Pope: Neglect of human dignity causes ‘practical atheism’

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2013 / 02:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday afternoon Pope Francis met with members of an international organization that promotes human dignity, warning them against a “false model” of humanity.“Unfortunately, in our time, so full of so many hopes and achievements, there are powers and forces that end up producing a ‘throw-away culture’; and this tends to become a common mentality,”  said the pontiff on Dec. 7. “The … [Read more...]

Pope says early Christians a model for ‘digital age’ Church

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2013 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today Pope Francis met with members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity who had gathered to discuss the theme, “Announcing Christ in the digital age.”“The internet is a widespread reality, complex and in continual evolution, and its development re-proposes the ever-present question of the relationship between faith and culture,” the Pope said Dec. 7 to the participants of the council’s 26th plenary … [Read more...]

Vatican group for minors’ protection may work with Jesuit center

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2013 / 01:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church's latest step toward the prevention of the sexual abuse of minors is the newly-announced Vatican commission, which is expected to collaborate with the Jesuit-run Centre for Child Protection. “The task of the new commission will be greater than what the Centre for Child Protection would ever be able to realize,” the center's president, Fr. Hans Zollner, told CNA Dec. 6. “We take care of delivering a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis lauds Mandela’s creation of a ‘new South Africa’

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2013 / 11:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Pope Francis issued a letter offering condolences to his family and praising the politician’s commitment to promoting human dignity. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the South African revolutionary who headed the country’s anti-apartheid movement, fighting to replace it with a multiracial democracy, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the age of 95 in his Johannesburg … [Read more...]

Mandela’s legacy is one of ‘reconciliation,’ priest says

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2013 / 05:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of the passing of Nelson Mandela, spokesman for South Africa’s Episcopal Conference lauded his political achievements, stating that he will be remembered most for his work in fostering unity.The political legacy of Mandela can be described in “one word: reconciliation,” Fr. Similo Mngadi told CNA in a Dec. 6 interview.“He made you feel human, and want to be human.”Nelson Mandela, the South … [Read more...]

Book on Vatican art walks a course of spiritual exercises

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The director of the Vatican Museums' art patrons program has authored “Meditations on Vatican Art,” a collection of images of beautiful works accompanying the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. “Obviously you can't exhaust the richness of the Spiritual Exercises in this book, because his was 30 days in silence, with one on one preaching, but you always can get a first step into the mystery of the retreat … [Read more...]

Christian words without Christ bring ‘madness,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2013 / 02:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily on Dec. 5, Pope Francis reflected that the words and actions of a Christian must be centered on Jesus, or they will be empty, leading to division and the “madness of pride.” “A Christian word without Christ at its center leads to vanity, to pride, power for the sake of power,” said the Pontiff during Mass at the Vatican’s Casa Santa Martha. “And the Lord knocks these people down. … [Read more...]