Council of Cardinals hones plan for reorganizing Roman Curia (Vatican Press Office) The Council of Cardinals, meeting at the Vatican this week, continued revising a draft of an apostolic constitution, to be entitled Praedicate Evangelium, which will reorganize the offices of the Roman Curia. In consultation with Pope Francis the Council decided that the draft should now be shared with the leaders of national episcopal conferences, the synods of Eastern Catholic churches, the heads of conferences of religious superiors, and current Vatican officials.
The Council of Cardinals will hold its next meeting in April.
'Father who art in heaven' is theme of Pope's general audience (Vatican News) The February 20 general audience took place in Paul VI Audience Hall (video). In 2018, Pope Francis devoted his Wednesday general audiences to the Holy Mass, the Sacrament of Baptism (April 11-May 16), the Sacrament of Confirmation (May 23-June 6), the Commandments (June 13-November 28), and the Our Father (beginning December 5). In his 2019 audiences, he has continued to reflect on the Lord’s Prayer.
Critics are 'relatives of the devil,' Pope tells audience from Italian diocese (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis again lashed out at critics of the Church, during a February 20 audience with members of the Italian diocese of Benevento. Speaking of Padre Pio’s love for the Church, the Pontiff said that “he loved her as she was, he did not destroy her with the tongue—as it is the fashion to do now.”
The Pope continued: “Whose is the office of the accuser? The devil! And those who spend their lives accusing, accusing accusing, are... I will not say children, because the devil does not have any, but friends, cousins, relatives of the devil.”
Filipinos march to express concern over threats to life (UCANews) At the Mass for the annual walk for life, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila preached on “the mother’s womb, the womb of the family, the womb of society ... Let us pause, and thank God for life and for the mission to nurture it, promote it, defend it and share it.”