University course highlights role of media in evangelization

Vatican City, Apr 7, 2014 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Santa Croce University in Rome is offering a multifaceted communications course, emphasizing the importance of the field for evangelization, and preparing students for difficulties they may encounter. “I would say that if Jesus had lived in the 21st century, he would have certainly used television, Twitter, Internet to communicate himself, because this is lived-in real world,” Fr. Sergio Tapio Velasco said in an inverview with … [Read more...]

Transcript: Pope Francis’ March 31 interview with Belgian youth

Vatican City, Apr 7, 2014 / 04:29 am (CNA).- Pope Francis recently gave an interview at the Vatican to some youth from Flanders, Belgium, accompanied by the Bishop of Ghent, Luc Van Looy. The Holy See Press office has released the text of the March 31 interview in Italian. The young people posed their questions in English and the Pope responded in Italian. Below is Catholic News Agency’s translation, done by the agency's Alan Holdren and Kerri Lenartowick.They are part of a group … [Read more...]

Bishops voice abortion concerns over Affordable Care Act

Washington D.C., Apr 6, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A spokesman for pro-life activities at the U.S. Bishops' conference explained that the bishops hope to see grave concerns with the Affordable Care Act's permission of abortion funding and lack of coverage of immigrants fixed. "We are not among those pushing for repeal of the healthcare act," said said Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities in an April 3 … [Read more...]

Jesus can heal deadened hearts, says Pope

Rome, Italy, Apr 6, 2014 / 01:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis delivered a Sunday evening homily at a parish in the south of Rome, preaching about the importance of detaching from sin through the power of Christ’s healing grace. “All of us, we are sinners, but let’s not finish (our lives) attached to sin. We have the power to feel that which Jesus said to Lazarus, crying out in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ Today I invite you to think for a minute here … [Read more...]

Holy See emphasizes family’s role in poverty eradication

New York City, N.Y., Apr 6, 2014 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Praising the U.N.'s plan to eradicate poverty, the Holy See's observer to the body emphasized the importance of the family in encouraging development and in fighting poverty. In eradicating poverty "we do not need to reinvent the wheel," Archbishop Francis Chullikatt said in a March 31 statement. "Setting a development agenda for the next 15 years is a powerful gesture of intergenerational solidarity. The … [Read more...]

Pope distributes free copies of Gospels

Vatican City, Apr 6, 2014 / 06:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis handed out free pocket-sized copies of the gospels to crowds filling St. Peter’s square for the Sunday Angelus , as an encouragement to read the Word of God. “Last Sunday I suggested that you get a little copies of the gospels, to carry with you during the day, to read often. Then I thought over the ancient tradition of the Church, during Lent, to give the gospel to catechumens preparing for baptism. So today I … [Read more...]

Holy Land bishops urge Christian-Muslim unity against extremism

Jerusalem, Israel, Apr 5, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Land’s bishops have said that Christians and Muslims need to unite against extremism, stressing that people of all beliefs are at risk. “Christians and Muslims need to stand together against the new forces of extremism and destruction,” the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land said in an April 2 statement posted on the website of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. “All Christians and … [Read more...]