Francis wishes Benedict XVI a good summer in Castel Gandolfo

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2015 / 11:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Before heading out for his two-week stay at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo this summer, retired pontiff Benedict XVI received a 30 minute visit from Pope Francis, who wished him a pleasant stay. Francis popped by Benedict’s residence at the Mater Ecclesiae ex-convent around 10 a.m. this morning to greet the retired pope before he leaves today. The meeting lasted half an hour. Benedict will remain at the papal residence … [Read more...]

Cuba, US set to be a busy trip for Pope Francis

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2015 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ itinerary while in Cuba and the United States confirms several highly anticipated events including a special U.N. Summit and the canonization of Bl. Junipero Serra. He is also set to meet with groups he frequently prioritizes: homeless, prisoners and migrants. On June 30, the Vatican issued a final schedule for Pope Francis’ upcoming 10-day trip to both Cuba and the United States of America. The schedule … [Read more...]

These nuns are making the Pope’s vestments for Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador, Jun 30, 2015 / 06:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Within the walls of the convent in Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Ecuador, the Carmelite nuns are busy making liturgical cloths and the vestments for Pope Francis’ July 6-7 visit to the country. “For me it is a great grace because it means to clothe Our Lord Jesus Christ in the person of the pope. It’s a feeling of joy I can’t express,” Sister María Beatriz de la Dolorosa, one of the nuns … [Read more...]

What does it look like to be gay – and a practicing Catholic?

Rome, Italy, Jun 30, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA).- More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church’s teaching. In the intervening years, Catholics experiencing same-sex attraction have become a more vocal presence in the Church. Google the words “gay Catholic” and one of the top … [Read more...]

Vatican’s communications secretariat prioritizes new media

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Internet content and and video production will assume a greater role in Vatican communications in the years to come, suggests the establishment and – particularly – the leadership of the newly established Secretariat for Communications. At the same time, traditional media, such as the Vatican's newspaper and radio, are likely to diminish in prominence. On June 27, Pope Francis established the new secretariat via a motu … [Read more...]

Practice what you preach, Pope encourages new archbishops

Vatican City, Jun 29, 2015 / 12:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Mass for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul on Monday, Pope Francis called on the Church's new archbishops to be courageous witnesses who are not ashamed of Christ, and who are convinced by what they themselves teach. “Kingdoms, peoples, cultures, nations, ideologies, powers have passed, but the Church, founded on Christ, notwithstanding the many storms and our many sins, remains ever faithful to the deposit of faith … [Read more...]

Supreme Court upholds use of controversial lethal injection drug

Washington D.C., Jun 29, 2015 / 08:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the continued use of a drug that has been accused of causing excruciating pain in several controversial state executions. The 5-4 ruling in Glossip v. Gross was announced June 29. The majority opinion said that “because some risk of pain is inherent in any method of execution, we have held that the Constitution does not require the avoidance of all risk of pain.” The court ruled … [Read more...]