Dialogue essential to Christianity, Pope tells non-believing journalist

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter to a prominent non-believing Italian journalist, Pope Francis called dialogue a “profound and indispensable expression” of the Christian life.It “seems to me that it is nothing other than positive, not only for us individually but also for the society in which we live, to pause to dialogue on a reality as important as the faith is,” the Pope said in a Sept 11 letter to Eugenio Scalfari, translated by … [Read more...]

Augustinian sisters remembered for martyrdom in Algeria

Madrid, Spain, Sep 13, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Augustinian missionaries who were martyred in 1994 during the Algerian Civil War are today remembered within their community for their faithfulness, even to the point of death.Sisters Caridad Alvarez and Esther Paniagua were killed during a war between the Algerian government and Islamists, who targeted various groups, including foreigners living in the country.The decade-long war, which began in 1991, became especially violent … [Read more...]

Youth call education key in solving Israel-Palestine conflict

Washington D.C., Sep 12, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Education and interpersonal interaction offer the best hope for change in the situation between Israel and Palestine despite challenges facing those in the region, young students said at a recent panel.“When you live under occupation, you come to accept things you shouldn't accept,” Lubna Alzaroo, a Muslim graduate of Bethlehem University and Fulbright scholar studying at the University of Washington, said Sept. 9 at … [Read more...]

Spanish priest warns against ignorance of Church social teaching

Madrid, Spain, Sep 12, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church’s social doctrine is central for the life of the faithful, said a Spanish priest, and widespread ignorance of that doctrine is affecting the performance of the laity in public life.“The Social Doctrine of the Church is one of the great unknowns for Catholics,” said Father Fernando Fuentes, who works for the Spanish bishops' Committee on Social Ministry.In statements to the SIC news agency, Fr. Fuentes … [Read more...]

Thai faithful echo Pope’s call for peace in Syria

Bangkok, Thailand, Sep 12, 2013 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics throughout Thailand – joined by Buddhists and Muslims in the country – have welcomed Pope Francis’ appeals for peace in Syria and throughout the world.The Catholic Bishops of Thailand worked through social media and archdiocesan websites to share the Pope’s call for prayer and fasting for peace in Syria on Sept. 7.“Thai bishops took this seriously to heart in spite of the unexpected short … [Read more...]

Archbishop Parolin: Pope’s reforms a return to Church basics

Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2013 / 01:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- New Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin said Pope Francis' reform efforts are not revolutionary, but stem from a fidelity to Christ and continuity with foundational Church teachings.In an interview with the Venezuelan daily El Universal, he said that the Pope's vision does not include “returning to the past” in external ways, but “returning to the fundamental principles of the … [Read more...]

Vatican releases Pope’s busy schedule leading up to December

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2013 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has made public the packed schedule of liturgical activities Pope Francis will be involved in during the months of October and November.The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff also stated he will first partake in three celebrations in September, including a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria at Cagliari, Sardinia, on Sept. 22. The Pope will then celebrate Mass at Saint Peter’s … [Read more...]