Argentine rabbi: Pope’s visit to Holy Land could foster peace

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan 16, 2014 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, believes that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the Holy Land is a chance to bring a message of peace to the world. The rabbi, who is a close friend of the Pope from Argentina, said he received news of the Holy Father's May 24-26 visit to the Holy Land “with great joy.” “We dreamed of this visit to the Holy Land, to Israel in … [Read more...]

Protecting children is Church priority, Vatican officials tell UN

Geneva, Switzerland, Jan 16, 2014 / 12:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Violence against children and child exploitation are “crimes” and Pope Francis is working to protect children from the “scourge” of sex abuse, leading Vatican figures told a U.N. committee on Jan. 16. “There is no excuse for any form of violence or exploitation of children,” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said to a Jan. 16 hearing of the U.N. committee that oversees the implementation of the … [Read more...]

New members of the Vatican bank cardinals’ commission named

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2014 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Commission of Cardinals overseeing the Institute for the Works of Religion, or “Vatican bank”, were named on Wednesday; of the five existing members, only one was confirmed in his post. The five current members are Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, Archbishop of Vienna; Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto; Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; Cardinal Santos … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: scandals ‘poison’ and deny the ‘bread of life’

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2014 / 08:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis addressed the issue of various scandals that happen within the Church, emphasizing that they occur when we no longer have a true relationship with God. When we are corrupt “we do not give the Bread of Life to eat,” the Pope explained in this Jan. 16 daily Mass, but “many times, we…offer a poisoned meal!” The pontiff centered his homily, addressed to those present in the … [Read more...]

Designer says it was an honor to present nativity to Pope

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2014 / 04:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The man in charge of constructing this year’s nativity scene for the Vatican expressed his delight at giving to Pope Francis the nativity he designed, which, he noted, has a special historical significance. “We had the honor of being in a private audience with the Pope” and with “Cardinal Sepe on Dec. 23” nativity designer Antonio Cantone told CNA in a Jan. 14 interview, where “we presented our … [Read more...]

New York cultural event delves into meaning of relationship

New York City, N.Y., Jan 16, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The upcoming New York Encounter cultural festival will explore the dynamic between “I” and “We” – individuals and community – and how the human person finds fulfillment only in relationship. “It's a very human and common experience, realizing that you can't exist by yourself; you don't even call your own name: you need another one, to be called,” Maurizio Maniscalco, … [Read more...]

Engaged couples to meet with Pope on Valentine’s Day

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for the Family is promoting a special encounter between Pope Francis and couples who have been engaged, which will take place on the upcoming feast of Saint Valentine. Invited to the meeting with the Pope are those couples “who have already attended, or are currently going through their marriage preparation courses,” the council's webpage states. Couples who meet these qualifications will gather … [Read more...]