Pope in Turin: Allow God to make us new

Turin, Italy, Jun 21, 2015 / 12:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has challenged Christians to seek safety in God’s transformative power, and not in the world. “Do we believe that the Lord is faithful?” the pontiff said to thousands at Mass in Turin’s Piazza Vittorio. “How do we live the newness of God who transforms us every day? How do we live the steadfast love of the Lord, who puts up a secure barrier against the waves of pride and false … [Read more...]

Pope Francis asks workers: give immigrants compassion, not blame

Turin, Italy, Jun 21, 2015 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has encouraged workers not to blame their economic troubles on migrants, who are themselves often victims of injustice and treated like merchandise rather than human beings. “Immigration increases competition, but migrants are not to blame, because they too are victims of inequality, of this economy of waste and of war,” the Pope said, remarking on the various crises, especially in Africa and the Middle East, … [Read more...]

Shroud of Turin reminds us of all human suffering, Pope Francis says

Turin, Italy, Jun 21, 2015 / 07:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis prayed before the Shroud of Turin on Sunday and reflected on the role the reputed burial cloth of Jesus Christ can play in Christian spiritual life. “The Shroud attracts (us) toward the martyred face and body of Jesus,” the Pope said June 21. “At the same time, it pushes (us) toward the face of every suffering and unjustly persecuted person. It pushes us in the same direction as the gift of Jesus’ … [Read more...]

Summorum Pontificum Conference celebrates Benedict XVI’s liturgical legacy

Rome, Italy, Jun 19, 2015 / 07:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The fourth annual Summorum Pontificum Conference was held last Saturday in Rome to promote the understanding and use of the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, and to discuss the liturgical heritage of Benedict XVI. Benedict issued the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum in 2007, acknowledging clearly the right of all priests of the Roman rite to say Mass using the Roman Missal of 1962 – the form of the Mass used prior to the reforms … [Read more...]

A warning for Europe: court ruling undermines right to life guarantees for comatose

Strasbourg, France, Jun 9, 2015 / 11:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The European Court of Human Rights’ recent decision to allow the removal of a comatose French man’s intravenous feeding tube could have far-reaching consequences, one legal observer has said. Gregor Puppinck, director of the European Centre for Law and Justice, warned that the court’s decision “puts at risk the ‘legal death’ of tens of thousands of patients in Europe” who are in the same … [Read more...]

Polish, Eastern Catholic bishops stand firm on pastoral care for families

Rome, Italy, Jun 9, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During recent meetings which were held separately, both the Polish bishops and the Eastern Catholic bishops from Europe have discussed the family in view of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and are likely to uphold Catholic pastoral care for families. The bishops from Poland will be on the front line at the synod, giving an overall view of the family and not focusing merely on the contentious issues of access to Communion for the divorced … [Read more...]

3D technology takes pilgrims ‘back in time’ to Medieval Church

Stuttgard, Germany, Jun 9, 2015 / 03:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For fans of Church history and architecture, 3D imaging may be the second-best thing to time travel, allowing them to experience a medieval church as it existed hundreds of years ago. Users of a soon-to-be launched website and app will be able to harness modern technology to see architecture that existed centuries ago. The technology was presented at a recent international conference in Germany. On display was a 3D model of the … [Read more...]