this fulfill the commandment,’” the Pope said Dec. 20.

“The Mass begins with the…

Pope Francis and bishops respond to Law’s death as funeral plans finalized

Pope Francis and bishops respond to Law’s death as funeral plans finalized

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

The Vatican announced Wednesday that the funeral Mass of Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston who died Dec. 20, will be held Thursday.

As is customary for cardinals who most recently resided in Rome, the Mass will be held at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica, and will be presided over by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, alongside other cardinals and bishops.

After the Eucharistic celebration, Pope Francis…

In Advent, prepare your heart like your hearth, Pope says

In Advent, prepare your heart like your hearth, Pope says

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

During Advent, we should prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus like we joyfully prepare our homes for a visit from a family member or friend, Pope Francis said Sunday, especially removing anything keeping us from Christ.

“When we await at home a visit from a loved one, we prepare everything with care and happiness. In the same way we want to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord: to wait for him…

Curia reform: Pope Francis reorganizes Vatican Secretariat of State

Curia reform: Pope Francis reorganizes Vatican Secretariat of State

By Andrea Gagliarducci, CNA/EWTN News

Pope Francis has established a third section, or department, of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, which reportedly began its operations Nov. 9. The new section is named “Section for the Diplomatic Staff,” and is tasked with overseeing the Holy See’s diplomatic corps, stationed around the world.
 
Archbishop Jan Romeo Pawlowski has been appointed to helm the third section. Previously the apostolic nuncio to Gabon, in 2015 Archbishop Pawlowski was appointed…

Pope Francis got a Lamborghini, and he’s auctioning it for charity

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

On Wednesday, Pope Francis became the new owner of a papal-themed Lamborghini Huracán, which was given to him by company executives at the Vatican and will be auctioned off for charity.

The sleek white Huracán with gold lines running along the hood and angles of the car's body was presented to Francis in front of his residence at the Vatican's Saint Martha Guesthouse Nov. 15. He blessed and autographed it in the presence of top…

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