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...]

Supreme Court to hear for-profit contraception mandate cases

Washington D.C., Nov 26, 2013 / 05:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases challenging the controversial federal contraception mandate, filed by for-profit businesses and their owners on the grounds of religious freedom.“My family and I are encouraged that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide our case,” said David Green, founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, one of the two companies whose challenge to the mandate will come before the … [Read more...]

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...]