Decision to move US embassy to Vatican sparks controversy

Washington D.C., Nov 27, 2013 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The relocation of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has come under fire from past U.S. ambassadors who say the move will diminish its influence, though State Department officials defend the decision as good for security. Former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See James Nicholson said the embassy’s planned move to the grounds of the U.S. Embassy to Italy is “another manifestation of the antipathy of this administration both to … [Read more...]

Fruits of the Year of Faith just beginning, cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Nov 27, 2013 / 03:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Collins of Toronto reflected at the close of the Year of Faith that many visible fruits can already been seen, but that the true depth of these will not be known until coming years.With “the most important things in our life, the fruits are seen much, much later,” noted Cardinal Collins in a Nov. 21 interview with CNA.The Canadian prelate was present in Rome to participate in the celebration of the 125th … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez honors slain Salvadoran in LA ceremony

Los Angeles, Calif., Nov 27, 2013 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop José H. Gomez blessed a plaza dedicated to Archbishop Oscar Romero at a Los Angeles Park Nov. 23, praising the peaceful vision of the murdered Salvadoran archbishop.“This gathering today is such a beautiful witness to his memory. My friends, this is what Archbishop Romero lived for,” Archbishop Gomez said Nov. 23 at MacArthur Park in Central Los Angeles.“To see the rich and poor, the powerful … [Read more...]

Pope warns of a ‘trivialized’ vision of death without hope

Vatican City, Nov 27, 2013 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of Christian death, emphasizing that the resurrection of Jesus gives it light, and cautioning against worldly ideas which can overcome us.“If we allow ourselves to be taken in by this mistaken vision of death, we have no other choice than that of hiding death, of denying it, or of trivializing it, so that it won’t make us afraid,” the Pope said in his Nov. … [Read more...]

‘Intensifying’ religious freedom threats show need to evangelize

Baltimore, Md., Nov 27, 2013 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the face of growing restrictions on religious expression, Catholics must be able to explain the place of religious liberty in public life, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.“We need to evangelize,” he emphasized in a Nov. 11 interview with CNA.He explained that the broader culture is not paying attention to many of the religious restrictions being enacted in the United States.“This is part of the … [Read more...]

Pope’s exhortation praised as a guide to Christian outreach

Vatican City, Nov 27, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' new document on the “joy” of evangelization is an opportunity for Catholics to re-examine how to share the gospel in today's world, several Catholic commentators note.“Pope Francis says the Church has to focus on what is essential and most beautiful, that everyone has to have a personal encounter with the saving grace of Christ,” Vatican media adviser Greg Burke said Nov. … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ meeting with Putin zeros in on Middle East

Vatican City, Nov 27, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Pope Francis and Russian president Vladimir Putin's first-ever meeting this week mostly focused on the Middle East, particularly on the ongoing Syrian conflict.   The president met with the pontiff Nov. 25 amid Putin's short visit to Italy – along with 11 ministers of his cabinet – to sign commercial agreements and have institutional meetings with government officials.   According to a Vatican press office statement, … [Read more...]