Pope calls on bishops to run charities better

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2012 / 01:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has released an apostolic letter on charitable activities that asks bishops to improve their supervision of local charities and ensure that these groups’ work does not contradict Catholic teaching.The Pope’s six-page letter, released Dec. 1, notes the duty of the diocesan bishops and parish priests to see that in charitable service the faithful “are not led into error or … [Read more...]

Pope says Advent is a time to listen to God

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2012 / 10:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has said Advent is a time to extend God’s “kingdom of love” and to reflect on the coming of Jesus into the world.“Amid the turmoil of the world, or the deserts of indifference and materialism, Christians accept salvation from God and witness with a different way of life, like a city set on a hill,” said Pope Benedict during his Dec. 2 Angelus comments at St. Peter’s Square.The … [Read more...]

Holy See welcomes UN recognition of Palestine

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2012 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican "welcomed with favor" the U.N.'s vote to allow Palestine to become a non-member Observer State, and pressed for a permanent two-state solution.The statement came one day after the U.N.'s General Assembly voted resoundingly for the change on Nov. 29."The vote manifests the sentiment of the majority of the international community and recognizes a more significant presence for Palestinians within the … [Read more...]

Fixing economic crisis requires financial and moral truth, priest says

Rome, Italy, Nov 29, 2012 / 01:33 pm (CNA).- The solution to the ongoing economic troubles is to adopt a worldview that combines both economic and moral truths, Father Robert Sirico said as he presented his new book.Father Robert Sirico, co-founder of the Acton Institute think tank, introduced his book titled "Defending the Free Market: the Moral Case for a Free Economy" on Nov. 28 in Rome."I wrote the book because I was concerned that there's such a false set of … [Read more...]

Artist praises family as he receives Vatican award

Vatican City, Nov 29, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Artist David Lopez Ribes noted the importance of his wife and children in his life as he received the award in the category of painting from the Pontifical Academies at the Vatican. The Spanish father of six told CNA after the Nov. 21 event that although he does not have one particular masterpiece among his work, “if there were one, it would for sure be my family.” Lopez Ribes is a multidisciplinary artist devoted to … [Read more...]

Pope urges support for children affected by AIDS

Vatican City, Nov 28, 2012 / 12:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict is lending his support to combatting HIV/AIDS, with a special focus on advocating for children who receive the disease from their mothers."My thoughts turn in particular to the large number of children who contract the virus from their mothers each year, despite the treatments which exist to prevent its transmission," said the Pope at the end of his Nov. 28 general audience.As he looked ahead to the … [Read more...]

Pope counsels parents to share faith with joy, dialogue

Vatican City, Nov 28, 2012 / 10:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sharing the faith with children and others should be done in a joyful, clear and simple manner, Pope Benedict said at the Wednesday general audience."In our time, a special place to talk about God is the family, the first school to communicate the faith to new generations," Pope Benedict said Nov. 28 in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.He delivered his remarks, which are part of an ongoing weekly series on faith, to … [Read more...]