Pope calls faith, reason dialogue essential to human freedom

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2012 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI said cooperation between science and faith is necessary for world peace and man's destiny, as he addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences this morning. “I am convinced of the urgent need for continued dialogue and cooperation between the worlds of science and of faith in the building of a culture of respect for man, for human dignity and freedom, for the future of our human family and for the long-term … [Read more...]

Pope reflects on finding faith in a secular world

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2012 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of teachings on faith by observing that although secularism is on the rise, everyone has a desire for God, and this can be seen in the experience of love. “Even in today’s secularized society, this desire for God continues to make itself felt, above all in the experience of love,” he told thousands of pilgrims assembled in St. Peter’s Square for the Nov. 7 general … [Read more...]

Pope cancels delegation to Syria, focuses on aid work

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2012 / 12:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A delegation of bishops from the recent synod on the New Evangelization will not go to Syria as violence continues to ravage the country, Pope Benedict XVI announced Nov. 7. “As a sign of my own solidarity and that of the whole Church for the Syrian people, as well as our spiritual closeness to the Christian communities in that country, I had hoped to send” a delegation, the Pope said. The delegation would have consisted of … [Read more...]

Colombia asks Pope to bless peace talks with rebel group

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Colombia's new ambassador to the Holy See has asked Pope Benedict to give his blessing to the peace talks begun in October between the Colombian government and the Marxist rebel group FARC. “In the name of our President Juan Manuel Santos and the Colombian people, I ask for your Apostolic Blessing upon Colombian for the peace talks,” Ambassador German Cardona Gutierrez Cardona said to the Pope during an official ceremony … [Read more...]

Americas saint’s feast a time for prayer, evangelization

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2012 / 06:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official called Nov. 5 “an occasion of prayer” and renewed evangelization efforts, as the day marks the feast of Saint Emeric, a patron saint of the Americas. “It's a time to thank our Lord for the great blessings he has bestowed not just on the United States but upon all the Americas, and to pray for the future – for the re-evangelization of our own United states, of North America and certainly South … [Read more...]

Vatican computer technician goes on trial over press leaks

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2012 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite his lawyer’s appeal to drop the case on the opening morning of hearings, a Vatican judge ruled that the trial for the second man accused in the so-called Vatileaks scandal will continue. Claudio Sciarpelletti, the Vatican Secretariat of State’s computer programmer, is accused of aiding and abetting the Pope’s former butler, Paolo Gabriele, in stealing documents from Benedict XVI. Senior Vatican communications … [Read more...]

Vatican computer technician goes on trial over press leaks

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2012 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite his lawyer’s appeal to drop the case on the opening morning of hearings, a Vatican judge ruled that the trial for the second man accused in the so-called Vatileaks scandal will continue. Claudio Sciarpelletti, the Vatican Secretariat of State’s computer programmer, is accused of aiding and abetting the Pope’s former butler, Paolo Gabriele, in stealing documents from Benedict XVI. Senior Vatican communications … [Read more...]


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