Francis’ teacher says Pope never supported Marxist theology

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 05:09 pm (CNA).- One of Pope Francis' former teachers says in a new book that the Holy Father has never supported a Marxist-based liberation theology.“In the Argentinean Liberation Theology, social Marxist analysis is not used, but rather a historical-cultural analysis, not based on class warfare as a determining principle for the interpretation of society and history,” said Argentinean Jesuit priest Fr. Juan Carlos Scannone.“I think that … [Read more...]

Pope’s first six months reveal a ‘rich, complex’ personality

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 02:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Six months into his pontificate, Pope Francis' distinct style is beginning to take a more defined shape and is viewed by some as having a strong emphasis on the Church's maternal, merciful nature.“I think he has a very conscious desire to show the motherly, merciful aspect of the Church which in one hand is tremendously real...and in the other hand, sometimes has been forgotten,” Latin American analyst Alejandro Bermudez ref … [Read more...]

Denver archbishop offers prayers, support to flood victims

Denver, Colo., Sep 13, 2013 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As deadly flash flooding devastates the Colorado Front Range, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has asked for prayers for and offered assistance to those in the path of flood waters.“I am praying for the souls of those victims, for their families and all people who are being affected by the flooding. I ask all people of good will to join me in prayer,” he said in a Sept. 12 statement.Archbishop Aquila said he … [Read more...]

Cardinal Wuerl: renewal is at heart of New Evangelization

Washington D.C., Sep 13, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics today are being called to renew their own faith in order to share the Gospel with the modern world, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C.“The role of the church is primarily to be a witness to the great human values, to be a witness to Christ’s message in the midst of everything else that is going on,” the cardinal said.“We have to be, in a way, a conscience for a nation that is caught … [Read more...]

Dialogue essential to Christianity, Pope tells non-believing journalist

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter to a prominent non-believing Italian journalist, Pope Francis called dialogue a “profound and indispensable expression” of the Christian life.It “seems to me that it is nothing other than positive, not only for us individually but also for the society in which we live, to pause to dialogue on a reality as important as the faith is,” the Pope said in a Sept 11 letter to Eugenio Scalfari, translated by … [Read more...]

Augustinian sisters remembered for martyrdom in Algeria

Madrid, Spain, Sep 13, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Augustinian missionaries who were martyred in 1994 during the Algerian Civil War are today remembered within their community for their faithfulness, even to the point of death.Sisters Caridad Alvarez and Esther Paniagua were killed during a war between the Algerian government and Islamists, who targeted various groups, including foreigners living in the country.The decade-long war, which began in 1991, became especially violent … [Read more...]