Pope urges support for children affected by AIDS

Vatican City, Nov 28, 2012 / 12:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict is lending his support to combatting HIV/AIDS, with a special focus on advocating for children who receive the disease from their mothers. "My thoughts turn in particular to the large number of children who contract the virus from their mothers each year, despite the treatments which exist to prevent its transmission," said the Pope at the end of his Nov. 28 general audience. As he looked ahead to the … [Read more...]

Nuncio says Church needs holy priests more than ever

La Plata, Argentina, Nov 28, 2012 / 12:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message to seminarians, the apostolic nuncio to Argentina said that in today's society the Catholic Church is in dire need of “well formed” and holy priests. During a Mass to mark the 90th anniversary of St. Joseph Seminary in La Plata, Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig drew a parallel between the formation of seminarians and the healing of the ten lepers in the Gospel. “Of the ten, only one returned to … [Read more...]

Pope counsels parents to share faith with joy, dialogue

Vatican City, Nov 28, 2012 / 10:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sharing the faith with children and others should be done in a joyful, clear and simple manner, Pope Benedict said at the Wednesday general audience. "In our time, a special place to talk about God is the family, the first school to communicate the faith to new generations," Pope Benedict said Nov. 28 in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. He delivered his remarks, which are part of an ongoing weekly series on faith, to … [Read more...]

Bishops decry Congo violence, urge international help

Washington D.C., Nov 28, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Leaders of the Catholic Church in Africa are calling for humanitarian aid and peace efforts in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo after rebel forces captured a major city. In light of “the mission of Christian charity and solidarity,” the African bishops called on various charitable organizations to renew and strengthen their efforts to ease “the suffering afflicting these brothers and … [Read more...]

Conference to study father figures in television

Rome, Italy, Nov 28, 2012 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At an upcoming spring conference, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross will examine father figures and their portrayal in TV, including Lord Grantham from the British series Downton Abbey. Many television series “portray the father as being the family's problem,” observed Professor Enrique Fuster, one of the organizers of the conference scheduled for April 22-23, 2013 at the Roman university. Fuster, who teaches … [Read more...]

Yad Vashem honors Italian cardinal who rescued Jews

Jerusalem, Israel, Nov 28, 2012 / 12:12 am (CNA).- Israel’s official Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem has named the World War II-era Archbishop of Florence, Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa, as “Righteous Among the Nations” for his help in rescuing hundreds of Jews from Nazi persecution. Yad Vashem said on Nov. 26 that the cardinal “played a central role in the organization and operation of a widespread rescue network.” The Nazis began to deport Jews after the German … [Read more...]