Peace comes by embracing the cross, Pope says at Assisi

Assisi, Italy, Oct 4, 2013 / 04:18 am (CNA).- During his visit to Assisi, Pope Francis told Mass attendees that true peace can only be attained by drawing close to the crucified Lord, stressing the importance of having a relationship with him. “What is the peace which (Saint) Francis received, experienced and lived, and which he passes on to us? It is the peace of Christ, which is born of the greatest love of all, the love of the cross,” he said. Pope Francis celebrated his … [Read more...]

Small bomb explodes in emblematic Spanish basilica

Madrid, Spain, Oct 3, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- A small bomb exploded on Oct. 2 in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain. Police said no one was injured in the blast.According to Europa Press, the basilica was immediately evacuated after the explosion and police set up an exterior perimeter.The small bomb, consisting of a gas cylinder with gun powder, was placed in the central nave of the basilica.Left-wing anarchists have been blamed for the attack, according to … [Read more...]

Pope shares desire to guide Church to humble service, dialogue

Rome, Italy, Oct 2, 2013 / 01:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview, Pope Francis shared his vision of a poor, missionary Church that dialogues with the world and serves the needs of the people, as well as his hope for a Roman Curia that is less “Vatican-centric.”“The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old,” he said. “The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope … [Read more...]

Benedict could attend canonizations, Vatican spokesman says

Rome, Italy, Oct 1, 2013 / 01:03 pm (CNA).- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office announced that Benedict XVI could participate in the canonization ceremony next April for Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII.During a Sept. 30 press conference at the Vatican, Father Federico Lombardi did not rule out that the former Pontiff could be present at the canonizations. “There is not legal or doctrinal reason to keep Benedict XVI from taking part in a public … [Read more...]

Scholar calls for discomfort with Francis to spark reflection

Milan, Italy, Sep 27, 2013 / 03:29 pm (CNA).- The discomfort among some Catholics caused by Pope Francis' frank comments in his recent interview with Jesuit publications should become a source of personal reflection, according to a prominent Italian sociologist.“It is always useful to try to understand, to transform even the discomfort into cultural and political reflection, rather than keeping it in and later spitting it out as poison, as is the case with so many angry comments … [Read more...]

One-child policy still a massive threat to women, expert warns

Rome, Italy, Sep 25, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of the 33rd anniversary of China's one-child policy, a women's rights activist has raised concern about those who believe the policy has ended, warning of the dangers it still poses. “The one child policy is definitely still happening. Any report that states that China is abandoning the one-child policy is false,” Reggie Littlejohn said in a Sept. 22 interview with CNA. Littlejohn is the founder and … [Read more...]

Pope cautions youth against selling themselves to ‘merchants of death’

Cagliari, Italy, Sep 22, 2013 / 02:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke forcefully to the youth of Sardinia today, urging them to stay faithful to Christ and avoid the dangers of cynicism and hopelessness.“You young people cannot and you must not be without hope: hope is a part of your being!” he told thousands of Sardinian youth gathered in the capitol city of Cagliari on Sept. 22.“When a youth doesn’t have joy and feels skepticism in life … where does … [Read more...]