Debate over reforming synod of bishops stretches back decades

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2013 / 12:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The vision of reforming the synod of bishops, an effort undertaken by Pope Francis, goes back to at least Pope Paul VI, who had even broader ideas for the synod, according to a leading Vatican analyst. The synod of bishops, which acts as an advisory body to the Pope, was established by Paul VI in 1965 by the motu proprio Apostolica sollicitudo to “strengthen (the Pope's) union” with other bishops and to “establish … [Read more...]

Catholic Charities faces challenges from government shutdown

Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2013 / 05:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. government shutdown continues, nonprofit aid groups such as Catholic Charities are feeling an added strain on their work at the national and local levels. “While some may wonder what effect political disagreements in Washington, D.C., could have on people in need across our country,” explained Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, “the truth of the matter is that uncertainty, furloughs, … [Read more...]

Pope praises Knights of Columbus for their charity, ‘unfailing support’

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2013 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent audience, Pope Francis encouraged the Knights of Columbus to continue working towards the renewal of society through their charitable efforts, prayer and the witness of their lives. Meeting with the organization’s Board of Directors on Oct. 10, the Pope thanked the Knights for their prayers on his behalf. “On this occasion I also wish to express my gratitude for the unfailing support which your Order has always … [Read more...]

Pope praises Knights of Columbus for their charity, ‘unfailing support’

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2013 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent audience, Pope Francis encouraged the Knights of Columbus to continue working towards the renewal of society through their charitable efforts, prayer and the witness of their lives. Meeting with the organization’s Board of Directors on Oct. 10, the Pope thanked the Knights for their prayers on his behalf. “On this occasion I also wish to express my gratitude for the unfailing support which your Order has always … [Read more...]

Report: kidnapped Jesuit priest alive in Syria

Damascus, Syria, Oct 10, 2013 / 12:53 pm (CNA).- A Jesuit priest missing since July is alive in an area of northern Syria that is controlled by an Islamist opposition group allied with Al-Qaida, one reporter has said. “Father Paolo Dall’Oglio is alive and is being treated well by his kidnappers,” Khalaf Ali Khalaf, a reporter and activist opposed to the Syrian government, told Aki-Adnkronos International news agency. Khalaf said the Italian-born priest was seen on Saturday, … [Read more...]

Curia vision will be one of ‘service’ to Pope, local Churches

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2013 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the conclusion of their meetings, two cardinals from Pope Francis' group of eight reveal that curia reform will largely focus on service to Pope Francis and the universal Church in its various areas. “We want to change the look – that the curia be at the service of the Pope, and also at the service of the local Churches, the universal Church, and the episcopal conferences,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, … [Read more...]

Real prayer is always insistent, courageous, Pope Francis notes

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2013 / 05:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass homily, Pope Francis reflected that authentic prayer involves knocking “at the heart” of God with a strong, unwavering faith that he will respond. “Do we pray…out of habit, piously but unbothered, or do we put ourselves forward with courage before the Lord to ask for the grace, to ask for what we're praying for?” he asked during the liturgy at St. Martha's residence Oct. … [Read more...]


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