At Easter pope calls Christians to be channels of mercy, justice, peace
"Let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish," the pope said after celebrating Easter morning Mass March 31.
In efforts to sell church, Berlin Archdiocese uses eBay
OXFORD, England (CNS) — The Berlin Archdiocese is continuing to try to sell unused churches and even listed a church on eBay. “Virtually every diocese in Germany has sold churches over the past decade, so this is nothing special,” said Stefan Forner, spokesman for the Berlin Archdiocese. “The parish in question was helped by professionals, […]
Pope leads Good Friday liturgy, begins rite in silent prayer, adoration
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Lying prostrate on the floor before the main altar of St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion. The pope presided at the service March 29 to commemorate Christ's death on the cross.
Pope washes feet of 12 young detainees to serve them ‘from the heart’
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis told young inmates that, just as Jesus came to help and serve others, he, too, was at their service as a priest and bishop. During the evening Mass at Rome’s Casal del Marmo prison for minors, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 young people of different nationalities and […]
Self-absorption is root of evils within church, future pope said
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Evils within the church are caused by a self-centeredness and "theological narcissism" that forget to share Christ with people outside of the church, Pope Francis said in the days before his election. "When the church is self-referential, inadvertently, she believes she has her own light," he said in a summary of a speech he gave to the College of Cardinals before the start of the conclave that ended in his election.
Holy Week is time to follow Jesus in search of lost sheep, pope says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Holy Week is a time to follow Jesus out of one’s parish or group and out of one’s comfort zone to go with him in search of the lost sheep, Pope Francis said. “There is such a great need to bring (people) the living presence of Jesus, who is merciful and […]
Pope Francis to live in Vatican guesthouse, not papal apartments
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has decided not to move into the papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace, but to live in a suite in the Vatican guesthouse where he has been since the beginning of the conclave that elected him. A typical suite in the residence has a sitting room with a desk; a bedroom with dresser; and a private bathroom.
Vatican confirms pope to lead full slate of Holy Week, Easter liturgies
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican confirmed Pope Francis will lead a full slate of Holy Week and Easter liturgies in Rome and at the Vatican, keeping pace with a usually busy papal schedule. The pontiff will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper in a Rome juvenile detention facility rather than in St. Peter's Basilica.
From Mount of Olives to Jerusalem, world’s Christians mark Jesus’ entry
JERUSALEM (CNS) -- The winding road from the Mount of Olives to the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem was alive with music and song in many languages as global pilgrims joined local Christian Palestinians in the traditional Palm Sunday procession commemorating Jesus' entry into the city.
Lebanese youths lament violence, emigration in Way of Cross reflections
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Meditating on Christ's passion and the ways people contribute to his suffering, Lebanese youths lamented the ongoing emigration from and violence in the Middle East, divisions among Christians, the abuse of women and children, and the promotion of abortion. But despite the hardships, horrors and despair, Christians are called to walk with Christ because "suffering, embraced in faith, is transformed into the path to salvation," the youths said in meditations for the March 29 Way of the Cross service at Rome's Colosseum.