Pope urges faithful to pray for the grace of dying in hope

Vatican City, Feb 6, 2014 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis reflected on the moment of our death, remarking on the beauty of dying in unity with the Church and inviting the faithful to reflect on what legacy they will leave behind. “Trusting God begins now, in the small things in life, but also in great problems: always trusting the Lord! And so one makes this habit of trusting in the Lord and hope grows. To die at home, to die in hope,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

Women’s rights activist among ‘Top 10′ of Vatican magazine

Vatican City, Feb 6, 2014 / 03:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reggie Littlejohn, known for her work opposing forced abortion and gendercide in China, has been named as one of “Inside the Vatican’s” “Top 10 People of 2013” for her heroic efforts in helping women. “This honor came as a complete shock to me.  I did not even know that I was being considered for this,” Littlejohn told CNA in a Feb. 5 interview, adding that “It’s a bit … [Read more...]

UN versus Holy See on human sexuality, gender theory

Vatican City, Feb 6, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More than an indictment of the Church’s handling of child sex abuse, the report of the U.N. child rights committee on the Holy See seems meant to pressure the Church to change its teaching on human sexuality. The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child issues periodic reports on the implementation of the organization's Convention on the Rights of the Child in signatory countries. On Wednesday it made available its Jan. 31 … [Read more...]

Vatican official slams ‘negative approach’ of UN report

Vatican City, Feb 5, 2014 / 11:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of the U.N. Child Protection Committee criticizing Vatican policies and calling for the Church to change its doctrine, a leading archbishop countered that the committee's analysis fails to be objective. “The concluding recommendations…point out a rather negative approach to what the Holy See has been doing and has already achieved in the area of the protection of children,” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told … [Read more...]

The Eucharist gives us a taste of heaven, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Feb 5, 2014 / 04:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the significance of the Sacrament of the Eucharist, explaining that it is a banquet which reminds us of the eternal life that is yet to come. “The Eucharist configures us in a unique and profound way with Jesus,” the Pope noted in his Feb. 5 general audience, “renewing our heart, our existence, and our relationship with Him and with our brothers, and gives us a foretaste … [Read more...]

Samurai’s cause for beatification forwarded to Rome

Vatican City, Feb 5, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Takayama Ukon, a 16th-century samurai who faced exile rather than giving up his Catholic faith, is being considered for sainthood because of his fidelity to Christ and his Church. The Japanese bishops’ conference submitted a 400-page application for Takayama’s beatification to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints last year. Takayama’s life is an example of “a great fidelity to the Christian vocation, … [Read more...]

God is a father who never disowns his children, Pope affirms

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2014 / 12:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis compared the love of God to the two fathers in the day's readings, saying that God is a parent who “weeps” for his children and desires them to be close to him. “This is the heart of a father, who never disowns his own son,” the Pope said in his Feb. 4 Mass, referring to the Old Testament account of David's sadness at hearing of the death of his son. Using this image of … [Read more...]