Pope urges support for children affected by AIDS

Vatican City, Nov 28, 2012 / 12:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict is lending his support to combatting HIV/AIDS, with a special focus on advocating for children who receive the disease from their mothers. "My thoughts turn in particular to the large number of children who contract the virus from their mothers each year, despite the treatments which exist to prevent its transmission," said the Pope at the end of his Nov. 28 general audience. As he looked ahead to the … [Read more...]

Pope counsels parents to share faith with joy, dialogue

Vatican City, Nov 28, 2012 / 10:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sharing the faith with children and others should be done in a joyful, clear and simple manner, Pope Benedict said at the Wednesday general audience. "In our time, a special place to talk about God is the family, the first school to communicate the faith to new generations," Pope Benedict said Nov. 28 in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. He delivered his remarks, which are part of an ongoing weekly series on faith, to … [Read more...]

Pope names holiness, unity and peace as cardinals’ mission

Vatican City, Nov 27, 2012 / 12:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI met with six new cardinals and their families, just two days after they made their vows, and encouraged them to promote the “holiness, communion and peace of the Church.” The Pope addressed the gathering at noon on Nov. 26 in the Pope Paul VI Hall. He first greeted American Cardinal Harvey, Indian Cardinal Thottunkal, Nigerian Cardinal Onaiyekan and Filipino Cardinal Tagle in English, before addressing … [Read more...]

New cardinals excited, honored at elevation by Pope

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2012 / 11:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The six new cardinals from various parts of the globe shared their excitement after making their vows to Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines said that being made a cardinal has made him feel “excited and tired,” as well as a bit stunned. Pope Benedict swore-in the cardinals at a Nov. 24 consistory at which the men promised to praise God and be faithful to the … [Read more...]

Church responsible for spreading Christ’s kingdom, Pope recalls

Vatican City, Nov 25, 2012 / 08:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After he celebrated Mass with six new cardinals for the feast of Christ the King, Pope Benedict spoke about God's kingdom and the Church’s role in making it present in the world.  "The whole mission of Jesus and the content of his message consists in proclaiming the Kingdom of God and its practical application in the midst of men with signs and wonders," he said on the feast of Christ the King. "But, as … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict creates six non-European cardinals

Vatican City, Nov 24, 2012 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI presided over the creation of six new cardinals Nov. 24, and in a unusual occurrence, none of them were European. The consistory took place at 11 a.m. on Saturday in St. Peter’s Basilica and involved bishops from the United States, Lebanon, India, Nigeria, Colombia and the Philippines. During the ceremony, the men all received rings from the Pope and made vows to him. Pope Benedict XVI asked the new cardinals to … [Read more...]

Vatican nativity set might include animals not at Jesus’ birth

Vatican City, Nov 23, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has started construction on its annual nativity set in St. Peter's Square, and the display is expected to include a few animals that may not have been at Jesus' birth. The Pope said in his third book on the life of Christ, "Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives," released Nov. 21, that the ox and the donkey, regularly included in nativity scenes, are not mentioned in the gospels. But they are included … [Read more...]


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