Jesus expressed the faith in small ‘tweets,’ cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Nov 14, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official urged Catholics to share the Gospel in a concise and eloquent way like Jesus, “who used only 78 Greek characters to express the faith, barely half of the amount used for a message on Twitter today.” Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, who serves as president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, made his remarks Nov. 9, as he received a “Honoris Causa” Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Lateran … [Read more...]

‘Practical atheism’ more destructive than disbelief, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2012 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The practical atheism of those who say they are Christian but live as if God does not exist is a greater threat than actual atheism, Pope Benedict XVI said as he presented three ways for people to more fully discover God.While actual atheists often think deeply about God before rejecting belief, practical atheism “is even more destructive … because it leads to indifference towards faith and the question of God,” the … [Read more...]

Bishops nix economy statement; approve preaching, confession documents

Baltimore, Md., Nov 14, 2012 / 03:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although they shelved a strongly debated statement on the economy, the U.S. bishops’ approved moving ahead with the reorganization of their communications department, and the publication of documents on preaching and confession.The bishops voted by a margin of 202-25 to hire a director of public affairs to help improve the conference’s communications effectiveness and strategy.Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, … [Read more...]

Sophia Institute Press names new president

Bedford, N.H., Nov 14, 2012 / 02:01 am (CNA).- The New Hampshire-based Sophia Institute Press has named its current CEO, Charlie McKinney, as its new president.McKinney, the publisher’s chief operating officer since April 2011, helped restore the press’ financial viability. He said he is “honored” to be entrusted with the task of “building and expanding one of America’s great Catholic publishing houses.”“Through our various apostolates and … [Read more...]

Priest calls study of non-physical realm the ‘supreme’ science

Rome, Italy, Nov 14, 2012 / 12:04 am (CNA).- A priest who headed the fifth annual World Congress of Metaphysics in Rome said the study of that which lies beyond the physical realm puts all other sciences in the right perspective. In his opening address, congress president Father Jesús Fernández Hernández praised metaphysics as the “supreme science” that aligns all other sciences and philosophies and “opens them to vast horizons.” However, the … [Read more...]

Religious liberty defense must be long-term, Archbishop Lori declares

Baltimore, Md., Nov 13, 2012 / 04:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The strong protection of Americans’ religious freedom requires a long-term commitment to formation and education, particularly of young people, the U.S. bishops' leader on religious liberty issues said."We are prayerfully resolute in pursuing the project of defending and fostering religious liberty, in the short and mid-term and in the long-term," said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, who chairs the ad … [Read more...]

Election shows need to better present marriage beliefs

Baltimore, Md., Nov 13, 2012 / 03:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishops and Catholics must work to better deliver the Church's teaching on marriage in light of the recent U.S. elections, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York. “Our role, our sacred responsibility is to defend marriage from anything – anything – that would dilute it from what nature intends and what the God of nature intends namely, a life-long, life-giving, faithful union between one man and one … [Read more...]