Prayer is the surest guide for life’s troubles, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2012 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says the life and writings of St. Paul should remind all Christians that the surest guide through the trials of life is prayer.“Paul’s prayer invites us to contemplate the unfolding of God’s saving plan in history and to discern the signs of its presence in our own lives and in the life of the Church,” the Pope said during his June 20 general audience.“In our own prayer, may we praise … [Read more...]

Blueprint for 2012 evangelization synod unveiled

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2012 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The working document that will guide the deliberations of the 2012 synod of bishops on the New Evangelization has been unveiled.“The purpose of the new evangelization is the transmission of the Christian faith, the urgent task of transmitting to new generations the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, at a June 19 press conference. The 13th Ordinary General … [Read more...]

Parables show God’s transforming power, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Jun 17, 2012 / 10:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- God is the prime mover in the story of salvation, Pope Benedict XVI taught on June 17, as he discussed Christ's parables about the similarity between the Kingdom of God and the growth of seeds.“The message is clear,” the Pope told pilgrims in his midday Angelus address. “The Kingdom of God, even if it requires our cooperation, is firstly a gift of the Lord, a grace that precedes man and his … [Read more...]

Vatican’s new project dives into sports ethics

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2012 / 02:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The ethics of sports will be the focus of a new initiative launched June 14 by two Vatican departments.“Where is the world of sport moving? Where does the phenomenon of violence between soccer fans come from? What about match fixing? Doping?” asked Monsignor Melchor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, the Under-Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture.In a June 14 interview with CNA, Msgr. Sanchez de Toca y Alameda described … [Read more...]

Vatican confirms SSPX is being offered Personal Prelature

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2012 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has confirmed that the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X is being offered the status of a personal prelature as part of a deal to heal the group’s 24-year rift with the Catholic Church.“Clearly the ball is now in the court of the Society,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said on June 14.Yesterday afternoon the Society’s superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay, spent over two hours in … [Read more...]

Vatican confirms SSPX is being offered Personal Prelature

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2012 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has confirmed that the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X is being offered the status of a personal prelature as part of a deal to heal the group’s 24-year rift with the Catholic Church.“Clearly the ball is now in the court of the Society,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said on June 14.Yesterday afternoon the Society’s superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay, spent over two hours in … [Read more...]

Vatican looks online as it retools its communications strategy

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2012 / 01:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced that it wants to create a “.catholic” domain name as a way of validating official Catholic institutions online – just one day after rolling out a major shift in its communications strategy.“Our idea is that those communities that make up the Church will be able to apply to have this ‘dot catholic’ web address as a way of authenticating their presence in the web space,” … [Read more...]


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