Cardinal Bertone steps down from role as Vatican Secretary of State

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2013 / 07:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Updated on Oct. 15, 2013 at 5:44 p.m. Rome time: a Vatican source told CNA that Archbishop Parolin was absent from the ceremony due to appendicitis.In a farewell ceremony held at the Vatican, former state secretary Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone stepped down from the position – which will soon be filled by his successor, Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin. During the short Oct. 15 event, which was held in the library of the … [Read more...]

Women are the world’s ‘pragmatic responders,’ leader says

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2013 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Vatican conference on the topic “God entrusts the human being to the woman,” global female experts discussed the role of women in working towards restoring the dignity of the human person. “Women are pragmatic responders,” said Vicki Thorn, founder of the U.S.-based Project Rachel post-abortion healing outreach, who likened her work with victims of abortion to that of a “field hospital.” Women … [Read more...]

Pope warns against ‘Jonah syndrome’ of the pharisees

Rome, Italy, Oct 14, 2013 / 09:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis examined Christ's interaction with the pharisees in the day's Gospel reading, stressing that pious works without love are empty.During the Oct. 10 liturgy at St. Martha's residence, the Pope centered his reflections on the “Sign of Jonah,” which Jesus refers to in Luke's Gospel narrative.He noted that when Jesus speaks of the “wicked generation,” he is not … [Read more...]

Pakistan bishop says attacks on Christians fueled by politics

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2013 / 06:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid recent violence against Christians in Pakistan, a leading bishop says that the attacks are deeply rooted in the political situation of the country and how it relates to both the West and surrounding areas. Bishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi interprets the terrorist bombing in late September of a Christian church in Peshawar which killed nearly 100 people as a retaliative move against the U.S. military. The group that claimed … [Read more...]

Pope praises ‘total love’ of Spanish martyrs

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2013 / 09:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus remarks in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis thanked God for the 522 priest, religious and lay martyrs who were newly beatified in Spain.“We praise the Lord for this their courageous testimony, and we beg for their intercession in freeing the world from every violence,” said Pope Francis.The martyrs were killed for their faith during the Spanish civil war of the 1930s. They join hundreds of … [Read more...]

Thank your family, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2013 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday preached about the importance of gratitude and thankfulness for the Christian community and for family life.“If we can realize that everything is God’s gift, how happy will our hearts be! Everything is his gift. He is our strength!” he told the crowd of about 150,000 gathered for Mass in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 13. “Saying ‘thank you’ is such an easy thing, and yet … [Read more...]

Pope entrusts world to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2013 / 11:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday entrusted the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to her maternal care before the image of Our Lady of Fatima, asking Mary’s help to “revive and grow faith.”“Our Lady of Fatima, with renewed gratitude for your maternal presence, we join our voice to that of all the generations that have called you blessed,” Pope Francis said at the close of Mass in St. Peter’s Square Oct. … [Read more...]