A Christian without the Church is an ‘absurd dichotomy,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 30, 2014 / 08:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis reflected on the intrinsic relationship between the Church and the People of God, emphasizing that we need to be humble and obedient to her teachings in order to be faithful. “It is an absurd dichotomy to love Christ without the Church; to listen to Christ but not the Church; to be with Christ at the margins of the Church. One cannot do this. It is an absurd dichotomy,” the Pope explained in … [Read more...]

Vatican: Rolling Stone article a display of ‘superficial journalism’

Vatican City, Jan 30, 2014 / 05:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has strongly criticized the tone of “crudeness” directed to Benedict XVI in a recent article published in the “Rolling Stone” magazine on Pope Francis. Although Pope Francis’ face appearing on the cover of the magazine’s latest edition is “a sign of the attention that the news of Pope Francis draws in different environments,” Fr. Lombardi emphasized … [Read more...]

Irish Vatican embassy reopening may mean new diplomacy

Vatican City, Jan 30, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ireland's decision to re-open its embassy at the Vatican may be part of a changing climate of diplomacy at the Holy See observed by a professor of international relations. “Going back to Pope Francis’ election and the variety of statements in December and January … all point to a set of new emphases for the future – human trafficking, small arms, (and) Syria,” Scott Thomas, senior lecturer of … [Read more...]

Denver archbishop to say Mass for Broncos’ Super Bowl team

Denver, Colo., Jan 30, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver will say Mass for the Denver Broncos in New Jersey the night before the Feb. 2 championship game of the National Football League. “I have been edified by the example of many NFL athletes and coaches and their families who make the effort throughout the football season to attend Sunday Mass,”  Archbishop Aquila said. “I am sure many people are wondering what I will say to the … [Read more...]

Catholic leaders lament food aid cuts in US farm bill

Washington D.C., Jan 30, 2014 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops and other Catholic leaders in social services gave a mixed reaction to the advance of a farm bill in Congress, noting several areas of concern including funding cuts for food stamp programs. “While we are disappointed that the final compromise continues to call disproportionately for sacrifices from hungry and poor people in this country and around the world, especially when large industrial agricultural … [Read more...]

Syrian patriarch: aid needed to calm Christian flight

Damascus, Syria, Jan 29, 2014 / 06:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Syria’s leading Catholic bishop has said that humanitarian aid should be increased in and near Syria to help contain Christians’ flight from the war-torn region. “Of course, we cannot decide for ourselves what response our people should make, the suffering is so great,” Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch told Aid to the Church in Need Jan. 27. “But the real answer is to provide … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby draws wide breadth of support in mandate case

Washington D.C., Jan 29, 2014 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of individuals and groups from a broad range of religious and political backgrounds have filed briefs supporting the owners of Hobby Lobby in their religious freedom case at the Supreme Court. “The breadth of support has been incredible,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing Hobby Lobby and its owners before the Supreme Court. “Where else do you … [Read more...]