Pope: Word of God strengthens us in moments of temptation

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2014 / 11:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Feb. 18 stressed that the Word of God “opens the horizon” and saves Christians from the temptation that “closes us in.” “When we are tempted, only the Word of God, the Word of Jesus saves us,” he said in his homily at the morning Mass at his Casa Santa Marta residence. The Pope said that Jesus Christ is “always willing to teach us how to escape from … [Read more...]

New Catholic college seeks to reshape education in UK

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2014 / 06:18 am (CNA).- A co-founder of Benedictus College has expressed her hope that their education style, inspired by the writings of Bl. John Henry Newman, will help to change the face of higher education in Europe. “No one’s tried to do anything like this in the UK before,” Dr. Clare Hornsby told CNA in a Feb. 17 interview, emphasizing that “our offer will be a unique one.” Benedictus is a university-college that Dr. Hornsby … [Read more...]

Israelis look forward to Pope’s Holy Land visit, rabbi says

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a meeting of Jewish leaders with Pope Francis last week, a rabbi involved in interreligious dialogue said the Pope’s upcoming trip to the Holy Land will surely be a success. “Everybody -- whether Jordanians, Palestinians or Israelis -- is so excited and ready to welcome him that no matter how short his visit is, it's a guaranteed success,” said David Rosen, director of interreligious affairs at the … [Read more...]

Bishop affirms that traditional Mass unites Church in worship

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2014 / 12:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent interview, Archbishop Arthur Roche spoke on the significance of the Traditional Latin Mass, explaining that the Mass nourishes us, and that the special rite brings us together in a unique way. “It’s a common language, as it were, that brings us together, that holds us together,” the archbishop noted during a Feb. 13 interview with CNA, adding that “the Latin Mass…is a beautiful expression of … [Read more...]

Be patient even in the midst of trials, Pope encourages

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2014 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis emphasized that God is not a “sorcerer” who does what we want, but rather has a plan that we should wait for with patience even when we face challenges. “God does not behave like a sorcerer, God has his own way of proceeding. And God is patient,” the Pope said during Mass on Feb. 17, adding that “when we endure trials with faith they ripen our lives.” Pope Francis … [Read more...]

Council of cardinals begin third set of reform meetings

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2014 / 08:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Meeting for the third time since its institution, the council of eight cardinals has reconvened in Rome to address the economic affairs of the Holy See, and will continue their discussions over the next three days. The council, chosen by Pope Francis to advise him on matters of church governance and curia reform, will be meeting Feb. 17 – 19, following an initial meeting in October, and a second in December. During a Feb. 17 … [Read more...]

Encyclopedia acknowledges fetal pain as a scientific fact

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2014 / 04:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new chapter published by Dr. Carlo Bellieni in a prestigious German encyclopedia explores the topic of fetal pain, stating that it is a proven fact that the unborn are able to feel pain, even as early as 20 weeks. “Fetuses can feel pain. Now we should define it better, but it is a scientific matter of fact,” Dr. Bellini explained in a Feb. 14 interview with CNA. “We still do not know the exact moment since when the … [Read more...]