Combat human trafficking, Pope urges new ambassadors to Vatican

Vatican City, Dec 15, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Meeting with 17 newly appointed ambassadors to the Holy See, Pope Francis encouraged them to work together, regardless of creed, against the “slavery” of human trafficking. “This is a true form of slavery , unfortunately increasingly common, which affects every land, even the most developed, and which affects the most vulnerable people in society: women, children, the disabled, the poorest and those who come from … [Read more...]

Patriarch: Work with Muslims to promote religious freedom

Rome, Italy, Dec 15, 2013 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church is calling on the faithful to reach out to Muslims in order to foster a common understanding of religious liberty and cooperation in supporting it. “The majority Muslim population is good and not violent,” said Archbishop Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon. “They do not agree with the extremists but they are also afraid to react publicly.” He … [Read more...]

Church is a ‘house of joy,’ Pope stresses on Gaudete Sunday

Vatican City, Dec 15, 2013 / 10:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus address on the third Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis emphasized the joy of the Christian message and community. “The Christian message is called the ‘gospel,’ that is, ‘good news,’ an announcement of joy for all people; the Church is not a shelter for sad people, the Church is the house of joy!” he exclaimed to the crowds filling St. Peter’s Square on Dec. 15. “Christian … [Read more...]

Pope addresses Marxism accusations, women cardinals

Vatican City, Dec 15, 2013 / 09:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an interview published Dec. 14 in the Italian newspaper La Stampa, Pope Francis has responded to several questions touching controversial topics that have arisen in his papacy. When asked by Italian Vatican analyst Andrea Tornielli about the accusations of Marxism from “ultra-conservative Americans,” who took issue with certain passages of the Pope’s recent apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, the Pontiff was … [Read more...]

New devotional app delivers Christian content to any device

Denver, Colo., Dec 15, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA).- A new multi-device content delivery system has been hailed as a “game-changer” for the way Christians receive devotional materials to help grow their faith. “The amount of Christian content available through iDisciple is unparalleled,” said Mike Kendrick, president and CEO of iDisciple. “But even though iDisciple is so robust, the user experience is simple and straightforward. When people dive into the app, … [Read more...]

Hymn-writing competition announced for Chinese Catholics

Manila, Philippines, Dec 14, 2013 / 05:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An international competition launching next month will invite Mandarin Chinese-speaking Catholics throughout the world to compose devotional religious hymns for use in ministry. “Music is an influential means to promote the Christian values,” said Fr. John Mi, the coordinator of the event. He told CNA on Dec. 7 that among Chinese Catholics, there has been little composition of music for Mass and prayer gatherings. … [Read more...]

Ecumenism with Orthodox is near to Pope’s heart, cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Dec 14, 2013 / 05:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The relationship between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches is very important to Pope Francis, said the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. “I think the ecumenical issue and the ecumenical challenge is very close to his heart,” Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch told CNA on Dec. 13. From Dec.14-19, Cardinal Koch will travel to Russia to meet with leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church. He will … [Read more...]


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