New generation of filmmakers to ‘Impact Culture for Christ’

San Diego, Calif., Jul 9, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA).- A group of filmmakers of the John Paul II generation, looking to spread the Gospel of Christ, is working to produce a new high-quality short film, called “Bandit,” in San Diego, Calif. The short silent film aims to explore the innocence of childhood through humor, as a masked and mischievous little girl sets out on a quest to cheer up a friend. Students at John Paul the Great Catholic University plan to use the project to … [Read more...]

Vatican Bank donated $70 million to charity in 2012

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Bank donated some $70 million to charities in 2012, according to a Vatican statement released Thursday. “The Members of the Council expressed their deep gratitude for the support given, often anonymously, to the Holy Father’s universal ministry in spite of moments of economic crisis, and encouraged perseverance in this good work,” said the July 4 statement of the Council for Cardinals for the Study of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis invites homeless to dine at Vatican

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On July 1 Pope Francis invited a group of 200 homeless individuals to dinner at the Vatican, where they were served in his name by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello. Cardinal Bertello, president of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State, spent the entire evening with the special guests, with whom he chatted at length and shared personal experiences, according to the July 3 edition of L'Osservatore Romano. “I welcome … [Read more...]

Bishops say concerns remain over final contraception mandate

Washington D.C., Jul 8, 2013 / 06:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After an initial analysis of the finalized HHS mandate, the U.S. bishops are warning that despite changes, the regulation still threatens the Church’s ability “to carry out the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ.”“Although the Conference has not completed its analysis of the final rule, some basic elements of the final rule have already come into focus,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, … [Read more...]

Comfort makes us indifferent to suffering of migrants, Pope says

Lampedusa, Jul 8, 2013 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Seeking to “reawaken” consciences, Pope Francis visited an Italian island which is the destination of African emigrants and said that the “culture of comfort” leads many people to ignore the suffering of others. “The culture of comfort…makes us insensitive to the cries of other people, makes us live in soap bubbles which, however lovely, are insubstantial; they offer a fleeting and empty … [Read more...]

Consistory to pick canonization dates could be in September

Vatican City, Jul 8, 2013 / 02:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office says the consistory of cardinals which will discuss the canonization of Bl. John XXIII and Bl. John Paul II may be held in September, with the ceremony taking place a few months later.“There will be a consistory in autumn, possibly in September but we still don't know the exact date,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told CNA on July 5, shortly after it was … [Read more...]

Chilean archbishop donates inheritance to help college students

Concepcion, Chile, Jul 8, 2013 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop of Concepcion, Chile, has donated a $50,000 inheritance to a Catholic university in the city to establish a food scholarship in memory of his late aunt.“I believe that in Chile, donation is a path we must take for a more just society, in a bid for freedom for all,” Archbishop Fernando N. Chomali Garib said at the June 24 ceremony establishing the Yolanda Garib Food Scholarship at the Catholic University of … [Read more...]