Pope proposes serenity of Mary as model for peace

Vatican City, Jan 1, 2013 / 09:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Presiding at the Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, Pope Benedict XVI proposed Mary’s serenity as the source of interior peace and as the foundation for world peace.On the first day of 2013, when the Church also commemorates the World Day of Peace – established by Pope Paul the VI in 1975 – the Holy Father said that Mary shows “the interior peace which … [Read more...]

Needs of the poor emphasized as fiscal cliff looms

Washington D.C., Dec 29, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With just days left in 2012, advocates for the poor are asking elected officials to avert the fiscal cliff and its potentially devastating effects on the economy. The federal budget “is a moral document that demonstrates the nation’s priorities,” said Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA on Dec. 4. “Therefore, the needs and concerns of the most vulnerable must be a top … [Read more...]

In work with poor, Little Sisters trust in providence this winter

Baltimore, Md., Dec 28, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- As the winter season continues, the Little Sisters of the Poor are relying on God's providence to help their care for the elderly poor, as they always have. “One of the foundational virtues of our congregation,” Sister Constance Veit told CNA Dec. 20, is “trust in providence.” The Little Sisters of the Poor were founded by Saint Jeanne Jugan in France the 1830s to take care of the elderly poor, who had no one else … [Read more...]

In work with poor, Little Sisters trust in providence this winter

Baltimore, Md., Dec 28, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- As the winter season continues, the Little Sisters of the Poor are relying on God's providence to help their care for the elderly poor, as they always have. “One of the foundational virtues of our congregation,” Sister Constance Veit told CNA Dec. 20, is “trust in providence.” The Little Sisters of the Poor were founded by Saint Jeanne Jugan in France the 1830s to take care of the elderly poor, who had no one else … [Read more...]

Jerusalem patriarch’s Christmas message surveys Middle East situation

Jerusalem, Israel, Dec 27, 2012 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, has issued a Christmas message that both laments the violence and refugee situation in the Middle East and calls on Christians to live out their faith.“The joy of Christmas is overshadowed by the staggering violence in Syria,” he said Dec. 20.He noted the Catholic Church’s work to assist 250,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, saying this shows the Church is … [Read more...]

In Christmas message, Pope extends Christ’s peace to the world

Vatican City, Dec 25, 2012 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict outlined the power of faith and pointed to Christ coming in the flesh as the source of hope and peace for society in his annual “Urbi et Orbi,” or “The city and to the world” message.“God has done everything; he has done the impossible: he was made flesh,” the Pope emphasized. “His all-powerful love has accomplished something which surpasses all human understanding: the Infinite … [Read more...]

Bishop Conley: Christmas shows God is with mankind

Lincoln, Neb., Dec 24, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Neb., says Christmas shows that God is truly with mankind despite the evils of the world, which means Christians must “find the miraculous amid the ordinary.” “Christmas declares that our world is not insignificant. Christmas declares that we are worth being loved. Christmas affirms that God walked among us in the person of Jesus Christ; that he loves us enough to become like us, to … [Read more...]


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