Conference highlights Mary as example of evangelization

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 17, 2013 / 01:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Church leaders at a conference in Mexico City emphasized unity and Christ-centered witness, as they discussed Our Lady of Guadalupe's ongoing call to evangelize the Americas. "Our Lady of Guadalupe is the mother of the Mexicans, but she is also the mother of everyone who draws near to her," Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to Mexico, said Nov. 16. When Our Lady appeared, she changed the future of the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis recommends ‘spiritual medicine’

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2013 / 10:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the close of his Angelus address today, Pope Francis encouraged those in St. Peter’s Square to pick up a little box of spiritual medicine on their way out. “I would like now to all of you to consider a medicine. But some may think, ‘the Pope is being a pharmacist now?’ It is a special medicine to make the fruit of the Year of Faith that is coming to a close more concrete,” said Pope Francis Nov. 17, as he … [Read more...]

Vatican removes ‘La Repubblica’ interview from its website

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2013 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See's press officer announced Nov. 15 that the Vatican had chosen to take down the text of Pope Francis' interview in La Repubblica, which had been featured among his speeches, from it's website. “The information in the interview is reliable on a general level but not on the level of each individual point analyzed: this is why it was decided the text should not be available for consultation on the Holy See … [Read more...]

Mother Teresa Awards given to promoters of social justice

Mumbai, India, Nov 16, 2013 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Harmony Foundation, based in Mumbai, on Oct. 27 conferred its Mother Teresa Awards on eight individuals and an organization for their work towards social justice and peace in the world. “We strive to restore belief in compassion and egalitarianism that highlights the various endeavors taken up by individuals and NGOs to promote peace and strengthen humanity as a whole,” Abraham Mathai, who founded The Harmony Foundation … [Read more...]

Pope to Guadalupe pilgrims: use Gospel’s ‘perfume’ to evangelize

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 16, 2013 / 02:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ video message to the pilgrims gathered in Mexico City today encouraged the faithful to spread the Gospel with a peaceful manner, as did Christ. “The task of evangelization requires much patience, much patience…don’t lose peace in the presence of discord.  And know also to present the Christian message in a serene and gradual manner, with the perfume of the Gospel, as the Lord did,” … [Read more...]

God a ‘relentless warrior’ for our salvation, says Pope Francis

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2013 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Preaching his homily during Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta in the Vatican, the Pope stressed God's unwavering dedication to redeeming mankind. “When the Lord takes up the defense of his people it is like this: he is a relentless warrior and saves his people,” Pope Francis said Nov. 16. God “saves (and) renews everything: ‘All creation was made anew in its nature as before.’ ‘The Red Sea … [Read more...]

Catholics pray, send aid in Typhoon Haiyan’s wake

Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov 16, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Salesian religious order is responding to Typhoon Haiyan as Catholics around the world voice their prayers and support for the massive storm's victims. “Salesians were on the ground and able to respond immediately,” Father Mark Hyde, executive director of the U.S.-based Salesian Missions, said Nov. 12. “But they need additional help and we are responding to that call.” The Salesian missionaries in the … [Read more...]