Evangelization more than strategy, cardinal-designate says

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2012 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new cardinal-designate said he was encouraged by the recent bishops' synod in Rome, which emphasized an encounter with the risen Christ as the basis of all evangelization. What “caught my attention in the synod was the desire of everyone to make evangelization not so much a strategy but a living encounter with the living Lord,” Archbishop Luis A. Tagle of the Philippines told CNA Oct. 29. “I guess in the past … [Read more...]

Archbishop tells children to encounter Christ though reading Gospel

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct 30, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires told thousands of children gathered in the Argentinean capital to “encounter Jesus” in the poor, Holy Communion and in the frequent reading of the Gospel. Cardinal Bergoglio celebrated the traditional Archdiocesan Mass for Children on Oct. 27 at the Parque Roca Stadium in Buenos Aires. During his homily, he encouraged children to “seek after Jesus” and … [Read more...]

Film on boy’s redemptive struggle with cancer shown at Vatican

Mexico City, Mexico, Oct 30, 2012 / 03:09 pm (CNA).- A new movie based on the real-life story of a 15-year-old boy who became a source of joy to those around him – despite dying from cancer – recently debuted at the Vatican.   The film “Cambio de Planes,” directed by Mexico native Paco Arango, was released in the country on Oct. 26 and, following its success, premiered Monday at the Vatican. “It has received acclaim for conveying a very positive, hopeful … [Read more...]

Cuban bishops bring relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Oct 30, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of eastern Cuba toured the provinces of Santiago, Holguin and Guantanamo to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, and bring pastoral and material aid to thousands of victims. An official from the Diocese of Holguin told CNA on Oct. 26 that local Bishop Emilio Aranguren “personally went to all of the affected parishes,” and later went to Santiago to meet with Archbishop Dionisio Garcia, who also … [Read more...]

Pope urges respect for rights of migrants, refugees

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2012 / 09:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released Pope Benedict's message for the upcoming ninety-ninth World Day of Migrants and Refugees, in which he urged global respect for those forced to leave their homelands. “Every migrant is a human person who, as such, possesses fundamental, inalienable rights that must be respected by everyone and in every circumstance,” the Pope said Oct. 29, quoting his 2009 encyclical “Caritas in … [Read more...]

Vatican condemns sex abuse in wake of Jimmy Savile revelations

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2012 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has reiterated condemnation of sexual abuse following allegations against deceased British TV star Jimmy Savile, who during his life was given a papal knighthood for his charity work. “The Holy See condemns in the strongest terms the heinous crimes of sexual abuse of children, takes very seriously what has come to light about Jimmy Savile,” said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi on Oct. 27. “It … [Read more...]

New website gathers video resources for Catholic ministry

Rome, Italy, Oct 30, 2012 / 01:05 am (CNA).- The new website Catholic Link catalogues videos and other resources useful for ministry and evangelization, aspiring to proclaim the gospel with “creativity and ingenuity.” “We are deeply convinced that our Catholic Faith in the Lord Jesus is the answer today, for all people, of all ages,” said Garrett Johnson, the manager of Catholic Link’s new English-language site. He said the site invites visitors to … [Read more...]