Pope Benedict urges Christians to be ‘builders of peace’ in Middle East

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2012 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Only 48-hours before his Apostolic Visit to Lebanon begins, Pope Benedict XVI has called upon the Christians of the Middle East to help create peace in the troubled region. “I exhort all Christians of the Middle East, both those born there and the newly arrived, to be builders of peace and architects of reconciliation,” the Pope said at the conclusion of his General Audience at the Vatican Sept. 12. “Let us pray to … [Read more...]

Colombian bishops make Assisi pilgrimage to pray for peace

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of Pope Benedict's call for peace in Colombia, the country's bishops, who are in Rome for their ad limina visit, made a pilgrimage to the Church of St. Francis in Assisi to pray for reconciliation. For 25 years, the Bishops' Conference of Colombia has been encouraging Colombians to pray for peace, in their desire to see the country’s decades-long civil conflict come to an end.   On Monday, Benedict … [Read more...]

Our prayers are never wasted, Pope Benedict says

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2012 / 09:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI used his weekly General Audience to explain that there is no such thing as wasted prayer. “We can be sure that there is no such thing as a superfluous or useless prayer. No prayer is lost,” said the Pope to over 8,000 pilgrims in the Vatican’s Paul VI Audience Hall Sept. 12. “When faced with evil we often have the sensation that we can do nothing, but our prayers are in fact the first and most … [Read more...]

Vatican says Pope’s trip to Lebanon was never in doubt

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2012 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican says that Pope Benedict's apostolic visit to Lebanon Sept. 14-16 was never second-guessed, despite the civil war in neighboring Syria causing instability in the Middle East. “The completion of this trip has never been in question and it is a sign of willingness to go to this area as a sign of encouragement, support, and hope for peace in this context,” said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ at a press … [Read more...]

New Vatican recruit to help improve financial transparency

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2012 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has appointed a renowned Swiss lawyer to help it meet international standards of financial transparency, after a largely positive report by the European body that monitors such issues. “The time is ripe, not for a slackening of commitment, but for renewed efforts to respond to the report’s recommendations and ever more efficaciously pursue transparency and financial trustworthiness,” said Vatican spokesman … [Read more...]

‘Be opened’ sums up Christ’s mission, Pope says

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Sep 9, 2012 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says that the public ministry of Jesus Christ is encapsulated in one “small but very important” Aramaic word: “Ephphatha.” “‘Ephphatha – be opened,’ sums up Christ’s entire mission,” said the Pope in his midday Angelus address Sept. 9.  “He became man so that man, made inwardly deaf and dumb by sin, would become able to hear the voice of … [Read more...]

Vatican hopes Apple partnership will spread Pope’s message

Vatican City, Sep 8, 2012 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has teamed up with Apple to develop new hi-tech methods for communicating the works of Pope Benedict XVI to the world. “It represents an enormous step on the international stage because, as you know, internet goes beyond space and time,” said Father Giuseppe Costa, the director of the Vatican’s publishing house Libreria Editrice Vaticana. “The message of the Holy Father will now be received in every … [Read more...]

Don’t squander your faith, Pope urges young Churches

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2012 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says that the most newly evangelized parts of the world now have to pass on the gift of Jesus Christ which they have recently received. “The Church is born of the mission and grows with the mission,” the Pope said Sept. 7, adding that “the faith is a gift to be welcomed into our hearts and lives, one for which we must always thank the Lord. “But faith is donated in order to be shared; it is a … [Read more...]

Pope reflects on prayer in Book of the Apocalypse

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2012 / 11:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says the final book of the Bible, which he referred to as the Book of the Apocalypse, provides Christians with a vision of a Church fully in communion with Jesus Christ in prayer. “The Apocalypse presents us with a community gathered in prayer, because it is in prayer that we gain an increasing awareness of Jesus’s presence with us and within us,” the Pope said during his Sept. 5 general audience at the … [Read more...]

Vatican Museums visitors happy priests are present

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2012 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A month-long pilot project to make priests available within the Vatican Museums to offer spiritual counseling to visitors is being hailed a success. “There are so many themes that are spoken of. We might speak of art and faith or of economics and faith. Some people come to share their experiences or difficulties in their personal, professional or family lives,” said Father Isaac Vondoame, one of two priests who were available … [Read more...]