Bishop says Pope Francis’ influence seen throughout encyclical

Madrid, Spain, Jul 10, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Juan A. Reig Pla of the Spanish diocese Alcala de Henares said that the thought of Pope Francis is evident throughout his recent encyclical.“Lumen Fidei,” or “The Light of Faith,” was released July 5, and is the first encyclical promulgated by Pope Francis. Much of the rough draft was prepared by Benedict XVI, who was not able to finish it before resigning from the office of Pope.However, Bishop Pla … [Read more...]

Comfort makes us indifferent to suffering of migrants, Pope says

Lampedusa, Jul 8, 2013 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Seeking to “reawaken” consciences, Pope Francis visited an Italian island which is the destination of African emigrants and said that the “culture of comfort” leads many people to ignore the suffering of others. “The culture of comfort…makes us insensitive to the cries of other people, makes us live in soap bubbles which, however lovely, are insubstantial; they offer a fleeting and empty … [Read more...]

Artist’s faith grows through Benedict XVI portrait

Rome, Italy, Jul 4, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A British artist who has painted the British royal family and Margaret Thatcher in person says his Christian faith “deepened” after completing a portrait of Benedict XVI. “It's absolutely deepened my faith,” Alexander Rice told CNA June 28. “If you paint someone who is extremely spiritual you have to empathize with that human being, and perhaps find part of them in yourself.” He … [Read more...]

Marriage rulings pose obstacle to Church teaching, bishop says

Rome, Italy, Jul 3, 2013 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions on gay marriage will make it harder for the Church to teach Americans about the nature of marriage, the archbishop of San Francisco has said.   “It’s going to be harder to teach this truth, which is very basic and obvious, that to form a marriage you need a man and a woman,” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone told CNA June 28. Despite this, “I’ve told people … [Read more...]

Slain Syrian priest remembered at Mass in Rome

Rome, Italy, Jul 3, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA).- Father Francois Mourad, a monk killed last week in the ongoing violence in Syria, is being prayed for and remembered at a Mass in Rome on July 4.The Mass, to be said by Bishop Matteo M. Zuppi, an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rome, will also intercede for peace in Syria. Bishop Zuppi will say the Mass on Thursday evening at the parish of Saints Fabian and Venancio.After the Mass, Fr. Ibrahim Alsabagh, a Franciscan of the Custody of the Holy … [Read more...]

Online video highlights Pope Francis’ vocational path

Rome, Italy, Jul 2, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- A new animated video in 15 different languages is helping Catholics and non-Catholics learn more about Pope Francis in a simple way.Entitled “Meet Pope Francis (in 4 minutes),” the video is posted on the website Catholic Link and recounts the Holy Father’s journey through the roles of priest, bishop, cardinal and Pope.It stresses his humility and simplicity, choosing to live in a small apartment, cooking his own meals and riding … [Read more...]

Ignoring human nature harms marriage, says cardinal

Rome, Italy, Jul 1, 2013 / 03:42 pm (CNA).- After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, an Italian cardinal said that recognizing gay unions as “marriages” ignores nature and may yield effects that cannot be entirely anticipated.“The fundamental structures of our existence would be overturned, with the destructive effects that we can imagine, but not entirely foresee,” Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general emeritus of the Diocese of … [Read more...]


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