Synod on family is opportunity for teaching faith, archbishop says

New Orleans, La., Jun 13, 2014 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A consultation regarding the upcoming synod on the family highlights the need for a better teaching of the faith, the president of the U.S. bishops' conference said. “Unsurprisingly, we still have much ground to cover in sharing the good news of marriage and the family with our Catholic faithful,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville said June 11. “We know there is a need for greater, effective teaching on … [Read more...]

Pope’s boyhood home declared historic site

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jun 13, 2014 / 02:16 pm (CNA).- The city council of Buenos Aires voted on Thursday to designate as a “Historic Site” the home where Jorge Mario Bergoglio – now Pope Francis – lived during his childhood and adolescence. In their declaration, council members described the pontiff as a humble, compassionate person in touch with the poor and concerned about the problems of today's society. These traits were apparent in his concrete actions … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: God always prepares us for our mission

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2014 / 10:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the mission given to each of us personally by God.  “When the Lord wants to give us a mission, wants to give us a task, He prepares us. He prepares us to do it well, as he prepared Elijah,” the Pope explained in his June 13 daily Mass. “The most important part of this…is the whole journey by which we arrive at the mission the Lord entrusts to … [Read more...]

Full text of Pope Francis’ Interview with ‘La Vanguardia’

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2014 / 07:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an interview granted with Spanish-language magazine "La Vanguardia" on Monday, Pope Francis lauded Pius XII for his efforts in saving Jews, discussed Orthodox-Catholic relations, as well as the motivations behind his prayer meeting at the Vatican last Sunday. Below, please find the full text of his interview in English: Interview with Pope Francis: “One has to take the secession of a nation with grain of … [Read more...]

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ hailed for themes on suffering, love

Washington D.C., Jun 13, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Bestselling movie and book “The Fault in Our Stars” provides material to think more deeply about belief and skepticism – as well as the lessons on suffering and vulnerability that the terminally ill can teach us, clergy and cultural observers say. “Pain demands to be felt – we need to face pain honestly, and we can't sugarcoat it,” said Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, a professor of Theology and Religious … [Read more...]

Forensic experts attempt to reconstruct face of St. Anthony

Rome, Italy, Jun 13, 2014 / 02:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The University of St. Anthony of Padua’s Anthropology Museum, together with a team of international forensic researchers, have attempted to reconstruct the face of St. Anthony using only a digital copy of his skull. Using the latest 3D technology, the researchers worked to recreate the saint’s face, which they say is “one of the most faithful reconstructions of the face of St. Anthony.” The face was presented on … [Read more...]

European court narrowly affirms Catholic religious freedom

Strasbourg, France, Jun 13, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the European Court of Human Rights has allowed a bishop to set standards for Catholic religion teachers in Spain, some say the threat of government interference still gives cause for concern. “If government can dictate who teaches a particular religion, then government can dictate what the content of that religion is,” Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel at the U.S.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, … [Read more...]