Vatican official thinks Philadelphia meeting will be key for families

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2013 / 02:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Vatican council for the family believes that the 2015 gathering in Philadelphia will be an important moment for the U.S. and the world as it considers the role and meaning of the family in society."I believe that the world encounter in Philadelphia will be a very important moment, not only for the United States, but for the whole world," predicted Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council … [Read more...]

Pope: Proclaim God’s love with boldness

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2013 / 06:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday asked Christians to proclaim God’s love with “boldness, humility and coherence” like Jesus.“Let us ask the Lord to give each of us a spirit of courage and wisdom, so that in our words and actions, we may proclaim the saving truth of God’s love with boldness, humility and coherence,” said Pope Benedict in his remarks after the Sunday Angelus prayer.“Jesus did not come … [Read more...]

Pope’s Lent message: charity is extension of God’s love

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2013 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI's message for Lent is that when people are open to God’s love, then they can “love with him, in him and like him.”"When we make room for the love of God, then we become like him, sharing in his own charity," said the Pope in his annual message for Lent."If we open ourselves to his love, we allow him to live in us and to bring us to love with him, in him and like him," said the … [Read more...]

New Vatican vocations booklet mobilizes spiritual support

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA).- The latest edition of a Vatican magazine aimed at increasing priestly vocations and encouraging the spiritual adoption of priests has been released in English."We need to pray hard for vocations and to support priests around the world," said Monsignor Richard R. Soseman from the Congregation for the Clergy."That's why we pushed so hard to have this book published, and we're so pleased that it finally has been," he … [Read more...]

Pope gives new cardinals their Curia positions

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2013 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The newest cardinals in the Church received their secondary assignments today from Pope Benedict XVI, indicating how he best thinks they can contribute to his ministry. The new posts for the men, who were elevated to the rank of cardinal on Nov. 24, 2012 were announced in a Jan. 31 Vatican communiqué. During the ceremony in which the Pope made them cardinals, he told them, “from now on, you will be even more closely and … [Read more...]

Pope says Biblical view of God can help fatherhood crisis

Vatican City, Jan 30, 2013 / 08:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI said the Bible can help clarify the true meaning of being a father during his general audience today. "Despite the crisis of fatherhood in many societies, the Scriptures show us clearly what it means to call God 'Father,'" he said Jan. 30 at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall. "For those who have had the experience of an overly authoritarian and inflexible father, or an indifferent, uncaring, or … [Read more...]

Pope’s World Day of the Sick message in Arabic for first time

Rome, Italy, Jan 29, 2013 / 01:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is having his message for this year's World Day of the Sick published in Arabic for the very first time."The Holy Father probably wants to transmit a message on this day to the Syrian people because it's the first time that his message will be published in Arabic," said Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers.The Pope's … [Read more...]