Conference calls for spiritual preservation of Way of St. James

Madrid, Spain, Aug 5, 2013 / 05:17 pm (CNA).- The spiritual meaning of the Way of St. James pilgrimage must not be reduced to a mere touristic and ecological route, said a Spanish agency charged with promoting the Church's cultural heritage.The ancient pilgrimage route was discussed during a recent meeting of the National Conference of Cultural Heritage of the Church, which is composed of bishops, Spanish national heritage officials and other advisors.They recognized that the nearly … [Read more...]

Use media to spread Gospel, Catholic Voices head says

Napa Valley, Calif., Aug 5, 2013 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics should see the secular media as an opportunity to evangelize and more effectively reach “people who need heroes and need the Gospel,” said the head of a Catholic communications organization.“Look to media as an apostolic opportunity. Call reporters, be their friends. Let them in on the Gospel,” said Kathryn Jean Lopez, director of Catholic Voices USA. “You don’t have to agree with … [Read more...]

Full transcript of Pope’s in-flight press remarks released

Vatican City, Aug 5, 2013 / 04:31 pm (CNA).- Amid a flurry of media reaction, the Vatican has released a full transcript of the remarks Pope Francis made to journalists while on a flight back to Rome from Rio de Janeiro's World Youth Day.During this nearly 90-minute discussion with the press on July 28, the Pope answered questions on a wide variety of issues, including curial reform, the Vatican Bank, Benedict XVI, relations with the Orthodox, and the spirituality of the Society of … [Read more...]

Winning pro-life contest photos will be shown to Pope

Rome, Italy, Aug 5, 2013 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- The winning photos of the contest “Life…in HD,” which is being organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, will be projected for Pope Francis this October in Rome.The Vatican office announced the event on its website, inviting young people to “Become Pope Francis’ photographer” in a “photo competition for teens on the occasion of the Pilgrimage of the Families.”Teens between the ages of 12 … [Read more...]

Ken Hackett approved as America’s next Vatican ambassador

Rome, Italy, Aug 5, 2013 / 07:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a vacancy of nearly one year, the U.S. Senate approved the former head of Catholic Relief Services, Ken Hackett, to serve as the country’s new Ambassador to the Holy See. “We are overjoyed that the country will be represented by a man who through his decades of service has demonstrated his commitment to the dignity and sanctity of life and fighting global poverty,” said Dr. Carolyn Woo, who succeeded Hackett as … [Read more...]