Vatican Rosary begins live broadcast

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2013 / 10:38 am (CNA).- The Vatican is now broadcasting the Rosary live every weekday from St. Peter's Square. The Vatican television outlet CTV and the Catholic internet portal Aleteia are broadcasting "A Moment with Mary," which is being held Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. outside St. Peter's Basilica. "We really want to bring the prayer to the people and enable the people all around the world to bring themselves closer to the heart of the … [Read more...]

Pope stunned by Brazilian night club tragedy

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2013 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is shocked at the deaths of 233 people at a Brazilian night club on Sunday and is praying for the wounded and the families and friends of those who passed away. In a telegram sent to Archbishop Helio Adelar Rubert of the Santa Maria Archdiocese, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said that the Pope is "shocked by the tragic death of hundreds of young people" and offers his "deepest … [Read more...]

CRS: New anti-violence work in Latin America shows promise

San Salvador, El Salvador, Jan 27, 2013 / 01:06 pm (CNA).- New, interpersonal approaches to preventing drug violence in Mexico and gang violence in Central America show promise where harsher measures have fallen short, a Catholic Relief Services expert in Latin America said.In El Salvador, the overseas relief agency for the U.S. Catholic Church is working with the government to create a system to prevent violence and create opportunities for young men drawn to gangs, Rick Jones, deputy … [Read more...]

Liturgy teaches us to hear God’s voice, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Jan 27, 2013 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told thousands gathered in St. Peter's square Jan. 27 that marking Sunday as a day of rest and engaging in the liturgy can teach us to listen to the voice of God. “Before we can speak of God and with God, we need to listen, and the liturgy of the Church is the 'school' of this listening to the Lord who speaks to us,” he said during his weekly Angelus address. Exploring the day's reading … [Read more...]

Irish patroness St. Brigid of Kildare celebrated Feb. 1

Denver, Colo., Jan 27, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Feb. 1 Catholics in Ireland and elsewhere will honor Saint Brigid of Kildare, a monastic foundress who is – together with Saint Patrick and Saint Columcille – one of the country’s three patron saints. St. Brigid directly influenced several other future saints of Ireland, and her many religious communities helped to secure the country's conversion from paganism to the Catholic faith. She is traditionally … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke heartened by US pro-life marches

Rome, Italy, Jan 26, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Raymond Burke says that the pro-life marches taking place across America this week “are a most important witness to the respect for the inviolable dignity of every human life.” “It is heartening to note the increased participation in the pro-life marches,” the head of the Vatican's highest tribunal, the Apostolic Signatura, told CNA Jan. 23. “Surely, the witness of the pro-life marches gives … [Read more...]

Vatican health official urges charity for leprosy sufferers

Vatican City, Jan 26, 2013 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Anticipating the 60th World Leprosy Day, the head of the Vatican council for health care workers encouraged Christians to intensify their love and service to those afflicted with the disease. “This event constitutes for all Christians...a valuable opportunity to relaunch their efforts in favor of those who are directly afflicted by Mycobacterium Leprae or are indirectly affected by it,” Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president … [Read more...]


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