Experts meet to consider women in the Church, world

Rome, Italy, Oct 12, 2013 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Approximately 100 women from around the world gathered in Rome from Oct. 10-12 to discuss the “feminine genius” described by Bl. Pope John Paul II 25 years ago.The study seminar was hosted by the women’s section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and focused on the theme, “God entrusts the human being to the woman.”Experts in various disciplines ranging from medicine and law to academia and art … [Read more...]

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Pope praises special roles of women

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2013 / 08:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with experts on women’s issues today in Rome, affirming that the Church must continue to work for a more profound understanding of women and their roles.“Also in the Church it is important to ask ourselves: what presence does woman have? Can it be valued more?” the Pope asked.He met with experts who had participated in a seminar marking the 25th anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s apostolic … [Read more...]

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Christianity and anti-Semitism are incompatible, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2013 / 05:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Meeting with members of the Jewish community in Rome, Pope Francis reflected on the tragedies of the past and called for the cultivation of brotherly love and friendship between the Catholic and Jewish people.“We will remember in a few days the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Jews of Rome,” said the Holy Father, according to Vatican Radio. “We will remember and pray for the many innocent victims of human … [Read more...]

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Suit challenges HHS mandate on social justice grounds

Washington D.C., Oct 11, 2013 / 05:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The owner of a U.S. manufacturing business is filing an appeal to the Supreme Court over the HHS mandate, both because it violates his religious beliefs and because it interferes with his ability to treat his workers justly.“I've never checked my faith at the door when I walked into the for-profit business arena” John Kennedy, owner of Autocam, told CNA Oct. 8, explaining that the company's generous health care … [Read more...]

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New auxiliary bishop appointed to Saint Paul-Minneapolis

St. Paul, Minn., Oct 11, 2013 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis today appointed Fr. Andrew Cozzens, a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, to be an auxiliary bishop for the same archdiocese. “I am honored by our Holy Father’s appointment and look forward to serving this local Church as auxiliary bishop,” Fr. Cozzens said Oct. 11. “We are blessed with many active, faithful and vibrant parishes, Catholic schools and ministry organizations … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Christians must guard against slyness of the devil

Rome, Italy, Oct 11, 2013 / 10:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Oct. 11 daily Mass homily, the Holy Father warned of the discreet presence of the devil, exhorting those gathered to be astute in their spiritual lives.“We must always be on guard,” exhorted the Pope to those who attended Mass in the Vatican’s Santa Marta guesthouse, “on guard against deceit, against the seduction of evil.”Referencing the day’s gospel reading, in which Jesus has just healed a … [Read more...]

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Mary ‘can only bring us to God,’ expert says as entrustment nears

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2013 / 07:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Anticipating Pope Francis' entrustment of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Oct. 13, a specialist in Marian apparitions reflected on how the Blessed Mother serves to bring people to Jesus. “It is necessary to have recourse to the Virgin because she can only bring you to God. That's her whole mission. She has nothing of self in it at all. She lives only for God and to bring you to God,” said Marian expert … [Read more...]

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