Archbishop underscores beauty, joy of family life

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2014 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the official presentation of the upcoming World Day of Families in Rome, Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke of the importance of family life in society, and expressed his desire to strengthen it in the Church. “We in Pennsylvania are grateful to continue this great tradition of reaffirming the importance, the beauty, and the joy of Christian family life,” the archbishop expressed during a March 25 press conference announcing … [Read more...]

Pope Francis gaining interest of American publishing houses

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2014 / 02:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ words are grabbing the attention of American publishing houses as well of the U.S. bishops’ conference communications office, according to the Vatican Publishing House. “I would say that Pope Francis grabs a lot of interest in the world of publishers,” Fr. Giuseppe Costa, director of Libreria Editrice Vaticana – Vatican Publishing House – told CNA March 4. Libreria Editrice Vaticana is … [Read more...]

Vatican launches astronomy class for parish educators

Vatican City, Mar 24, 2014 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s Observatory has announced that for the first time it will be hosting a workshop analyzing the relationship of faith and astronomy for parish educators, which is slated to take place next spring. “We had done something similar to this only for bishops, held in Rome back in 1990. After nearly 25 years it was certainly time to try it again!” Br. Guy Consolmagno stated in comments made to CNA on March … [Read more...]

Pope: only the humble, marginalized ‘obtain salvation’

Vatican City, Mar 24, 2014 / 07:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis dedicated his reflections to the virtue of humility, explaining that only the “outcasts” who recognize their need of God know what it means to be saved. “Jesus tells us: ‘if you do not put yourself on the margins, if you don’t feel what it is to be an outcast, you will not obtain salvation,’” the Pope observed in his March 24 daily Mass. Addressing those … [Read more...]

Pope decries escalating violence in South Sudan

Vatican City, Mar 24, 2014 / 05:01 am (CNA).- In a letter sent to the archbishop of the South Sudanese capital Juba, Pope Francis urged the nation's citizens to find a peaceful solution to conflicts and to seek the common good over personal interests. Read aloud by Cardinal Peter Turkson during Sunday Mass, the March 23 letter addressed to Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro entreated all parties to “tirelessly seek peaceful solutions, enabling the common good to prevail over particular … [Read more...]

Upcoming day of reconciliation announced by Pope

Vatican City, Mar 23, 2014 / 06:38 am (CNA).- During his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis announced that March 28-29 would be “24 hours for the Lord,” during which people can find special opportunities for prayer and the sacrament of confession. “Next Friday and Saturday we will live a special moment of penance, called ‘24 hours for the Lord.’ It will begin with a (liturgical) Celebration in the Basilica of St. Peter’s (on) Friday afternoon, then in the evening … [Read more...]

Pope appoints Canon Law expert to Council for Economy

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2014 / 09:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today Pope Francis nominated an expert in the Church’s legal system as the new Prelate Secretary for the recently-created Council for the Economy.A press release on March 22 from the Holy See’s press office stated, “the Holy Father has nominated Msgr. Brian Ferme as Prelate Secretary of the Council for the Economy.”The British Monsignor has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law at Rome’s … [Read more...]