Pope: Digital domain needs loving dialogue, not spiritual engineers

Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service Helping the church get the Gospel message out to the digital world depends more on a loving passion for reaching out to others than being tech savvy or a verbal warrior, Pope Francis told Catholic communicators. “I believe that the goal is to understand how…

Pope condemns abortion as product of ‘throwaway culture’

Sept. 27, 2013, edition Catholic News Service In his strongest public words to date on the subject of abortion, Pope Francis affirmed the sacredness of unborn human life and linked its defense to the pursuit of social justice. “In all its phases and at every age, human life is always sacred and always of quality….

Pope Francis speaks his mind

‘We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods’ Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service In a lengthy and wide-ranging interview with one of his Jesuit confreres, Pope Francis spoke with characteristic frankness about the perils of overemphasizing Catholic teaching on sexual…

Pope expands role, reach of Vatican

Financial Intelligence Authority August 16, 2013, edition By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service As part of the Vatican’s ongoing efforts to ensure that all its financial activity complies with international standards, particularly those aimed at preventing money laundering and the financing of terrorism, Pope Francis has expanded the role and the reach of the Vatican’s…

What might we learn from Pope Francis?

As we saw during World Youth Day, the Holy Father’s compassion and love touches hearts the globe over, Cardinal Sean O’Malley said, calling Catholics to spread the faith with tenderness August 16, 2013, edition By Jordan McMorrough Catholic News Service Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley highlighted the new evangelization in the pontificate of Pope Francis in an Aug. 6…

Media asks, Pope Francis answers

Returning from World Youth Day, Holy Father holds press conference for 80 minutes aboard plane August 2, 2013, edition By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Pope Francis said he was responding to the clear wishes of the College of Cardinals when he set up commissions to study the Vatican bank, Vatican financial and administrative procedures and…

Pope’s actions resonate powerfully

August 2, 2013, edition By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service If Blessed John Paul II had an actor’s mastery of the dramatic gesture and Pope Benedict XVI engaged the faithful most effectively through his writing, Pope Francis showed the world on his first international trip that his forte as a communicator is the simple,…

In his first encyclical, Pope Francis celebrates faith as the light 
of human life

July 19, 2013, edition Catholic News Service By Francis X. Rocca Pope Francis’ first encyclical, “Lumen Fidei” (“The Light of Faith”), is a celebration of Christian faith as the guiding light of a “successful and fruitful life,” inspiring social action as well as devotion to God, and illuminating “every aspect of human existence,” including philosophy…

Francis’ first encyclical shows continuity of papacies

July 19, 2013, edition By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Presenting Pope Francis’ new encyclical and acknowledging how much of it was prepared by retired Pope Benedict XVI, top Vatican officials hailed it as a unique expression of the development of papal teaching and unity in faith. “It is a fortunate coincidence that this text…