Pope to Guadalupe pilgrims: use Gospel’s ‘perfume’ to evangelize

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 16, 2013 / 02:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ video message to the pilgrims gathered in Mexico City today encouraged the faithful to spread the Gospel with a peaceful manner, as did Christ. “The task of evangelization requires much patience, much patience…don’t lose peace in the presence of discord.  And know also to present the Christian message in a serene and gradual manner, with the perfume of the Gospel, as the Lord did,” … [Read more...]

God a ‘relentless warrior’ for our salvation, says Pope Francis

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2013 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Preaching his homily during Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta in the Vatican, the Pope stressed God's unwavering dedication to redeeming mankind. “When the Lord takes up the defense of his people it is like this: he is a relentless warrior and saves his people,” Pope Francis said Nov. 16. God “saves (and) renews everything: ‘All creation was made anew in its nature as before.’ ‘The Red Sea … [Read more...]

Catholics pray, send aid in Typhoon Haiyan’s wake

Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov 16, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Salesian religious order is responding to Typhoon Haiyan as Catholics around the world voice their prayers and support for the massive storm's victims. “Salesians were on the ground and able to respond immediately,” Father Mark Hyde, executive director of the U.S.-based Salesian Missions, said Nov. 12. “But they need additional help and we are responding to that call.” The Salesian missionaries in the … [Read more...]

Colorado Obamacare ad criticized even by Planned Parenthood

Denver, Colo., Nov 15, 2013 / 05:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Colorado ad campaign to encourage young people to purchase the insurance plans offered under Obamacare have garnered criticism for their glib attitude and promotion of risky behaviors. Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, a subsidiary of Planned Parenthood, tweeted Nov. 12 that an ad entitled "Let's get physical" was "unfortunate"for its " #slutshaming #women who use #birthcontrol" incorrectly assuming … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus cosponsor pilgrimage to Guadalupe shrine

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 15, 2013 / 05:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A conference and pilgrimage held this weekend at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City will feature Carl Anderson, the Knights of Columbus' Supreme Knight, among its speakers. “At Guadalupe, Mary's message was one of love and reconciliation, which can be seen echoed in Pope Francis' efforts to reach out to the poor and marginalized,   to   the fallen-away and those who have … [Read more...]

Reports of a more lax one-child policy in China ‘misleading’

Beijing, China, Nov 15, 2013 / 02:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Recent news that the Chinese government is easing its one child policy is “very misleading” because they do not address the human rights violations at the policy's core, a leading critic says. “The core of the policy is coercion,” Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, told CNA Nov. 15. “The problem is, that the government is telling people how many kids they can … [Read more...]

Pope Francis cancels meetings due to having a cold

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was announced earlier today that Pope Francis cancelled all of his morning meetings due to a cold, but still presided over a scheduled Mass in which he ordained a bishop in the afternoon. In a statement issued to journalists on Nov. 15, Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi noted that although the Pope had four audiences scheduled with various heads of dicasteries within the Curia, he decided to postpone them because the … [Read more...]