Malaysian court bars non-Muslims from using term ‘Allah’

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Oct 18, 2013 / 11:21 am (CNA).- An appeals court in Malaysia has prohibited non-Muslims from using the word “Allah” to refer to deities, even though it is the standard Malay term for “god.” The Oct. 14 ruling comes in a case relating to The Herald, the weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur. The court's verdict “violates the right to religious freedom and freedom of expression enshrined in the (Malaysian) … [Read more...]

After 30 years of growth, Vatican’s CTV looks to the future

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2013 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the anniversary celebrations of the Vatican's CTV network, leaders within the organization expressed great hopes for the future, and shared their vision of what it might hold. “Today, we're commemorating the 30 years of the Vatican Television Center but especially today we are commemorating the great family of the CTV,” Monsignor Dario Vigano told CNA in an Oct. 18 interview. The network's family, noted … [Read more...]

Elderly priests, sisters are ‘true shrines of holiness,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2013 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass homily Pope Francis reflected on various biblical figures who experienced difficulty in their old age, and encouraged those present not to forget the elderly. The Pope directed his reflections to those gathered in the Santa Marta guesthouse of the Vatican on Oct. 18 for his daily Mass, centering his thoughts upon the latter lives of Moses, John the Baptist and Saint Paul. These three figures, he noted, remind him … [Read more...]

Vatican’s CTV marks 30 years of service to the Church

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2013 / 05:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's leading television network commemorated the 30th anniversary of their foundation by hosting a symposium in Rome in which many experts in television broadcasting were present. For the Vatican Television Center, this is “an age of full maturity,” Archbishop Claudio Celli told a group of journalists at the event, “it's not a time to look back on what we've done but it's a time to look … [Read more...]

Beauty, art have crucial role in evangelization, priest reflects

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benefactors of the Vatican Museums who have recently gathered in Rome stressed that art is pivotal in the task of bringing God to secular society. “A message given by the artist which many times is a very strong religious, theological message can then penetrate into the soul,” Fr. Mark Haydu told CNA in an Oct. 17 interview. Fr. Haydu is the international director of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums – a … [Read more...]

Do not reduce the faith to ‘moralistic’ ideology, Pope warns

Rome, Italy, Oct 17, 2013 / 09:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass homily Pope Francis reflected on the dangers of following one's own personal, “moralistic” ideology, stressing the importance of prayer in staying open to God. If a Christian “becomes a disciple of ideology,” noted Pope Francis during his Oct. 17 daily Mass, “he has lost the faith.” Pope Francis offered his words to those who were gathered with him in the chapel at the … [Read more...]

Franciscan reform seen in Papal Charities office appointment

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' Oct. 12 appointment of Monsignor Diego Ravelli as office chief of the Office of Papal Charities rounds out the bureau which delivers charity to the poor in the name of the Roman Pontiff. Already on Aug. 3, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, a priest of the Lódz diocese in Poland, was appointed head of the office, or almoner. Traditionally, the pontifical almoner sends parchments with the Papal blessing to those who … [Read more...]


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