Proclaim wisdom of the Church boldly, exhorts Archbishop Chaput

Washington D.C., Jul 9, 2013 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the search for knowledge is universal, spanning all times and places, true wisdom is found in the Church and points us towards salvation in Christ, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.“Wisdom is the pursuit of the true, the right, and the lasting,” which find their source “in God, and nowhere else but God,” the archbishop said in a July 8 talk.“Power, sex, knowledge, money, … [Read more...]

Catholic Health group approves of mandate, despite bishops

Washington D.C., Jul 9, 2013 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Days after the U.S. bishops indicated the HHS contraception mandate remains unacceptable, the Catholic Health Association has approved the government's accommodation. “CHA had two principal concerns. The first was the four-part definition of what constituted a 'religious employer.' That concern has been eliminated,” Sister Carol Keehan, president of CHA, announced in a July 8 memo to members of the … [Read more...]

Pope grants indulgences for World Youth Day

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will grant a plenary indulgence – a remission of all temporal punishment due to sin – to World Youth Day Catholic participants, the Vatican announced July 9. The head of the Church’s Apostolic Penitentiary, Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, and its secretary, Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, released a decree on July 9 that says the Pope will grant it during the July 22-29 event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. … [Read more...]

Buy humble bicycles, Pope advises future priests, nuns

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2013 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “I think that bicycles are necessary because there’s a lot of work to do and you have to move around but get a humbler one!” Pope Francis told seminarians and novices July 7 in the Vatican’ s Paul VI Hall. “And, if you like that beautiful car, think about how many children are dying of hunger, just (think of) that!” he told the approximately 6,000 young adults. Pope Francis met with the young … [Read more...]

World Youth Day will have over 250 teaching sessions

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2013 / 08:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has confirmed over 267 venues will offer lessons on the faith during Pope Francis’ World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil later this month.The catecheses – teaching sessions on the faith – will be given by bishops and cardinals for three days during between July 24 and 26, with 133 of them in Portuguese, 50 in Spanish and 25 in English.Italian and French are the next largest language groups with 15 … [Read more...]

New generation of filmmakers to ‘Impact Culture for Christ’

San Diego, Calif., Jul 9, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA).- A group of filmmakers of the John Paul II generation, looking to spread the Gospel of Christ, is working to produce a new high-quality short film, called “Bandit,” in San Diego, Calif. The short silent film aims to explore the innocence of childhood through humor, as a masked and mischievous little girl sets out on a quest to cheer up a friend. Students at John Paul the Great Catholic University plan to use the project to … [Read more...]

Vatican Bank donated $70 million to charity in 2012

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Bank donated some $70 million to charities in 2012, according to a Vatican statement released Thursday. “The Members of the Council expressed their deep gratitude for the support given, often anonymously, to the Holy Father’s universal ministry in spite of moments of economic crisis, and encouraged perseverance in this good work,” said the July 4 statement of the Council for Cardinals for the Study of … [Read more...]