Catholic News Agency wishes you a blessed Christmas!

Denver, Colo., Dec 21, 2013 / 08:03 am (CNA).- As Christmas approaches, Catholic News Agency would like to extend heartfelt thanks to our readers and to announce that we will have light coverage during our office closure from Dec. 21 – Jan. 1. CNA will provide news of the Pope's Christmas homily and his New Year's address, and members of our staff will also be working during this time to improve our services for 2014. We sincerely thank all of our readers for their interest … [Read more...]

Christianity helps women rise out of poverty, economist finds

Rome, Italy, Dec 20, 2013 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A researcher at Washington D.C.'s Georgetown University has found that impoverished women in India are more likely to improve their economic circumstances after converting to Christianity. “Conversion actually helps launch women on a virtuous circle. A woman feels better, she's part of an active faith community, she works more, she earns more money: the extra money she earns and saves encourages her to earn more and save … [Read more...]

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...]