Friend says Benedict XVI’s legacy marked by faith, reason link

Rome, Italy, Oct 30, 2013 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A noted French philosopher and friend of retired pontiff Benedict XVI reflected that the former Pope's greatest contribution during his pontificate could be how he addressed the rationality of belief. “As far as I can judge…the way in which he asked afresh the question of the relationship between faith and reason might have a lasting influence,” Remi Brague told CNA in an Oct. 25 interview. Brague, who attended … [Read more...]

Mission work is about sharing God’s love, Spanish priest says

Madrid, Spain, Oct 24, 2013 / 01:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest who has spent 50 years ministering in the east African nation of Burundi has emphasized that the primary focus of the missions is to help spread God's love, rather than caring for merely material needs. “It's not about building homes or hospitals, but about teaching how to interpret life from the dimension of God's love,” Father Germán Ancanada, a member of the Missionaries of Africa, told CNA … [Read more...]

German bishop on leave while ‘luxury’ charges scrutinized

Limburg, Germany, Oct 23, 2013 / 03:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A German bishop at the center of intense media controversy for allegedly living a luxurious lifestyle will take a leave of absence from his diocese until the truth can be determined, Vatican officials have said. The Holy See Press Office said Oct. 23 that “a situation has arisen in which” Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg “cannot, at the present moment, continue to exercise his episcopal … [Read more...]

Catholic patriarch fears extremist slant of Syrian rebel groups

London, England, Oct 22, 2013 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch has said that the success of Syrian rebels could worsen the plight of Christians because of the extreme Islamist elements among the rebel forces. “The extremists are against even the normal rebel opposition,” he said Oct. 16, according to the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph. “This is an issue for Muslims as well as Christians. I am not afraid of Islam, I am just … [Read more...]

Spanish woman recounts how beatified aunt saved her life

Tarragona, Spain, Oct 22, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA).- Blessed Josefa Martinez' niece says she owes her life to her aunt, who was beatified Oct. 13 alongside 521 other martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. “I pray to her every day, and in Alberique, the town where Sister Josefina was born, many people are devoted to her,” Carmen Cubelle, 76, told CNA following the beatification. “Many holy cards have been distributed, so people can pray novenas, or pray to her … [Read more...]

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...]