Vatican and Vietnam continue to strengthen ties, seek full relations

Hanoi, Vietnam, Sep 15, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See held a fifth round of talks with the Vietnamese government on Wednesday and Thursday to strengthen and develop their bilateral relations, which have been in disrepair for nearly 40 years. “The Holy See delegation emphasized that Pope Francis has followed with interest recent developments in Vietnam – Holy See relations, and encourages the Catholic community in Vietnam to continue to contribte to the … [Read more...]

New South Wales Catholic magazine wins religious press award

Sydney, Australia, Sep 15, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, in Australia's state of New South Wales, is rejoicing over having won multiple media honors from the country's Catholic and religious journalism associations. It's official monthly magazine, Aurora, was given the 2014 Gutenberg Award on Sept. 6. “Aurora attracted three awards at the Australasian Catholic Press Association dinner held last Thursday, followed by another four … [Read more...]

Petition against OKC black mass draws support of 85,000

Oklahoma City, Okla., Sep 14, 2014 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 85,000 people have signed a petition asking the city-run Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall to cancel a scheduled black mass, saying that is a blatant attack on the Catholic Church. “A black mass is intended as an attack on another religious group, namely Catholics,” reads the “Stop the black mass” petition on Although the organizer returned a stolen Host after a lawsuit … [Read more...]

‘Why the Cross?’ Pope asks during Sunday Angelus

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2014 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Pope Francis used basic questions about the necessity of salvation to draw listeners deeper into Christ’s saving mystery.Addressing the crowds gathered in Saint Peter's Square before leading them in praying the Angelus, the Pontiff explained that the cross which Christians “exalt” is not just any cross: it is the Cross of Jesus Christ, in which “is revealed the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to couples: Cross illuminates purpose of marriage

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2014 / 07:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “Marriage is a symbol of life... the Sacrament of love of Christ and the Church, a love which finds its proof and guarantee in the Cross.”This was the central theme of Pope Francis' homily for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, delivered moments before presiding over the marriages of 20 couples from the Diocese of Rome.The weddings, which took place in Saint Peter's Basilica on Sunday morning in the presence … [Read more...]

Francis to Congolese bishops: Contribute, but don’t replace politicians

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2014 / 06:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his ad limina address to the bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pope Francis assured them of the necessity of contributing to political life, without replacing political institutions. “Dear Brothers in the episcopacy, I invite you to work tirelessly for the establishment of a just and lasting peace through a pastoral effort of dialogue and reconciliation among the various sectors of society, supporting the process … [Read more...]

Christian leaders prayerfully remember 9/11 at historic summit

Washington D.C., Sep 13, 2014 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Christian patriarchs denounced terrorism and emphasized the need for peaceful unity between Christians and Muslims in the Middle East. “The symbolism and significance of our presence here in Washington, D.C. on September 11 is lost to no one. We are here on this day because we refuse to be intimidated and frightened by the acts of terrorism,” said Patriarch … [Read more...]