Saints lived out their baptismal seal, Pope Francis says

Rome, Italy, Nov 1, 2013 / 01:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Mass for All Saints’ Day at a Roman cemetery Nov. 1, teaching that saints lived out their baptism and include many everyday people who have not been officially recognized by the Church. “God remembers each of them, one by one, each by name,” Pope Francis preached during the afternoon Mass at the entrance of Rome’s Verano Cemetery. “The saints, who stand before the face of the Lord, pray … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Sanctity is for everyone, saints are not ‘supermen’

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2013 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Feast of All Saints, Pope Francis stressed that the saints are not “supermen” who are “born perfect,” but rather are ordinary people who followed God “with all their heart.”“They are like us, they are like each of us, they are people who before reaching the glory of heaven lived a normal life, with joys and griefs, struggles and hopes,” the Pope said before the noontime Angelus prayer … [Read more...]

Cleveland’s auxiliary, Bishop Gries, retires at 76

Cleveland, Ohio, Nov 1, 2013 / 10:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Roger W. Gries, who was the auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, on Nov. 1, upon his having reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. Bishop Gries celebrated his 76th birthday in March. He was born in Cleveland, and joined the Order of Saint Benedict in 1957. He was ordained a priest in 1963, and lived as a Benedictine through his appointment as an auxiliary bishop of … [Read more...]

US Catholicism like growing forest, leading cardinal says

Dallas, Texas, Nov 1, 2013 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in the U.S. is growing, and should evangelize by showing the “joy of living” and becoming “a Church of the poor,” said Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga at a recent conference.“Every year the Church is growing, like a forest, not making noise,” the Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, said at the University of Dallas Oct. 25.“There is more noise of a tree that is … [Read more...]

Cardinal Tagle highlights humility in New Evangelization

Manila, Philippines, Nov 1, 2013 / 02:17 am (CNA).- At a recent conference on the New Evangelization, Cardinal Louis Antonio Tagle of Manila emphasized the need for interior conversion as the faithful seek to be a light for the world.“The evangelizer,” he explained, “has to be evangelized.”The cardinal, who heads the organizing committee of the Philippines Conference on New Evangelization, presided at the Opening Mass for an Oct. 16-19 conference in Manila.Part … [Read more...]

Archbishop Aquila: rejection of God threatens democracy

Denver, Colo., Nov 1, 2013 / 12:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Denver warned that an increasing rejection of God endangers the foundations of democracy, urging Catholics to embrace the truth of the Gospel and to live it “both personally and publicly.”“When one does away with God, one embraces, whether knowingly or unknowingly, the father of lies and the evil one,” Archbishop Samuel Aquila said in an Oct. 27 homily.“If there is no truth and if there … [Read more...]

Congressional hearing considers Syrian war crimes tribunal

Washington D.C., Oct 31, 2013 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a hearing before a congressional committee, policy officials called for the establishment of a Syrian war crimes tribunal to bring to justice those guilty of human rights violations in the 30-month long conflict.“Those who have perpetrated human rights violations among the Syrian government, the rebels and the foreign fighters on both sides of this conflict must be shown that their actions will have serious … [Read more...]