Manhattan Declaration draws renewed commitment, prayers

Washington D.C., Sep 26, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Advocates of life, marriage and religious liberty united in New York on Wednesday to pray together and reaffirm their dedication to advancing foundational Christian principles of justice and the common good.The Christian position on marriage, life and religious freedom is “as it must be, a truly consistent ethic of love for all humans,” said Eric Teetsel, director of the Manhattan Declaration, a movement of Orthodox, … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez: conversion, mercy at heart of Pope’s interview

Los Angeles, Calif., Sep 26, 2013 / 04:13 pm (CNA).- In his weekly column, Archbishop José H. Gomez said that despite what secular media outlets have reported, the heart of the Holy Father’s interview is fostering a lively relationship with Christ. “Pope Francis knows that our faith journey begins in the encounter with God’s mercy – when the Lord looks upon us in mercy and calls us to follow him,” he wrote in his Sept. 26 column for the Archdiocese of Los … [Read more...]

Five appointments made to Pope’s liturgical celebrations office

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2013 / 10:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Sept. 26 that five men were appointed as consultants to the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. The office plans the ceremonies of Papal liturgies, and is headed by the Papal master of ceremonies, currently Monsignor Guido Marini. Those appointed are Fr. Silvano Maggiani, Fr. Corrado Maggioni, Fr. Giuseppe Midili, Monsignor Angelo Lameri, and Archimandrite Fr. Manuel Nin. Fr. Maggiani is … [Read more...]

‘Know Jesus,’ Pope urges during daily homily

Rome, Italy, Sep 26, 2013 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis stressed the importance of having a personal encounter with Jesus, and said that there are three languages needed in order to get to know him.“Some people begin to feel afraid of this man,” said the Pope in reference to Herod’s question of Jesus’ identity in the gospel, “because he could have led them to a political conflict with the Romans.”One might wonder, he said, … [Read more...]

Pius XII knew he would be misunderstood, theologian says

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2013 / 05:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest who knew Pius XII personally and had access to “every strip of paper” in the Vatican archives says the pontiff believed he did the right thing during the holocaust despite knowing he would be questioned. Ninety year-old Father Peter Gumpel, a former professor at the Gregorio University in Rome for 25 years, was simultaneously appointed as a Theological Consultant to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and as … [Read more...]

Architects eager to begin Crystal Cathedral’s renovation

Orange, Calif., Sep 26, 2013 / 04:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The leading architects in the massive undertaking of renovating the 'Crystal Cathedral' into Christ Cathedral for the Diocese of Orange, Calif., have expressed their excitement about the daunting project.On Sept. 18, Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Orange announced that Johnson Fain and Rios Clementi Hale Studios had been selected to collaborate on the transformation of the landmark building and its 34-acre campus.The Diocese of … [Read more...]

Like Benedict, Pope Francis doesn’t want Church of ‘moralists’

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2013 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope Francis’ mention of the Church’s priorities in a recent interview grabbed worldwide attention, few remember that Benedict XVI said substantially the same thing seven years ago.Pope Francis' interview with La Civiltà Cattolica published Sept. 19 led to headlines such as CNN's “Pope Francis says religion does not have the right to interfere spiritually in the lives of gays and lesbians” and … [Read more...]