Sistine Chapel reveals light of God, Pope says on 500th anniversary

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2012 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Sistine Chapel ceiling is celebrating its 500th anniversary today, and Pope Benedict XVI followed in the footsteps of his predecessor Pope Julius II, who unveiled the masterpiece by saying vespers there.Pope Benedict said in his Oct. 31 address that he was marking the anniversary of this “liturgical classroom” with vespers because “the works of art which decorate it, especially the frescos, find in the liturgy … [Read more...]

Cuban recovery from Hurricane Sandy will take years, agency reports

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Oct 31, 2012 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The secretary general of Caritas Cuba said it will take years for the eastern section of the country to recover from Hurricane Sandy but that the local Church is bringing relief to thousands of victims. Maritza Sanchez told CNA on Oct. 29 that the situation in Cuba “remains very difficult, especially in the city of Santiago, because the damage has been so severe.” “The hurricane practically devastated the … [Read more...]

Pope offers prayers for Hurricane Sandy victims

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2012 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the Oct. 31 general audience, Pope Benedict offered prayers for the victims of Hurricane Sandy which ravaged the East Coast of the United States early this week.“Conscious of the devastation caused by the hurricane which recently struck the East Coast of the United States of America, I offer my prayers for the victims and express my solidarity with all those engaged in the work of rebuilding,” he said at the conclusion of … [Read more...]

Faith is lived in community, Pope Benedict reflects

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2012 / 10:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although faith is intensely personal, it is necessarily transmitted and lived through relationships with others, Pope Benedict XVI said at his general audience on Wednesday. “I cannot build my personal faith in a private dialogue with Jesus, because faith is given to me by God through a community of believers,” the Pope said in a rain-soaked St. Peter's Square Oct. 31. “The Church, and I become part of the … [Read more...]

North Dakota bishop stands by pastoral letter on election

Bismarck, N.D., Oct 31, 2012 / 04:05 am (CNA).- Bishop David D. Kagan of Bismarck defended his letter on the election which was read this weekend at parishes in North Dakota, against demands by a state senator that it be withdrawn or changed. “It's with a properly formed conscience, which we regularly nourish with prayer, the sacraments, and continued study, that we can...set a good example, which ultimately isn't about you or me,” Bishop Kagan told CNA Oct. 30. The … [Read more...]

Catholic music label to release nuns’ album for Advent

Denver, Colo., Oct 31, 2012 / 01:03 am (CNA).- Kevin and Monica Fitzgibbons left lucrative positions in the entertainment industry to found a company that helps unique new artists – and their De Montfort Music label will soon release an album by contemplative Benedictine nuns. “We want to be able to bring these beautiful hymns across the ages, and chant and polyphony, and the Benedictines of Mary are extremely talented,” Monica Fitzgibbons told CNA Oct. 25. “When we … [Read more...]

Evangelization more than strategy, cardinal-designate says

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2012 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new cardinal-designate said he was encouraged by the recent bishops' synod in Rome, which emphasized an encounter with the risen Christ as the basis of all evangelization. What “caught my attention in the synod was the desire of everyone to make evangelization not so much a strategy but a living encounter with the living Lord,” Archbishop Luis A. Tagle of the Philippines told CNA Oct. 29. “I guess in the past … [Read more...]