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...]

Knights of Columbus to hold global prayer for Pope

Rome, Italy, May 29, 2012 / 01:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 35th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's episcopal ordination, the head of the Knights of Columbus has asked all 1.8 million members of the Catholic fraternal order to pray for the pontiff. “At this important moment in the history of the Church and in the life of Pope Benedict XVI, it isimportant that we commit ourselves in prayer and solidarity to our Holy Father in a special way," Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said May 28.He asked e … [Read more...]

Cardinal Schonborn: A faithful Catholic minority can re-convert Europe

Rome, Italy, May 26, 2012 / 06:03 am (CNA).- Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna believes the small but growing number of faithful Catholic families in Europe can win the continent back to the Christian faith. “I see our young, believing families with four or five or six or more children and how they live in the midst of this society – they are really the New Evangelization not through words, but through the fact of living the happiness of a believing family,” he told CNA May 14 in Rome. “We a … [Read more...]