Pope, Queen enjoy casual tea during first meeting

Vatican City, Apr 3, 2014 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although short, the April 3 encounter between Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth in the Vatican has been described as cordial and informal, during which the two exchanged gifts and casual conversation. Taking place in the papal office of the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, the official tea between the Bishop of Rome and the British Monarch came after the Queen’s lunch with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, and lasted only 17 … [Read more...]

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New Bible exhibit evangelizes through history of scripture

Vatican City, Apr 3, 2014 / 05:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Featuring ancient biblical artifacts from all over the world, the Verbum Domini II exhibition has officially opened at the Vatican, and is something organizers hope will inspire faith in those who come. “It shows that the transmission of God’s word is real. It shows the amazing impact of the Bible,” the Museum of the Bible’s Chief Operating Officer Cary Summers told CNA on during a March 28 interview. The Museum … [Read more...]

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Vatican Radio releases digital archive of papal voices

Vatican City, Apr 3, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican Radio presented Tuesday its digital archive of “The Voice of the Popes,” a collection of more than 8,000 audio recordings of every Pope since Pius XI which makes their message more easily accessible. “This is moving; this initiative of Vatican Radio has made me very happy that we can listen to their discourses,” said Cardinal Giovanni Re, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Bishops, in an interview … [Read more...]

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Holy See currently refraining from mediation in Venezuelan violence

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2014 / 01:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See press officer Fr. Federico Lombardi explained Tuesday that the Vatican is considering mediation in Venezuela's lethal protests, but will take time and care in doing so. “There is a need to better explore the perspective and the basis through which the Holy See may be useful to reconciliation in Venezuela,” he said April 1. Student protests began across the nation's cities early in February, but … [Read more...]

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Priest who survived labor camp recalls suffering as gift

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2014 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor Matthew Koo recounted being detained in a Chinese labor camp for thirty years due to his Marian devotion, noting that although the experience was painful there were also many blessings. “Oh, I thought that sacrifice is God's gift. People say that 'you suffered a lot,' I said if not to suffer, how could I be here?” the priest said in a March 17 interview with CNA. Msgr. Koo is originally from Shanghai … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: married couples are an icon of God’s love

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2014 / 04:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis closed his catechesis on the sacraments by reflecting on the vocation of marriage, noting that the marital couple is a unique example of divine love in the world. “Married couples carry out this vocation in a full and definitive communion of life. As ‘one flesh,’ they become living icons of God’s love in our world, building up the Church in unity and fidelity,” the … [Read more...]

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Methol Ferré: the philosopher who inspired Pope Francis

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “The Pope and the Philosopher,” a book-interview with Alberto Methol Ferré -- an Uruguayan philosopher who influenced Jorge Bergoglio -- has been recently reprinted in Spanish and Italian. “At the origin of Bergoglio's view of the world today there stands above all a philosopher. His name is Alberto Methol Ferré,” Vaticanista Sandro Magister wrote March 31 in L'Espresso. “An Uruguayan … [Read more...]

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