Maronite patriarch warns Syrian conflict could spread to Lebanon

Antioch, Turkey, Aug 19, 2012 / 05:04 pm (CNA).- Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai of Antioch, the head of the Maronite Catholic Church, has warned that the armed conflict in Syria is affecting neighboring Lebanon and could trigger a major conflict in the country.“The civil war in Syria between the Sunni majority and the Alawite minority has already begun to have an impact on the Sunnis and Alawites in north Lebanon, in Tripoli and Akkar,” he told Aid to the Church in Need.The … [Read more...]

Pope says Christ’s life was one of sacrifice, not popularity

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 19, 2012 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI said that Jesus did not seek recognition during his public ministry but chose instead to preach the sometimes difficult truth of “his sacrifice of love.” “Jesus was not a Messiah who aspired to an earthly throne,” Pope said during his Sunday Angelus address at Castel Gandoflo Aug. 19. “He did not seek popularity to conquer Jerusalem, and indeed, he desired to go to the Holy … [Read more...]

Memorial of Pope St. Pius X celebrated Aug. 21

Denver, Colo., Aug 19, 2012 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Aug. 21, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of Pope Saint Pius X, known for opposing doctrinal errors, promoting frequent Holy Communion, and initiating liturgical reforms during the early 20th century. “He loved Christ and fed His flock,” Pope Pius XII said of his predecessor St. Pius X, in a May 1954 message delivered shortly after his canonization. “He drew abundantly on the heavenly treasures which our … [Read more...]