Vatican office unveils Faith Scroll for pilgrims

Rome, Italy, Nov 15, 2012 / 03:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of the Year of Faith, pilgrims to Rome can now share their thoughts about the gift of faith by writing them on a special scroll at the Vatican’s Pilgrim Office.“Since it's the Year of Faith people are going to live intense experiences of faith,” said the office’s director, Father Cesare Atuire, after the scroll’s Nov. 15 debut. “So we've decided to create this initiative whereby people … [Read more...]

Pope: World’s spiritual poverty heightens need for Christian unity

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2012 / 12:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians must not allow their divisions to keep them from working together to evangelize a world enduring a “crisis of faith,” Pope Benedict XVI told the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.The failure to do so, he said, “goes against the will of Christ, and is a scandal in the world.”The council, which is meeting Nov. 15 –19, will address the theme of “The Importance of … [Read more...]

UN report renews ‘family planning’ advocacy

New York City, N.Y., Nov 15, 2012 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new report from the United Nations Population Fund declares that family planning is a global “right” for women, and calls for the removal of any social and financial obstacles to it. “Every adult, adolescent and young person everywhere, regardless of sex, social status, income, ethnicity, religion or place of residence must be empowered to decide freely and responsibly how many children to have and when to have … [Read more...]

US bishops approve revisions to Liturgy of the Hours

Baltimore, Md., Nov 15, 2012 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has approved a plan to draft an amended edition of the English-language Liturgy of the Hours for use in the United States.The conference’s Committee on Divine Worship, headed by Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans, had recommended the action in light of new liturgical texts, including the Third Edition of the Roman Missal, the revised Grail Psalms and biblical canticles, and … [Read more...]

Dorothy Day sainthood cause finds strong support from bishops

Baltimore, Md., Nov 15, 2012 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops heartily approved the advancement of the cause for canonization of Dorothy Day, a 20th century Catholic convert, pacifist and advocate for the poor. “I’m more convinced than ever she's a saint for our time,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York in a Nov. 13 press conference. He explained that before her conversion, Day led an immoral life that included a pregnancy out of wedlock and an … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke honors Irish blessed with monument

Rome, Italy, Nov 15, 2012 / 12:22 am (CNA).- Cardinal Raymond L. Burke recently unveiled a monument he commissioned for his titular church – Saint Agatha of the Goths – of a saintly Irish monk who was ordained there in 1881.“Cardinal Burke loves to build and loves to beautify … and this is a monument to this great man and this great event in his life, to remind us where this saint was ordained,” said Duncan G. Stroik, the monument's designer, in a Nov. 14 … [Read more...]

US bishops say homilies should invite Catholics to conversion

Baltimore, Md., Nov 14, 2012 / 06:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sunday homilies should promote repentance, instill a sense of mission and lead Catholics to grow in understanding their faith, the U.S. bishops said in a new document on preaching.“The ultimate goal of proclaiming the Gospel is to lead people into a loving and intimate relationship with the Lord, a relationship that forms the character of their persons and guides them in living out their faith,” the bishops emphasized.In … [Read more...]