A look back at Vatican reporting, with the late ‘dean of vaticanisti’

Rome, Italy, Dec 20, 2013 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Benny Lai, known in Italy as “dean of the vaticanisti”, died Dec. 12 at the age of 88, following a lengthy illness. Before his death he shared with CNA in a series of interview a look back at the past 60 years of covering the Vatican. Lai was born in 1925 in Aprigliano in far-southern Italy, and he started his career as a journalist in 1946. He was accredited with the Vatican City State press servce in 1952, and he long … [Read more...]

Spread ‘joy’ of Jesus’ friendship, Pope tells teens

Vatican City, Dec 20, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis encouraged teens to be living witnesses of their faith in his remarks during an audience with young members of the Italian Catholic Action movement. “Dear young people, Jesus loves you, he wants to be your friend, he wants to be the friend of all young people,” the Pope said Dec. 20. “If you are convinced of this, surely you know to spread the joy of this friendship to all: at home, in the parish, at … [Read more...]

Lesbian feminist: suspending Duck Dynasty star is ‘fascist’

Washington D.C., Dec 20, 2013 / 03:55 pm (CNA).- Camille Paglia, a feminist, lesbian professor, harshly criticized the suspension of Phil Robertson for his statements supporting the traditional Christian view of sexuality, saying such condemnation rejects the freedom of speech. “If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible, again they have a right of religious freedom there,” Paglia said in a Dec. 19 radio interview on the Laura Ingraham Show. Paglia is a … [Read more...]

Help purify Legion of Christ, cardinal tells new priests

Rome, Italy, Dec 20, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Velasio de Paolis told 31 new priests of Legionaries of Christ that their perseverance shows “the love of Christ” that can overcome the past scandals of their congregation and purify and renew it. “You have suffered, and you have realized the suffering that other Legionaries – beginning with the founder – have caused in the lives of others. And the suffering of others has helped you to understand and … [Read more...]

Value silence, encourages Pope

Vatican City, Dec 20, 2013 / 04:56 am (CNA).- Pope Francis reflected on in the importance of silence in his daily homily, noting that God’s plan of salvation always includes moments of mystery and quiet. “Silence is really the ‘cloud’ that covers the mystery of our relationship with the Lord, our holiness and our sins. We cannot explain this mystery, but where there is no silence in our lives, the mystery is lost, it goes away. Guard the mystery with silence!” … [Read more...]

Neb. priest, students engage in Latin through conversation

Lincoln, Neb., Dec 20, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Joseph Faulkner, a priest of the Lincoln diocese, is teaching Latin to his high school students by actually speaking to them in Latin and “throwing them in a little bit above their heads.” “I'm trying to lower the fear level; I use the language of John Paul II, 'be not afraid', getting people to not be as fearful of the language,” Fr. Faulkner, who teaches at Hastings' St. Cecilia High … [Read more...]

Computer system could help deaf Catholics make confessions

Phoenix, Ariz., Dec 20, 2013 / 02:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Phoenix, Ariz., priest has invented a computer system intended to help Catholics who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired to make their confessions. Father Romuald P. Zantua, the system’s inventor, told CBCP News that his invention will help increase the practice of confessions, especially for deaf people who have limited access to priests who know sign language. The website for the system, called St. Damien’s … [Read more...]