Catholic social media summit stresses evangelization

Manila, Philippines, Nov 26, 2013 / 01:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A youth symposium on social media in the Philippines highlighted the call of the new evangelization to explore digital means of sharing the Gospel.“If we are to share the Good News with our brothers and sisters in the ‘digital continent,’ we must speak a ‘language’ they can understand and be present as authentic witnesses to our faith,” said Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

Pope’s document hailed as reshaping modern evangelization

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2013 / 01:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first apostolic exhortation, the uncommonly simple terminology of Pope Francis brings a fresh approach to the new evangelization, also giving a decisive direction to the Church’s mission, say Vatican officials.“Pope Francis speaks in a direct way, easy, communicative, in a way that quickly reaches the hearts and the minds of people,” said Archbishop Rino Fisichella in a Nov. 26 interview with CNA.Archbishop … [Read more...]

Pope backs male priesthood, urges ‘feminine genius’ in Church

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis reaffirmed Catholic teaching on male priesthood in his first apostolic exhortation, while calling for a broader application of the “feminine genius” in Church life.“The reservation of the priesthood to males, as a sign of Christ the Spouse who gives himself in the Eucharist, is not a question open to discussion,” he said, “but it can prove especially divisive if sacramental power is too closely … [Read more...]

Pope: Church’s teaching on abortion is unchangeable

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2013 / 05:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis explained that the Church can never change its teaching on abortion, which is part of a broader understanding of human dignity. At the same time, he said in the document released Nov. 26, the Church must increase efforts to “accompany” women in difficult pregnancies. “Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our … [Read more...]

Doctor warns that religious identity in healthcare at risk

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the leading Catholic healthcare system in the U.S. has revealed that the requirements of the HHS mandate are a great threat to the company’s ability to continue serving those most in need."One of the challenges for us is to make sure we maintain the freedom as a religious organization to continue to respect the dignity of life and take care of young and old throughout the life cycle," Dr. Anthony Tersigni … [Read more...]

Begin ‘new chapter’ of joyful evangelization, Pope exhorts

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis urged the Christian faithful to begin “a new chapter of evangelization,” marked by the joy that is “constantly born anew” with Christ.“The Joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus,” the Pope wrote, inviting Christians to “a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.”The … [Read more...]

Judge rules clergy housing allowances unconstitutional

Madison, Wis., Nov 25, 2013 / 06:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A law granting clergy members an exemption from income tax on housing allowances is unconstitutional, according to a federal judge's recent decision. The exemption “violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution,”  U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb of Wisconsin’s Western District wrote Nov. 22 in her decision in Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Lew and … [Read more...]


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