Pope: Prayer helps ‘overcome evil with good’

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2013 / 07:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis in his Sunday Angelus greeting taught that prayer is a ‘weapon’ in the struggle against evil.“Above all, persevering prayer is an expression of faith in a God who calls us to fight with him, every day, every moment, to overcome evil with good,” Pope Francis said Oct. 20 to an enthusiastic crowd in St. Peter’s Square.We do not pray to convince God “by the force of our words,” he … [Read more...]

Pope: Art expresses the beauty of faith

Vatican City, Oct 19, 2013 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The creative arts help proclaim the gospel, explore the mysteries of Christian faith and reflect the quest for the “supreme beauty” found in God, Pope Francis has said.“In every age the Church has called upon the arts to give expression to the beauty of her faith and to proclaim the gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation, the dignity of human beings made in his image and likeness, and the power of … [Read more...]

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...]