Catholics continue to have lowest divorce rates, report finds

Washington D.C., Oct 1, 2013 / 05:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Recent studies on marriage show that while their rates of divorce are significant, U.S. Catholics are less likely to divorce than people of other religious affiliations.“Although the Catholic ‘divorce rate’ is lower than the U.S. average it is still a daunting figure,” said the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.In a Sept. 26 blog post, the research group explained that … [Read more...]

Pope to atheist: all people can receive grace, seek the Good

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Emphasizing that grace is available to all people, Pope Francis stressed dialogue and encounter rather than proselytism and underscored the need for each person to seek the Good while following his conscience.“Even you, without knowing it, could be touched by grace,” Pope Francis told Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist with whom he recently corresponded.Scalfari conducted a Sept. 24 interview with the Pope at his Vatican … [Read more...]

Benedict could attend canonizations, Vatican spokesman says

Rome, Italy, Oct 1, 2013 / 01:03 pm (CNA).- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office announced that Benedict XVI could participate in the canonization ceremony next April for Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII.During a Sept. 30 press conference at the Vatican, Father Federico Lombardi did not rule out that the former Pontiff could be present at the canonizations. “There is not legal or doctrinal reason to keep Benedict XVI from taking part in a public … [Read more...]

Charity without meekness and humility is sterile, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2013 / 08:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, Pope Francis praised the saint for her exemplary humility and meekness, praying that the council of cardinals would emulate her virtue in their upcoming meetings. The Pope concelebrated his Oct. 1 daily Mass with the group of eight cardinals who will meet from Tuesday to Thursday this week to discuss reform of the curia. In his homily, Pope Francis voiced hope that council’s meetings will … [Read more...]

Pope experienced a ‘great light’ before accepting the papacy

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2013 / 05:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview, Pope Francis shared a mystical experience he had shortly before accepting the role as Bishop of Rome and also touched on several issues surrounding Church reform. The Pope recounted his experience during a Sept. 24 interview with Eugenio Scalfari of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica which was published on Oct.1. When asked if he considered himself a mystic, the Pope replied “What do you … [Read more...]

Poverty challenge asks Americans to live on four liters of water a day

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 1, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A project encouraging Americans to live for a few days on the bare minimum of water will help them understand poverty and treat those without clean water as brothers, a water access advocate has said. “If you really want to live in solidarity with the poor, if you want to build some awareness in yourself about this issue and about the importance of the water that you are so blessed to have access to, take the 4Liter … [Read more...]

Cardinal calls faithful to share pro-life message of mercy

Washington D.C., Oct 1, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Citing the words of Pope Francis, the leader of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee called the faithful to open their hearts to Christ, sharing the Gospel message of mercy and the sanctity of human life. “Only a tender, compassionate love that seeks to serve those most in need, whatever the personal cost, is strong enough to overcome a culture of death and to build a civilization of love,” said Cardinal Sean P. … [Read more...]