Archbishop Muller presents positive vision for Vatican’s doctrine office

Vatican City, Aug 6, 2012 / 03:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The new head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says he wants the department to play a positive role in the New Evangelization, rather than simply responding to doctrinal problems as they arise.   “The task of this congregation is not only to defend the Catholic faith but to promote it, to give the positive aspects and possibilities of the whole richness of the Catholic faith,” Archbishop … [Read more...]

Vatican Observatory head praises Curiosity rover landing

Vatican City, Aug 6, 2012 / 01:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican Observatory director Fr. José Gabriel Funes thinks that “everybody” should be happy with the successful landing of the Mars science rover Curiosity.Fr. Funes said he liked the rover’s name because curiosity is “a driving force to do science, to do research.”“Human beings are basically curious,” he told Vatican Radio Aug. 6. “We want to know how many things in the universe … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict challenges believers to put God before worldly cares

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 5, 2012 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- God's promise of a new and eternal life deserves priority over earthly desires for things that can never satisfy the heart, Pope Benedict XVI taught in his Aug. 5 Sunday Angelus address at Castel Gandolfo.“Jesus wants to help people move beyond the immediate satisfaction of their material needs, although they are important too. He wants to open a horizon of existence which is not simply that of the daily concerns of … [Read more...]

Pope finishes third volume on Jesus of Nazareth

Vatican City, Aug 3, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See's Press Office announced on Aug. 2 that Pope Benedict XVI has finished the third volume of his work on Jesus of Nazareth, which focuses on the infancy of Christ. Pope Benedict completed the text while on vacation at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo outside of Rome. According to the press office, the original German version is now being translated into diverse languages, and publication of the book is expected to … [Read more...]

Pope praying youth will answer call to evangelize

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2012 / 02:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With exactly one year to go until the 28th World Youth Day begins in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Benedict XVI is praying this August that young people will engage in evangelization.“That young people, called to follow Christ, may be willing to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel to the ends of the earth,” the official Vatican statement from July 31 says.Pope Benedict’s mission prayer intention echoes almost exactly the … [Read more...]

Vatican daily slams ‘confused’ Gates Foundation policies

Vatican City, Jul 30, 2012 / 08:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano has published an article sharply criticizing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for securing $4.6 billion dollars over the next eight years to promote contraceptives, starting in Africa. In her July 29 front-page story, reporter Giulia Galeotti said Melinda Gates, who self-identifies as Catholic, “has gone astray.” Gates, the wife of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, helped … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict urges end to bloodshed in Syria

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Jul 29, 2012 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI called for an immediate halt to “all violence and shedding of blood” in Syria during his weekly Angelus address on Sunday.“I ask God to give the wisdom of the heart, especially for those who have the greatest responsibilities, so that no effort is spared in the quest for peace, including the international community, through dialogue and reconciliation, for a proper political settlement of the … [Read more...]