God is a God of surprises, Pope Francis preaches

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2014 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking of the “God of surprises” in his homily at Mass on Monday, the Holy Father noted the unfortunate inability of the doctors of the law who encountered Christ to receive his message. “Because these doctors of the law did not understand the signs of the times they asked for an extraordinary sign ((which) Jesus later gave them),” Pope Francis said Oct. 13 during his Mass said at the St. Martha guesthouse … [Read more...]

Pope Francis charges Christians – lose comfort, go to peripheries

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2014 / 12:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis said that God does not discriminate about who is invited to his banquet, and called on Christians to abandon their comforts and go toward the marginalized. “We are all called not to reduce the Kingdom of God to the confines of our ‘little churches,’ but to dilate the Church to the dimensions of the Kingdom of God,” the pontiff said before his Oct. 12 recitation of the … [Read more...]

Highways, byways and sinners: these are the missionary fields

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2014 / 04:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of two Canadian saints Pope Francis said that a true missionary goes out of himself, boldly bringing God’s message of love to all without distinction. “Missionaries are those who, in docility to the Holy Spirit, have the courage to live the Gospel…they have gone out to call everyone, in the highways and byways of the world,” the Pope said in his Oct. 12 homily. The … [Read more...]

Americans help moderate synod discussions

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2014 / 03:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Synod of Bishops has begun breaking into small discussion groups, with Americans Cardinal Raymond Burke and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz serving as two moderators of the first round of discussions. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said that the  bishops in the small groups will provide input drawn “from their pastoral experience.” The discussions mark a new phase in the extraordinary synod, meeting from Oct. 5-19 … [Read more...]

Sheer ‘barbarism’ against Middle East families must end

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2014 / 03:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Synod of Bishops on Friday denounced “barbaric” violence in the Middle East, saying the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt offers a sign of hope and reconciliation for all families suffering due to armed conflict. “We join with the Holy Father Francis in emphasizing that no one may use the name of God to commit violence, and that to kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege,” the Oct. 10 message … [Read more...]

Who leads the fight against gay discrimination in Nigeria? The Catholic Church, prelate says

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2014 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in Nigeria has been at the forefront in fighting discrimination towards persons with same-sex attraction, says Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, who adds that media coverage of the Church has been imbalanced. In one of the strongest statements made about homosexuality during the first week of the Synod on the Family, the Nigerian prelate told the press on Oct. 8 that “the Catholic Church respects all human … [Read more...]

Teen Malala’s Nobel prize sparks pride in Pakistani bishop

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Malala Yousafzai has received the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 – making her the youngest ever recipient of the prestigious award and prompting local Archbishop Joseph Coutts to laud the “great honor” she's bestowed on the country. The Pakistani teenager gained global attention when she was shot in the head by Taliban activists in 2012, at the age of 14, as a punishment for her public campaign for the … [Read more...]