Pope Francis: sacrament of the Eucharist is not a ‘magic rite’

Vatican City, Sep 24, 2013 / 08:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily homily, Pope Francis gave special emphasis to the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, saying that it is not magical act, but an encounter with the living God. Pope Francis delivered his Sept. 24 homily to those who gathered in the Vatican’s guest house, Santa Marta, for a private liturgy. The Holy Father drew his reflections from the morning’s reading from the passage in psalms, “We will go with joy to … [Read more...]

Holy Childhood Society celebrates 25 years in Colombo

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sep 24, 2013 / 04:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group which aims to foster a missionary spirit among children celebrated the 25th anniversary of its establishment in the Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka, with a Mass said Sept. 7.The Mass was held at St. Joseph's College, a primary and secondary school located in the Sri Lankan capital.“It’s an important event that coincides with the Year of Faith, which impresses upon us the importance of rediscovering our … [Read more...]

Prejudice towards migrants and refugees must end, Pope stresses

Vatican City, Sep 24, 2013 / 03:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of the upcoming World Migration Day, Pope Francis said that the improvement of society demands the end of common prejudices against migrants and refugees. “In considering the situation of migrants and refugees, I would point to yet another element in building a better world, namely, the elimination of prejudices and presuppositions in the approach to migration.” The message of Pope Francis was read aloud during a … [Read more...]

Denver archbishop: Syrian martyrs are ‘model of courage’

Des Moines, Iowa, Sep 24, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has said that modern Syrian Catholics killed for their faith offer a “model of courage that we need to emulate.”“The natural consequence of their belief in Jesus and his Church was for them to give public witness to it, even if it meant death,” Archbishop Aquila said Sept. 21 in an address to the knights and ladies of the northern lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the … [Read more...]

Supreme Knight rejects idea of contrast between Francis, Benedict

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Media narratives about Pope Francis have led to a misunderstanding of his interview with Jesuit magazines, as well as a false perceived contrast between him and his predecessor, according to Carl Anderson. “The media’s narrative of Francis is something else. We are told he is a progressive, taking the Catholic Church in a profoundly new direction – uninterested in Church teaching on moral issues,” reflected … [Read more...]

Bishops voice support for marriage, religious freedom bill

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2013 / 05:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- American bishops have praised a recent bill in the House of Representatives that would protect those who share the Church’s understanding of marriage from penalties by the federal government. The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act was introduced in the lower chamber of Congress on Sept. 19 by Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho). “I strongly support the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act,” said Archbishop William … [Read more...]

Columnist calls for ‘life-giving’ community among single laity

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2013 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- Amid rising numbers of people living alone, the Church must help build relationships and community with those who are not called to the vocation of marriage or religious life, an author says in a new column.“Being alone is the first thing God pronounces 'not good,' after so many proclamations of the goodness of His creation. And yet being alone is an increasingly common condition in American life,” writer Eve Tushnet said in … [Read more...]