Divorced should be embraced with kindness, priest underscores

Rome, Italy, Nov 14, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian priest who serves as a spiritual director for dozens of divorced Catholics in Rome said that the Church needs to lovingly embrace its members who have suffered from separation. “Through Baptism everyone is a child of God, God liberates us all, and in a particular way, this Pope, many times, has affirmed the importance of embracing everyone,” said Father Paolo Bachelet. At 90 years-old, Fr. Bachelet helps families … [Read more...]

Bishops renew call for comprehensive immigration reform

Baltimore, Md., Nov 14, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops are reiterating their appeal to President Obama and the newly elected members of Congress to enact just and humane immigration reform within the coming year. “I am heartened by the recent public statements of the leaders of both political parties supporting the consideration of comprehensive immigration reform in the new Congress,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the U.S. … [Read more...]

Vatican congregation to emphasize liturgical music, art

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2012 / 02:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the Vatican's approval on Nov. 14 of its restructuring, the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments will shift its focus more intensely on art and liturgical music. The restructuring is in accord with a Sept. 2011 apostolic letter issued by Pope Benedict XVI, where he noted that the changes will help the congregation in “giving a fresh impetus to promoting the sacred liturgy in the … [Read more...]

Jesus expressed the faith in small ‘tweets,’ cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Nov 14, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official urged Catholics to share the Gospel in a concise and eloquent way like Jesus, “who used only 78 Greek characters to express the faith, barely half of the amount used for a message on Twitter today.” Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, who serves as president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, made his remarks Nov. 9, as he received a “Honoris Causa” Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Lateran … [Read more...]

‘Practical atheism’ more destructive than disbelief, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2012 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The practical atheism of those who say they are Christian but live as if God does not exist is a greater threat than actual atheism, Pope Benedict XVI said as he presented three ways for people to more fully discover God.While actual atheists often think deeply about God before rejecting belief, practical atheism “is even more destructive … because it leads to indifference towards faith and the question of God,” the … [Read more...]

Bishops nix economy statement; approve preaching, confession documents

Baltimore, Md., Nov 14, 2012 / 03:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although they shelved a strongly debated statement on the economy, the U.S. bishops’ approved moving ahead with the reorganization of their communications department, and the publication of documents on preaching and confession.The bishops voted by a margin of 202-25 to hire a director of public affairs to help improve the conference’s communications effectiveness and strategy.Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, … [Read more...]

Sophia Institute Press names new president

Bedford, N.H., Nov 14, 2012 / 02:01 am (CNA).- The New Hampshire-based Sophia Institute Press has named its current CEO, Charlie McKinney, as its new president.McKinney, the publisher’s chief operating officer since April 2011, helped restore the press’ financial viability. He said he is “honored” to be entrusted with the task of “building and expanding one of America’s great Catholic publishing houses.”“Through our various apostolates and … [Read more...]