Croatians vote to protect marriage from redefinition

Zagreb, Croatia, Dec 2, 2013 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Croatian voters have approved an amendment to their country’s constitution that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Cardinal Josip Bozanic encouraged a “yes” vote, noting in a letter read to parishioners that marriage is “the only union enabling procreation.” The Dec. 1 referendum passed by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, with about 65 percent of Croatians voting in favor and about 34 percent … [Read more...]

Seminarians bring American football to Rome for Thanksgiving

Rome, Italy, Dec 2, 2013 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thanksgiving weekend at the North American College in Rome is full of traditions not normally found in Italy. Besides a classic turkey dinner and pumpkin pie, the seminarians at the college host their traditional “Spaghetti Bowl.” This year on Dec. 1, the entire college and its guests gathered to watch the “New Men vs. Old Men” match. First-year seminarians faced off against a team comprised of students from every … [Read more...]

Christmas is more than a ‘temporal celebration,’ Pope reflects

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2013 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily on the first Monday of Advent, Pope Francis reflected on the season of Christmas, explaining that it is a time to encounter the Lord in faith, and allow him to renew our lives.Christmas, the Pope expressed in his Dec. 2 homily, “isn’t just a temporal celebration or the memory of a beautiful (event); Christmas is more…Christmas is an encounter!”Pope Francis directed his words to those who … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ December prayers, nativity scene plans revealed

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2013 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is bringing this year to a close by offering special prayers during the month of December for children who are victims of violence, and imploring Christians to prepare for the coming of Christ.Each month this year has been dedicated to specific prayer intentions of the Holy Father, one general intention and one missionary intention.The general intention concluding the year of 2013, as published earlier this year in the … [Read more...]

International conference to explore ‘vocation’ of business

Bangkok, Thailand, Dec 1, 2013 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A conference for Catholic business leaders will meet in Thailand in March to discuss Catholic social teaching and the vocation of the business leader in the new evangelization. “With the opening of the new Asian Economic Communities in 2014, the Church has to address and prepare for the future pastoral challenges influencing every human sector,” Monsignor Andrew Vissanu Thanya Anan, the deputy secretary general of the … [Read more...]

Christian life is path of encountering Jesus, says Pope

Vatican City, Dec 1, 2013 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis traveled to an outlying parish in his Diocese of Rome today, celebrating Mass for the first Sunday of Advent as well as the sacrament of confirmation with parishioners there. The Pope’s homily focused on the idea of life as a journey of encounter with Christ. “We can ask ourselves this question: When will we meet Jesus – only at the end? No, no, no. We meet him every day. But how? In prayer. When you … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Advent is a journey towards horizon of hope

Vatican City, Dec 1, 2013 / 09:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope’s Sunday Angelus message for the start of Advent focused on the importance of hope during the liturgical season dedicated to preparing for Christmas. “For the great human family it is necessary to renew always the common horizon toward which we are journeying. The horizon of hope! This is the horizon that makes a good journey,” Pope Francis said on Dec. 1 to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square. “The … [Read more...]