Days after Medjugorje comment, Pope downplays predictable visions

Vatican City, Jun 9, 2015 / 07:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Days after declaring that a decision on the Medjugorje apparitions would be coming soon, Pope Francis cautioned against basing one’s faith solely on predicted visions or anything other than Christ himself. In his June 9 daily Mass at the Vatican’s Saint Martha Guesthouse, Pope Francis cautioned against those who look for God “with these Christian spiritualties that are a little ethereal,” calling them “modern … [Read more...]

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Polish, Eastern Catholic bishops stand firm on pastoral care for families

Rome, Italy, Jun 9, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During recent meetings which were held separately, both the Polish bishops and the Eastern Catholic bishops from Europe have discussed the family in view of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and are likely to uphold Catholic pastoral care for families. The bishops from Poland will be on the front line at the synod, giving an overall view of the family and not focusing merely on the contentious issues of access to Communion for the divorced … [Read more...]

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3D technology takes pilgrims ‘back in time’ to Medieval Church

Stuttgard, Germany, Jun 9, 2015 / 03:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For fans of Church history and architecture, 3D imaging may be the second-best thing to time travel, allowing them to experience a medieval church as it existed hundreds of years ago. Users of a soon-to-be launched website and app will be able to harness modern technology to see architecture that existed centuries ago. The technology was presented at a recent international conference in Germany. On display was a 3D model of the … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Müller warns against adapting Church to today’s often pagan lifestyles

Vatican City, Jun 9, 2015 / 01:08 am (National Catholic Register).- Cardinal Gerhard Müller has spoken out firmly against trying to adapt the Church’s teaching to today’s often pagan lifestyles, saying such an approach introduces subjectivism and arbitrariness. In an interview with the Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost on June 6th, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned that placing “any so-called lived realities” on the same level as … [Read more...]

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Among the ruins of Iraq, Christians’ faith burns brightly

Erbil, Iraq, Jun 9, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the potential threat from the nearby Islamic State, several monks and students in northern Iraq have found refuge in an ancient monastery, certain they are in God's hands no matter what happens. Erbil’s Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda said that those who have chosen to remain in the fourth century Monastery of Saint Matthew have “expressed their faith that this is a secure place.” He told CNA June 8 that … [Read more...]

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An altar for Pope Francis: CUA students’ design to enliven DC Mass

Washington D.C., Jun 8, 2015 / 07:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For most graduating college seniors, the final weeks of school focus on exams, saying goodbyes and looking to their next steps in life. But for three seniors studying architecture at The Catholic University of America, the final weeks of school presented the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to design the altar and chair for Pope Francis’ historic trip to Washington, D.C. this fall. “I still don’t really … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Men and women are different for a reason

Vatican City, Jun 8, 2015 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The value and beauty of marriage, based on the complementarity of man and woman, is lamentably being challenged by “gender ideology,” Pope Francis warned the bishops of Puerto Rico on Monday. “The complementarity of man and woman, the crown of the divine creation, is being questioned by gender ideology in the name of a freer and more just society,” the Pope said June 8 at the Vatican's Santa Marta … [Read more...]

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