Violence postpones papal delegation to Syria

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2012 / 03:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Secretary of State told the synod on the New Evangelization that the planned peace mission to Syria will still happen but has been postponed following flare-ups in violence. “Given the gravity of the situation, the visit will be postponed, probably until after the conclusion of the Synod, and the composition of the delegation will be modified, also due to other commitments on the part of its members,” Secretary of … [Read more...]

Vatican reveals new leaks trial, report on butler’s sentencing

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2012 / 01:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the latest chapter of the "Vatileaks" saga, officials announced today that the Vatican computer technician accused of helping steal confidential papal documents will go on trial in two weeks. Giuseppe Dalla Torre, head of the Vatican Tribunal, announced Oct. 23 that the first hearing for Claudio Sciarpelletti will take place Nov. 5. Sciarpelletti is accused of aiding and abetting the Pope’s former butler, Paolo … [Read more...]

American priest celebrates receiving Ratzinger award in Rome

Rome, Italy, Oct 22, 2012 / 01:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An American priest and scholar who was awarded the annual Ratzinger Prize for Theology by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 20 was both thrilled and surprised to receive the honor. “It was a total surprise for me, but I'm really touched that they would think of me for this and that it would bear the name of our present Holy Father, whom I have always admired a lot,” said Father Brian Daley, a Jesuit professor of theology at the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput links new saints with New Evangelization

Rome, Italy, Oct 22, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia believes that the seven saints who were canonized by Pope Benedict Oct. 21 should serve as models for bringing the Gospel to the modern world, and that Saint Kateri Tekakwitha in particular should be an example for young people. She “led her Christian life rather intensely,” he recalled, “so I think she could be a patron for young adults. She committed herself to a life of … [Read more...]

Missionaries under the care of Mary, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2012 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the celebration of Missions Sunday, Pope Benedict encouraged the faithful to entrust all missionaries to the guidance of Mary, Queen of all Saints. In his Oct. 21 Sunday Angelus address following the canonization Mass of seven new saints, the Pope called on all “to entrust to the protection of the Virgin Mary all missionaries – priests, religious, and lay – that in every part of the world sow the good seed of the … [Read more...]

Pope canonizes seven saints for the New Evangelization

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2012 / 09:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has canonized seven new saints and prayed that their intercession may “strengthen and sustain” the Church “in her mission to proclaim the Gospel to the whole world.” The Pope addressed a crowd of tens of thousands on a sunny, Oct. 21 Mass at St. Peter's Square, raising seven men and women to the altars. Those included Jacques Berthieu, Pedro Calungsod, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, … [Read more...]

Vatican condemns Beirut car bomb attack

Vatican City, Oct 19, 2012 / 01:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s spokesman is condemning the car bomb attack in Beirut which killed a leading Lebanese security official and seven other people while wounding dozens. “The attack in Beirut deserves the firmest condemnation, for the senseless murderous violence which manifested itself and because it runs counter to the efforts and commitment to preserve a peaceful coexistence in Lebanon,” Fr. Federico Lombardi, director … [Read more...]