Vatican launches healthcare initiative for Syrian refugee children

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2013 / 06:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” has collaborated with other Catholic organizations in order to arrange a special mission which will provide basic medicines needed for the care of refugee children in Lebanon.“The children need more specially medicine and schools, you know, because they have left the country and no schools or no medicine and many are very traumatized, so we have to help them psychologically,” … [Read more...]

Minnesota diocese to soon launch ‘Year of Marriage’

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of Minnesota legalizing same-sex marriage earlier in 2013, the Diocese of Crookston will begin a year dedicated to a renewed appreciation and a better understanding of the married life.Amanda Zurface, the diocese's coordinator of Marriage, Family Life, and Evangelization, described the outreach as an “opportunity for many to heal from the difficulties and challenges of this past year.”The 12-month … [Read more...]

End times will bring greater persecution to Christians, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 28, 2013 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the end times, saying that faith will be increasingly pushed out of the public square and that persecution of Christians is a “prophecy” of what is to come. The Pope directed his comments to those gathered in the chapel of the Vatican's Saint Martha guesthouse for his daily Mass on Nov. 28. Reflecting on the day's reading taken from the Gospel of Luke, in which Jesus … [Read more...]

Vatican astronomer: science opens the door to dialogue

Vatican City, Nov 28, 2013 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading astronomer in the Vatican Observatory stated that the study of science provides a unique forum to discuss man’s deep and existential questions about the origins and meaning of life.“We in the astronomical community give the permission to everyone else to talk about their religious legs, and we discover it’s not all that different,” Br. Guy Consolmagno affirmed in a Nov. 22 interview with CNA.Br. Guy … [Read more...]

Pope warns of a ‘trivialized’ vision of death without hope

Vatican City, Nov 27, 2013 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of Christian death, emphasizing that the resurrection of Jesus gives it light, and cautioning against worldly ideas which can overcome us.“If we allow ourselves to be taken in by this mistaken vision of death, we have no other choice than that of hiding death, of denying it, or of trivializing it, so that it won’t make us afraid,” the Pope said in his Nov. … [Read more...]

Pope’s exhortation praised as a guide to Christian outreach

Vatican City, Nov 27, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' new document on the “joy” of evangelization is an opportunity for Catholics to re-examine how to share the gospel in today's world, several Catholic commentators note.“Pope Francis says the Church has to focus on what is essential and most beautiful, that everyone has to have a personal encounter with the saving grace of Christ,” Vatican media adviser Greg Burke said Nov. … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ meeting with Putin zeros in on Middle East

Vatican City, Nov 27, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Pope Francis and Russian president Vladimir Putin's first-ever meeting this week mostly focused on the Middle East, particularly on the ongoing Syrian conflict.   The president met with the pontiff Nov. 25 amid Putin's short visit to Italy – along with 11 ministers of his cabinet – to sign commercial agreements and have institutional meetings with government officials.   According to a Vatican press office statement, … [Read more...]


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