Vatican conference to examine ‘language of the body’ in marriage

Vatican City, May 27, 2012 / 05:15 pm (CNA).- This coming September an international colloquium in Vatican City will consider how men and women become "one flesh" in marriage, and examine the "language of the body" from Christian perspectives."What type of union is the conjugal union, which comes about when a man and a woman become 'one flesh'?" asks the conference announcement.The Vatican City-based Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family is hosting the Sept. 20-21 … [Read more...]

Pope sets date to declare two new Church Doctors

Vatican City, May 27, 2012 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will declare St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. John of Avila as Doctors of the Church on Oct. 7 2012 at the beginning of this year’s Synod of Bishops in Rome.“These two great witnesses of the faith lived in very different historical periods and came from different cultural backgrounds,” said the Pope in his Regina Coeli address May 27.“But the sanctity of life and depth of teaching makes them … [Read more...]

Vatican Bank boss fired over alleged mismanagement

Vatican City, May 25, 2012 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The President of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, has been fired from his post following a vote of no-confidence by the bank's supervisory board. “Over time this area had generated increasing worries among the members of the board and, despite repeated efforts to communicate these concerns to Professor Gotti Tedeschi, President of the Works of Religion, the situation deteriorated further,” read a communiqué issued by the … [Read more...]

Police arrest suspect in ‘Vatileaks’ case

Vatican City, May 25, 2012 / 09:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A person suspected of leaking sensitive internal Vatican documents has been arrested and is currently being detained “in a secure room” by the Vatican police. “The investigation initiated by the Gendarmerie under instructions received by the Commission of Cardinals and under the direction of the Promoter of Justice, has identified a person in possession of confidential documents,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told the … [Read more...]

Pope blesses world-traveling cross honoring Christ’s resurrection

Vatican City, May 24, 2012 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Before his Wednesday General Audience this week, Pope Benedict blessed a large wooden cross that will travel to the capitals of the world marking the 2000th anniversary of Christ’s Resurrection in 2033. The cross measures 13 feet tall and serves as a “sign of gratitude to God,” Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano reported on May 23. The cross has already visited the Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, … [Read more...]

Vatican publishes guidelines on apparitions, private revelations

Vatican City, May 24, 2012 / 12:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has published guidelines to help the Church worldwide handle claims of private revelations and apparitions. In his preface to the new publication, prefect Cardinal William J. Levada voiced his “firm hope” that the norms will aid Church leaders “in their difficult task” of discerning apparitions, revelations and “extraordinary phenomena of presumed supernatural origin.” … [Read more...]

Absentee dads hinder children’s understanding of God, Pope says

Vatican City, May 23, 2012 / 11:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Dads who are absent from their family make it more difficult for their children to understand God as a loving father, Pope Benedict XVI said on May 23. “Perhaps modern man does not perceive the beauty, grandeur and profound consolation contained in the word ‘father’ with which we can turn to God in prayer, because the father figure is often not sufficiently present in today’s world, and is often not a sufficiently positive … [Read more...]