Papal almoner celebrates funeral for homeless man

Rome, Italy, Jan 14, 2014 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican officials held a funeral Mass on Jan. 10 for Alexander Pawlewski, a beggar who was often seen on the streets of Rome and died from exposure to the cold last month. The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, who is responsible for distributing donations to those in need on behalf of Pope Francis. Father Policarpo Nowak of the Vatican Secretariat of State delivered the homily. “Let us defend … [Read more...]

Cardinal calls the word capitalism ‘misleading,’ urges better dialogue

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2014 / 04:21 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Reinhard Marx wrote an essay in the Vatican's newspaper on Pope Francis' “Evangelii gaudium,” taking capitalism to task for centering itself on means of production rather than persons and calling for broader dialogue on the issue. “The very word capitalism is misleading,” the archbishop of Munich and Freising wrote, “to define the whole of life from a particular point. What vision of the economy and … [Read more...]

Revelation helps answer reason’s questions, priest scholar says

Washington D.C., Jan 14, 2014 / 12:24 pm (CNA).- In a new work exploring the connection between revelation and political philosophy, Fr. James Schall argues that revelation is an answer addressed to questions raised, but unable to be solved, by reason alone. “Political Philosophy and Revelation,” by the Jesuit priest who is emeritus professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, is a collection of 21 essays, as well as an introduction and conclusion, which consider faith and … [Read more...]

John Kerry, Vatican Secretary of State hold ‘positive’ meeting

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2014 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin met Jan. 14, focusing their discussions on the Middle East, the Syrian conflict, the Sudan situation and religious freedom issues in the U.S. “The encounter was extremely fruitful and rich in content,” said Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., of the Vatican Press Office. He characterized the one hour, forty minute meeting as … [Read more...]

Be true witnesses rather than ‘pure legalists,’ Pope exhorts

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2014 / 10:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope reflected on different models of Christian witness, cautioning the faithful against hypocrisy when they evangelize, and encouraging them to imitate Jesus. “Let us ask the Lord that these two readings help us in our lives as Christians,” said the Pope in reference to the day’s scripture passages, and let us learn “not to be pure legalists, hypocrites like the scribes and … [Read more...]

Fraternity, dialogue aid in fostering peace, Pope tells diplomats

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2014 / 06:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his annual meeting with the diplomatic corps, Pope Francis spoke to ambassadors about the importance of fostering peace through the use of dialogue, diplomacy and respect for human dignity. “Everywhere, the way to resolve open questions must be that of diplomacy and dialogue,” the Pope told those gathered for the Jan. 12 encounter. Extending his greetings to the 180 ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, the Pope began … [Read more...]

USA Today to Obama admin: leave Little Sisters alone

Washington D.C., Jan 14, 2014 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The editors of USA Today have urged the Obama administration to stop trying to require the Little Sisters of the Poor to abide by the federal contraception mandate in violation of their religious beliefs. “When the Obama administration picked a fight with Catholics and other religious groups over free birth control coverage for employees, sooner or later it was bound to end up doing battle with a group like the Little Sisters of … [Read more...]