The Synod on the Family: a look beyond the media hype

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the media centers upon the question of whether the Church will change its teaching regarding reception of the Eucharist by those living in complex situations, there is a danger that many of the other, no less significant, issues may be falling to the wayside. Duly titled “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” the aim of this extraordinary synod, set for Oct. 5-19, is to examine how to best … [Read more...]

Be like children – believe in your guardian angel, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2014 / 07:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily Mass to be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companion.” The doctrine of the angels, the Holy Father stressed, is not imaginary, but “reality.” Citing what Jesus has said, “I send an angel before you to protect you, to accompany you along the path, so that you do not make … [Read more...]

‘I can’t find the words to say’ – Pope Francis hails surviving migrants

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a private audience between Pope Francis and the survivors and family members of the 368 migrants who perished in a tragic shipwreck last fall, the pontiff asked the world to be open to those who suffer. “I feel things that I can't tell you because I can't find the words to say them,” the Pope said during the Oct. 1 encounter. “All that you have suffered should be contemplated in silence, crying and looking for … [Read more...]

Cardinal Pell’s secretariat continues economic reform at the Vatican

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Secretariat for the Economy is developing a financial management manual which is to be the basis of budgeting and accounting operations in 2015 for Vatican agencies. “To support the new budgeting and financial management practices being developed under the supervision of the Council, the Secretariat is preparing a manual of key financial management policies,” read a Sept. 26 internal bulletin from the economy … [Read more...]

Vatican media reform committee to make first proposals by Easter

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2014 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Having met for the first time last week, the committee to reform the Vatican's media and communications will continue to formulate its proposals, being able to present them by Easter of 2015. In an interview granted to Vatican Radio Sept. 24, Chris Patten, who chairs the committee, emphasized that the Church’s resources must be “spent as effectively as possible” to communicate its unique message of “healing, … [Read more...]

Iraqi couple finds courage in a Pope who suffers with them

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2014 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An elderly couple who lost everything after fleeing their home due to ISIS violence met with Pope Francis on Sunday, saying the encounter gave them hope because they know they are not alone. “The call of the Holy Father for the whole world to pray for Iraq has meant a lot to us because in this call we have seen and heard the suffering of the Holy Father due to the persecution of Christians, especially in Iraq,” Mubarack Hano … [Read more...]

Apostolic nuncios to Middle East will discuss aid, response to terrorists

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2014 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis and Vatican officials are due to meet this week with the nuncios to seven Middle Eastern nations to discuss responses to the Islamic State, and in particular how to provide humanitarian aid to displaced persons. The summit will be held at the Vatican Oct. 2-4. On Tuesday, Holy See press officer Fr. Federico Lombardi indicated the summit will include the State Secretariat, the Holy See's representatives to the UN in New … [Read more...]