God holds the ‘heart of mankind’ in his hand, Pope says

Milan, Italy, Jun 5, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA).- At the conclusion of a lunch with Church leaders in Milan on June 3, Pope Benedict XVI said that despite the hostility Catholics face worldwide, God holds the faithful close to himself. “If from time to time we may think that the Ship of Peter is at the mercy of ruthless adversaries, it is also true that we see that the Lord is present,” the Pope said. “He is alive, he truly rose again and holds the government of the world and the heart of mankind in … [Read more...]

St. John Vianney relic headed to England for first time

Shrewsbury, England, Jun 5, 2012 / 11:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury is asking Catholics to make a pilgrimage to venerate the heart of Saint John Vianney when it arrives in England for the first time ever. “I would regard this visit as a success if only a handful of people are invited to deeper prayer, to a more serious consideration of their vocation and are inspired by the example of one of the greatest saints in our history,” Bishop Davies said in a six-minute vi … [Read more...]

Pope: The married family can change the world

Milan, Italy, Jun 3, 2012 / 08:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has told the 7th World Meeting of Families in Milan that the family based upon marriage can revolutionize modern society for the better. “Your vocation is not easy to live, especially today, but the vocation to love is a wonderful thing, it is the only force that can truly transform the world,” he said during his homily to almost 1 million pilgrims gathered in Milan’s Bresso Park on June 3. Pope Benedict was concluding a thr … [Read more...]

Pope calls family the foundation of a new Christian culture

Milan, Italy, Jun 1, 2012 / 07:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI began his visit to Milan for the 7th World Meeting of Families by challenging the northern Italian city to create a future built upon the Christian family.  “Faith in Jesus Christ, who died and rose for us, who is living among us, must animate the entire fabric of your life, personal and communal, private and public, so as to enable a stable and authentic 'well-being' beginning with the family,” he told enthusiastic cr … [Read more...]

Sainthood cause for young Spanish catechist moves forward

Madrid, Spain, May 31, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The diocesan phase has concluded for the sainthood cause of Rebeca Rocamora, a Spanish catechist who died in 1996 at the age of 20 after a long illness and was known for her tireless service to others. The announcement was made on Pentecost Sunday by Bishop Rafael Palmero of Orihuela-Alicante at the parish of St. Peter the Apostle in Granja de Rocamora, where Rebeca was baptized in 1975. Her family and many of her friends were in … [Read more...]

Cardinal Scola sees signs of revival in Christian family life

Rome, Italy, May 31, 2012 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eve of Pope Benedict’s visit to the 7th World Meeting of Families in Milan, the city’s archbishop believes there are real signs of hope that Christian family life is undergoing a revival. “I think that the signs are not few,” Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan told CNA on May 31. “It is enough to look at the reality that still today the great majority of parents and grandparents want what is technically called ‘Christian initiation,’ that … [Read more...]

Global event hails family as solution to modern crises

Madrid, Spain, May 29, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Over 3,000 participants at the sixth annual World Congress of Families in Madrid, Spain issued a declaration calling the family essential in solving present-day crises. “We assert that the lasting solutions to human problems, including the current economic crisis, come from families and from small communities,” reads the statement titled, the Declaration of Madrid. Ignacio Arsuaga, president of the civil rights organization Hazteoir.org, t … [Read more...]