Holy See welcomes UN recognition of Palestine

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2012 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican "welcomed with favor" the U.N.'s vote to allow Palestine to become a non-member Observer State, and pressed for a permanent two-state solution.The statement came one day after the U.N.'s General Assembly voted resoundingly for the change on Nov. 29."The vote manifests the sentiment of the majority of the international community and recognizes a more significant presence for Palestinians within the … [Read more...]

Fixing economic crisis requires financial and moral truth, priest says

Rome, Italy, Nov 29, 2012 / 01:33 pm (CNA).- The solution to the ongoing economic troubles is to adopt a worldview that combines both economic and moral truths, Father Robert Sirico said as he presented his new book.Father Robert Sirico, co-founder of the Acton Institute think tank, introduced his book titled "Defending the Free Market: the Moral Case for a Free Economy" on Nov. 28 in Rome."I wrote the book because I was concerned that there's such a false set of … [Read more...]

Artist praises family as he receives Vatican award

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Artist David Lopez Ribes noted the importance of his wife and children in his life as he received the award in the category of painting from the Pontifical Academies at the Vatican. The Spanish father of six told CNA after the Nov. 21 event that although he does not have one particular masterpiece among his work, “if there were one, it would for sure be my family.” Lopez Ribes is a multidisciplinary artist devoted to … [Read more...]

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...]