Vatican bureaucracy can leave Popes uninformed, JPII secretary reveals

Rome, Italy, Nov 7, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At times, Blessed Pope John Paul II was not well informed by his associates, according to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, who for years was particular secretary to the former Pope.Cardinal Dziwisz recently released a book, “I Lived with a Saint,” published in Italian. It is co-written with Italian journalist Gianfranco Svidercoschi, a former vice-director of L’Osservatore Romano.It is a first-person narration of … [Read more...]

Musician blends Tango, classic styles in Mass composition

Rome, Italy, Nov 5, 2013 / 07:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a festival in Rome, an Argentinian composer noted the need for sacred music in modern society and spoke of a Mass he wrote honoring his country which draws from both classical and Tango traditions. “The Mass is a Catholic Mass, but my history is I don't have a very religious formation…I learn a lot of religious by the music, through the music,” Martin Palmeri said of the music he composed in an Oct. 29 interview … [Read more...]

Vatican study group examines human trafficking issues

Rome, Italy, Nov 4, 2013 / 06:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Experts from around the world gathered at the Vatican this weekend to investigate and discuss the growing practice of “modern slavery” in the form of human trafficking.The “preparatory workshop,” entitled “Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery,” was held Nov. 2-3.Called at the request of Pope Francis, the conference was jointly hosted by the Pontifical Academy for the Sciences and the World … [Read more...]

Knights’ Pope Francis documentary to re-air on Sunday

Rome, Italy, Nov 1, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new documentary on Pope Francis by the Knights of Columbus, entitled “Francis: The Pope from the New World,” will re-air this Sunday on the U.S. cable channel CNBC.“This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins – but does not end – with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” Carl Anderson, Supreme … [Read more...]

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...]


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