Pope’s World Mission Day message: Humanity needs Christ

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2014 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Day, which focuses on the continuing need for all Christians to proclaim the Gospel with joy to the many who have not heard of Christ’s saving work. “Humanity greatly needs to lay hold of the salvation brought by Christ. His disciples are those who allow themselves to be seized ever more by the love of Jesus and marked by the first of passion for the … [Read more...]

Live solidarity in a concrete way, urges Pope

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2014 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, Pope Francis met with an Italian group dedicated to the service of the poor, encouraging them to continue their concrete works of mercy rather than falling prey to the risk of becoming well-informed spectators. “It’s necessary that our words, our gestures, our attitudes express solidarity, the will to not remain extraneous to the sorrows of others, and this with fraternal warmth and without falling into some … [Read more...]

Bishops laud Catholic Relief Services for Philippines aid

New Orleans, La., Jun 14, 2014 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Relief Services' chairman has affirmed the international aid agency's strength and effective representation of the bishops' conference, especially lauding its aid to the Philippines. “I can confirm that CRS, as the overseas international aid, relief, and development arm of this conference – representing us – is strong and representing us well in the Philippines and around the world,” … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus report record donations in 2013

New Haven, Conn., Jun 13, 2014 / 06:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus set new records in donations and volunteer hours in 2013, continuing its long-standing service programs and responding to several natural disasters. “Whether with funds or service, and whether quietly helping someone overcome a personal tragedy or assisting in the aftermath of a widely known humanitarian disaster, the outpouring of charity by our members produces … [Read more...]

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...]