Pope shares desire to guide Church to humble service, dialogue

Rome, Italy, Oct 2, 2013 / 01:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview, Pope Francis shared his vision of a poor, missionary Church that dialogues with the world and serves the needs of the people, as well as his hope for a Roman Curia that is less “Vatican-centric.”“The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old,” he said. “The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope … [Read more...]

Pastoral care of families a key topic in reform meetings

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2013 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Halfway through their meetings, the council of cardinals and Pope Francis have addressed many different themes, with the formation and care of families slated to be a high priority. During an Oct. 2 press briefing on the current status of the meetings, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi revealed that so far the council has reflected on the ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council and the upcoming Synod of Bishops. Although … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: ‘Do not be afraid of holiness’

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2013 / 06:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis urged thousands of pilgrims to recognize that although everyone is a sinner, it is possible to be holy because of God's grace. “Do not be afraid of holiness, do not be afraid to aim high, to be loved and purified by God, do not be afraid to let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit,” he told those gathered in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 2. He began his reflections … [Read more...]

Divine Mercy statue in India receives cardinal’s blessing

Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, Oct 2, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sept. 30, Cardinal George Alencherry unveiled and blessed a shrine featuring a statue of the Divine Mercy of Jesus, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.“The statue is 43-feet tall and it proclaims that the Lord is ever merciful to all those who seek him,” Bishop Anthony Chirayath of the Syro-Malabarese Diocese of Sagar told CNA Sept. 28.The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is an Eastern Catholic Church in … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus aid ongoing response to Newtown shooting

Newtown, Conn., Oct 2, 2013 / 02:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish of Newtown, Conn., received a $100,000 gift from the Knights of Columbus to support its ongoing response to the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.“In the 24-hour news cycle, we often read or see the news, are affected for a time, and then quickly move on,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said Sept. 30. “But the people of Newtown could not simply ‘move on,’ and … [Read more...]

Taxpayer-funded abortions part of health care law, report says

Washington D.C., Oct 2, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Federal taxpayer funds could subsidize tens of thousands of abortions each year through the health care legislation that is continuing to go into effect, according to a new report from a pro-life group.“The issue of whether the Affordable Care Act creates streams of taxpayer funding for abortion has been hotly debated,” Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, said Sept. 26. “Research done by the … [Read more...]

Catholics continue to have lowest divorce rates, report finds

Washington D.C., Oct 1, 2013 / 05:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Recent studies on marriage show that while their rates of divorce are significant, U.S. Catholics are less likely to divorce than people of other religious affiliations.“Although the Catholic ‘divorce rate’ is lower than the U.S. average it is still a daunting figure,” said the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.In a Sept. 26 blog post, the research group explained that … [Read more...]