Vatican official hopes legal dialogue will help persecuted Christians

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2013 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Church celebrates the 30th anniversary of canon law, legal experts at the Vatican are continuing their push for dialogue with their counterparts in other countries, hoping that these talks could reduce the hostility Christians are experiencing worldwide. "Right now the Holy See is engaging in many different levels with world governments," reported Father Cuong M. Pham, an official at the Pontifical Council for … [Read more...]

Pope examines society’s acceptance of unstable relationships

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2013 / 03:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As he spoke to the Church’s highest court, which often deals with issues related to marriage, Pope Benedict highlighted the growing acceptance of instability in relationships.Contemporary culture “poses serious challenges to the person and the family,” he began, underscoring that it calls into question “the very capacity of human beings to bond themselves to another and whether a union that lasts an entire life is … [Read more...]

Vatican Rosary begins live broadcast

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2013 / 10:38 am (CNA).- The Vatican is now broadcasting the Rosary live every weekday from St. Peter's Square. The Vatican television outlet CTV and the Catholic internet portal Aleteia are broadcasting "A Moment with Mary," which is being held Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. outside St. Peter's Basilica. "We really want to bring the prayer to the people and enable the people all around the world to bring themselves closer to the heart of the … [Read more...]

Pope stunned by Brazilian night club tragedy

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2013 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is shocked at the deaths of 233 people at a Brazilian night club on Sunday and is praying for the wounded and the families and friends of those who passed away. In a telegram sent to Archbishop Helio Adelar Rubert of the Santa Maria Archdiocese, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said that the Pope is "shocked by the tragic death of hundreds of young people" and offers his "deepest … [Read more...]

Liturgy teaches us to hear God’s voice, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Jan 27, 2013 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told thousands gathered in St. Peter's square Jan. 27 that marking Sunday as a day of rest and engaging in the liturgy can teach us to listen to the voice of God. “Before we can speak of God and with God, we need to listen, and the liturgy of the Church is the 'school' of this listening to the Lord who speaks to us,” he said during his weekly Angelus address. Exploring the day's reading … [Read more...]

Vatican health official urges charity for leprosy sufferers

Vatican City, Jan 26, 2013 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Anticipating the 60th World Leprosy Day, the head of the Vatican council for health care workers encouraged Christians to intensify their love and service to those afflicted with the disease. “This event constitutes for all Christians...a valuable opportunity to relaunch their efforts in favor of those who are directly afflicted by Mycobacterium Leprae or are indirectly affected by it,” Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president … [Read more...]

Pope transfers responsibility for catechesis, seminaries

Vatican City, Jan 25, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict has written two new directives modifying the departments in the Roman Curia which are responsible for catechesis and the formation of priests throughout the Church. The Pope gave the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization the task of “caring for...the relevant instrument of evangelization that the Catechism, along with catechetical teaching in all its diverse forms, represents for the Church in order … [Read more...]


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