Do not forget Syria’s Christians, priest urges Westerners

Damascus, Syria, Sep 27, 2013 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Syrian priest has urged the West to remember the Christians in his country, many of whom are fleeing due to fear of the violence and shortages brought about by the ongoing civil war.“I appeal to our fellow Christians in Europe and the U.S. not to forget us,” Father Ziad Hilal, S.J., told Aid to the Church in Need, an international Catholic charity that assists persecuted Christians around the world.He stressed the … [Read more...]

Scholar calls for discomfort with Francis to spark reflection

Milan, Italy, Sep 27, 2013 / 03:29 pm (CNA).- The discomfort among some Catholics caused by Pope Francis' frank comments in his recent interview with Jesuit publications should become a source of personal reflection, according to a prominent Italian sociologist.“It is always useful to try to understand, to transform even the discomfort into cultural and political reflection, rather than keeping it in and later spitting it out as poison, as is the case with so many angry comments … [Read more...]

Priest’s arrest shows Philadelphia reforms, attorney says

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 27, 2013 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Philadelphia archdiocese drew praise for its swift reporting of an inactive priest to authorities after a young man said that he had been abused during his time as an altar boy between 1998 and 2001.“A serial predator is now behind bars, thanks to the brave actions of this young man,” Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams announced at a Sept. 26 press conference.“It takes tremendous courage for any … [Read more...]

True Christians bear humiliation with ‘joy and patience,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2013 / 06:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the nature of what it means to be a Christian, saying that an authentic follower of Christ is able to endure difficulties with a positive attitude. The Pope imparted his message to those gathered in the Vatican’s Santa Marta guesthouse for his daily Mass on Sept. 27. Stressing the need and importance of sacrifice in the Christian’s life of faith, the Pope began his homily … [Read more...]

Chinese-English Bible offers opportunity for evangelization

Washington D.C., Sep 27, 2013 / 04:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new edition of the Old Testament in both English and Traditional Chinese is a valuable tool for Chinese Catholics and represents a new possibility for evangelization, say leaders in the community.Carolyn Ng, director of religious education for the Our Lady of China Pastoral Mission in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., told CNA on Sept. 24 that she is “overjoyed” about the new translation, and is “very happy … [Read more...]

Vatican seminar to explore John Paul II document on women

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for the Laity is slated to hold a study seminar on one of Blessed John Paul II's documents discussing the dignity of women and their role in modern society. Held from Oct. 10-11, the theme of the event is “God entrusts the human being to the Woman,” and is drawn from the late Pope's apostolic letter “Mulieris dignitatem.” The seminar is organized by the Council’s … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI assures atheist of need for frank dialogue

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter to Italian mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi, who is an atheist, the former Pope, Benedict XVI, affirmed the professor's desire for open and honest dialogue as the path to truth. “Frankness is a part of dialogue; only in this way can knowledge increase,” the emeritus Pope reflected in his 11-page letter, portions of which were published Sept. 24 in Italian daily “la Repubblica.” Odifreddi … [Read more...]