Pope Francis: Be courageous, go to confession

Vatican City, Feb 19, 2014 / 04:57 am (CNA).- During his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. "Everyone say to himself: ‘When was the last time I went to confession?’ And if it has been a long time, don’t lose another day! Go, the priest will be good. And Jesus, (will be) there, and Jesus is better than the priests - Jesus receives you. He will receive you with so much love! … [Read more...]

Catholic marriage preparation needs to better ‘evangelize’

Denver, Colo., Feb 19, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of a major U.S. missionary apostolate says that evangelization – not simple catechesis – is needed to prepare Catholics for good marriages by putting Jesus Christ at the center of their lives. “We have got to recognize the difference between evangelization and catechesis,” Curtis Martin, co-founder of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, told CNA Feb. 14. “There is an attempt, by some … [Read more...]

Starvation, disease threaten South Sudan

Malakal, South Sudan, Feb 19, 2014 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Violence in South Sudan has put people in parts of the Diocese of Malakal at risk of starvation, as well as illnesses from a lack of clean water, a local priest has warned. “The question of food is very urgent. People are on the edge of starvation and, if nothing happens, people will fall into that situation,” Monsignor Roko Taban Mousa told Aid to the Church in Need Feb. 13. “This conflict has been devastating … [Read more...]

Cardinal-elect Mueller, a bridge between two Popes

Vatican City, Feb 19, 2014 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, who will be made a cardinal Feb. 22, is a personal friend to Benedict XVI and has forged a good relationship with Pope Francis. The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was appointed to his position by Benedict in 2012, and was confirmed in the role by Pope Francis shortly after his election as Bishop of Rome. The native German was born in 1947, and studied philosophy and theology in … [Read more...]

Australian bishops emphasize St Valentine on his feast

Sydney, Australia, Feb 18, 2014 / 06:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Australian bishops’ marriage and family council produced a resource kit for strengthening marriages for St. Valentine’s Day this year, noting the Christian basis of the feast. “We aim to evangelize and ‘re-Christianize’ the feast of St. Valentine,” Ron Pirola, co-chair of the Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council, told CNA Feb. 15. “We seek to bring back into focus the … [Read more...]

Court urged to not impose marriage redefinition in Italy

Strasbourg, France, Feb 18, 2014 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The legal group Alliance Defending Freedom is asking the European Court of Human Rights not to impose a redefinition of marriage on Italy, which recognizes the unique roles of mothers and fathers for children. “The people of Italy recognize that men and women bring distinct, irreplaceable gifts to family life, especially for children who deserve both a mom and a dad,” Roger Kiska, senior legal counsel with Alliance … [Read more...]

Pope Francis renews Argentinean passport

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Feb 18, 2014 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has renewed his Argentinean passport, according to Argentina's Ministry of the Interior and Transportation, and his new documents will be sent to St. Martha's Residence at the Vatican. “His Holiness communicated with Juan Pablo Cafiero, our ambassador to the Vatican, and told him he wished to continue traveling around the world with his Argentinean passport,” said Interior Minister Florencio … [Read more...]