Pope expresses hope for reunion with Orthodox Patriarch

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2013 / 03:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent special greetings to the Archbishop of Constantinople today, expressing his desire for continued dialogue between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. “You Holiness, beloved brother in Christ, this is the first time that I address you on the occasion of the feast of the Apostle Andrew, the first-called. I take this opportunity to assure you of my intention to pursue fraternal relations between the Church of Rome … [Read more...]

Be counter-cultural, Pope encourages university students

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2013 / 12:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During evening prayer with local college students on Nov. 30, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of remaining faithful to the truth in the face of modern ideologies. “If you don’t let yourselves be conditioned by prevailing opinions, but remain faithful to Christian ethical and religious principles, you will find the courage even to go against the current,” he said in his homily at St. Peter’s … [Read more...]

Calif. Church, political leaders fast for immigration reform

Los Angeles, Calif., Nov 30, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez and local political leaders have held a 24-hour fast to pray for immigration reform and to remember families who are separated from each other at Thanksgiving.“Today we are standing up for those who won't be sharing Thanksgiving dinner with their families and loved ones – those who are suffering because of our broken immigration system,” Archbishop Gomez said Nov. … [Read more...]

Indian diocese celebrates 60th anniversary, focuses on catechesis

Belgaum, India, Nov 29, 2013 / 03:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Belgaum, in southwestern India, celebrated its diamond jubilee this month, and intends to continue building on 60 years of faith among its people. On Nov. 14, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, apostolic nuncio to India, presided at a Mass with over 3,000 faithful at St. Xavier school in Belgaum to mark the anniversary. The diocese was established Sept. 19, 1953, by Pope Pius XII. These 60th anniversary celebrations are … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Use intelligence to understand signs of the times

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2013 / 09:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of man's intellect in understanding the Lord, and cautioned those present against “restricted” thought which keeps us focused on ourselves. “What path does the Lord want? Always with the spirit of intelligence with which to understand the signs of the times. It is beautiful to ask the Lord for this grace,” the Pope said in his Nov. 29 daily … [Read more...]

Vatican launches healthcare initiative for Syrian refugee children

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2013 / 06:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” has collaborated with other Catholic organizations in order to arrange a special mission which will provide basic medicines needed for the care of refugee children in Lebanon.“The children need more specially medicine and schools, you know, because they have left the country and no schools or no medicine and many are very traumatized, so we have to help them psychologically,” … [Read more...]

Minnesota diocese to soon launch ‘Year of Marriage’

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of Minnesota legalizing same-sex marriage earlier in 2013, the Diocese of Crookston will begin a year dedicated to a renewed appreciation and a better understanding of the married life.Amanda Zurface, the diocese's coordinator of Marriage, Family Life, and Evangelization, described the outreach as an “opportunity for many to heal from the difficulties and challenges of this past year.”The 12-month … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X