Materialism robs us of our humanity, warns Pope Francis

Vatican City, Sep 29, 2013 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis celebrated Mass in cloudy St. Peter’s Square this morning, cautioning the faithful against the danger of losing their personal identity to materialism.“Whenever material things, money, worldliness, become the center of our lives, they take hold of us, they possess us; we lose our very identity as human beings,” he said on September 29.Sunday’s Mass was held at the close of an international weekend … [Read more...]

New Orleans schools adjust schedules to keep Sunday sacred

New Orleans, La., Sep 29, 2013 / 06:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new policy for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans aims to reclaim Sunday as a day focused on faith and family rather than sports matches and social events.The policy is “rooted in the fact that people have a number of obligations and commitments. Our society is fast-paced,” Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond told the New Orleans Advocate.“In living such a hectic life, people neglect sometimes, not … [Read more...]

African Catholics stress importance of Bible in faith life

Lilongwe, Malawi, Sep 28, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic African leaders met in Malawi earlier this week for an assembly dedicated to the Bible and to increasing the place of scripture in the lives of the continent’s faithful. “The Word of God serves as a guide for faith and human activities and gives believers a style of life guided by the Holy Spirit in order to live the mystery of Jesus Christ according to Christian vocation,” the assembly … [Read more...]

Live your faith, Pope exhorts catechists

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2013 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with a group of catechists from around the world on Friday, encouraging them to live a life of witness for the faith rather than simply catechizing as a job.“Be catechists, don’t work as catechists,” the Pope said to a group of two thousand gathered in the Paul VI audience hall in Rome on September 27. “Being a catechist is a vocation.”The pontiff stressed the importance of living a life … [Read more...]

Gossip helps devil undermine Church, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2013 / 10:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis celebrated Mass for the Vatican police force today, exhorting them to fight in the war against evil by rejecting the temptation to gossip.He warned that among those who live and work in the Vatican, “the devil seeks to create an internal war, a kind of civil spiritual war” by means of idle chatter, said Pope Francis on September 28.The temptation to gossip is present for everyone, noted Pope Francis, … [Read more...]

Florida Catholics plan prayer vigils, protest death penalty

Tallahassee, Fla., Sep 28, 2013 / 06:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the scheduled execution date approaches for a Florida man convicted of murder, local Catholics are offering prayers and renewing their call for an end to the practice of the death penalty.   “Even those who have committed terrible deeds and caused great pain possess a human dignity that is inherent in all persons,” said the Florida Catholic Conference in a Sept. 25 statement. “This dignity, instilled by our … [Read more...]

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...]