Synod on family can help renew marriage, English bishop says

Portsmouth, England, Oct 17, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Next year’s synod on the family and evangelization is a chance to renew family life and the Catholic vision of marriage, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England has said.“How might we educate, form and support Catholics to embrace with joy the Church’s vision and to put it into practice?” the bishop asked.The extraordinary synod will be held at the Vatican in October 2014 to discuss the pastoral care … [Read more...]

Spanish martyrs show victory of love over hate, says bishop

Madrid, Spain, Oct 16, 2013 / 12:10 pm (CNA).- The recent beatification of 522 Spanish martyrs of the 20th century is a testimony to the victory of God’s love, said a local bishop.The beatification took place at an Oct. 13 ceremony in Tarragona. The 522 martyrs died during the religious persecution in Spain in the 1930s.In a pastoral letter last week, Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba said that the Church honors her martyrs “because they were capable of showing the world the … [Read more...]

Ordinariate Use unites Anglican tradition to Catholic Church

London, England, Oct 15, 2013 / 03:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The introduction of a new Ordinariate Use liturgy for groups of former Anglicans is uniting some of their old traditions to the fullness of the Catholic Church.The Vatican office responsible for adapting parts of the Anglican liturgy for use in the Catholic Church “has had the task of the scribe, trained for the kingdom of heaven, the householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old,” said Monsignor … [Read more...]

Knights’ documentary explores life, vision of Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Oct 14, 2013 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new documentary produced by the Knights of Columbus traces the background of Pope Francis, offering insight into his life and thought through the words of those who knew him best.“This documentary introduces people to Pope Francis in a very accessible way,” said Andrew Walther, one of the documentary’s executive producers.“Most people know something about our Holy Father,” Walther told CNA, “but … [Read more...]

Head of Comboni Missionary Sisters urges renewal

Rome, Italy, Oct 13, 2013 / 07:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ten years after the canonization of Saint Daniel Comboni, the head of the Comboni Missionary Sisters has exhorted the congregation’s members to deepen their focus on Christ as they pursue their founder’s work.Sister Luzia Premoli, the missionary sisters’ general superior, in an Oct. 5 letter to the congregation, encouraged the sisters to continue to become “women of the Gospel, mothers and sisters of humanity in … [Read more...]

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...]

Regnum Christi general assembly to be held in December

Rome, Italy, Oct 9, 2013 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the Papal delegate overseeing Regnum Christi and the Legion of Christ, has announced that consecrated women of Regnum Christi will have their first general assembly later this year. “The General Assembly should represent the whole association and, by analogy with what the Code of Canon Law establishes for general chapters of religious institutes, should be 'a true sign of its unity in … [Read more...]