Popes Address to the Papal Foundation

VATICAN CITY, April 12, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Here is the text of Pope Francis' address yesterday to the members of the Papal Foundation on their annual pilgrimage to Rome.* * *Dear Friends,I am pleased to meet the members of The Papal Foundation during your pilgrimage to Rome, and I thank Cardinal Wuerl for his kind words. I very much appreciate your prayers as I begin my ministry as the ...

Francis A Good Priest Is Recognized by the Way His People Are Anointed

In First Chrism Mass Homily, Pontiff Reflects on Priestly MinistryBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY, March 28, 2013 (Zenit.org) - In his homily for the first Chrism Mass of his pontificate, Pope Francis reflected on the image of anointing and the priesthood. The Holy Father began his homily by greeting the priests who were present at the Mass, which he said,"recalls the day of your ...

Pope to priests anointing others will strengthen your heart

The Pope told priests that if they"anoint" others by bringing the grace of God to their everyday realities, they will be strengthened in their priesthood."A good priest can be recognized by the way his people are anointed," said Pope Francis during the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass at which oils that will be used in the sacraments are blessed."When our people are anointed ...

Rabbi David Rosen Jewish-Catholic Relationship Will Be Important Focus of Francis Pontificate

American Jewish Committee Director Speaks on Pontiff's Role in Interfaith DialogueBy Anita BourdinROME, March 21, 2013 (Zenit.org) - As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, was well known in his efforts in fostering dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Jewish Community of Argentina.After ...

Pope Francis and Foreign Affairs What to Expect

Perhaps the Same Priorities, But a Different StyleBy Edward PentinROME, March 21, 2013 (Zenit.org) - When it comes to international relations, Pope Francis' priorities are unlikely to greatly differ from those of Pope Benedict XVI. But his difference in style could potentially harvest abundant fruit in terms of bringing others to Christ and strengthening ties with the Holy See.Like his ...

Pope Meets With Fellow Argentines at Domus Sanctae Marthae

Surprise Gathering of Religious and Lay People Share Spirit of Warm FriendshipVATICAN CITY, March 21, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Pope Francis on Wednesaday met with about 50 people from Argentina, in a spur-of-the-moment gathering at the Domus Sanctae Marthae.Among those present was Archbishop Jose Maria Arancedo of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz, president of the Argentine bishops' conference, Fr. Pablo ...

Welcome Pope Francis Video Campaign

VATICAN CITY, March 22, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Hello ZENIT Readers,Thousands in St. Peter's had the opportunity to greet His Holiness Pope Francis, and wish him the best. Now it's your turn. Send us a short (20-second) YouTube video with your greeting for the new Supreme Pontiff. We will choose the top videos and post them on our official YouTube page for the world to see.Send the link of ...

New Popes Stance on Marriage Seen as Relevant in Britain

Archbishop Nichols Speaks on Recent Election of Pope Francis (Part II)By Ann SchneibleROME, March 21, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Though little more than a week has passed since the election of Pope Francis, his papacy is already proving particularly relevant to the people of Britain, suggests the archbishop of Westminster, as that nation faces issues concerning marriage defense, concern for the poor, and ...

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