Yale pro-life conference urges engagement with culture

New Haven, Conn., Oct 26, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At Yale's first annual pro-life conference, advocates emphasized moving beyond current pro-life efforts to more directly address the issues and understandings of persons who do not see the dignity of all human life. “Abortion might be the most boring moral issue we grapple with today,” said Michael Hannon, managing editor of The Thomistic Institute in New York City, a panelist at the Oct. 18 conference. “That … [Read more...]

Sacraments are not mere ‘decorations,’ insists Pope

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2013 / 03:31 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis met with families from around the world today in a celebration of the joy of family life, telling them that the sacraments provide real grace to aid in the challenges everyone faces.“The sacraments don’t just decorate life!” exclaimed the Pope to the crowds filling St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 26. “They are to give us strength of life!”The event was held during the Year of Faith in order for … [Read more...]

Anglican scholar, Catholic theologian awarded Ratzinger prize

Rome, Italy, Oct 26, 2013 / 11:21 am (CNA).- At the conclusion of an international symposium in Rome, Pope Francis granted the prestigious "Joseph Ratzinger award" to two professors for their exemplary scholarship in theology.The winners were the Anglican Rev. Canon Professor Richard Burridge, Dean of Kings College, London, and Catholic professor of theology Christian Schaller, vice director of the Pope Benedict XVI institute of Regensburg, Germany.“Special congratulations … [Read more...]

Christ preaches Gospel through you, Pope tells new bishops

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2013 / 07:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Mass on Thursday at Saint Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis consecrated two men as bishops and exhorted them to be faithful to Christ, for he reaches men through their ministry.“Christ, in fact, is who through the ministry of the bishop continues to preach the Gospel of salvation and sanctifies believers, through the sacraments of the faith,” the Bishop of Rome preached in his homily at the Oct. 24 Mass during which he … [Read more...]


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