US bishop thanks Pope for approving unborn blessing

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2012 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville has personally thanked Pope Benedict XVI for the Vatican's recent approval of a new blessing for the child in the womb. “Warmly extending the love of Christ to families as they prepare for the birth of their child, this sacred gesture is both a positive and hope-filled way to announce to society the great gift of human life as well as a gracious invitation for the parents to begin steps … [Read more...]

Pope prays for Middle East Christians in Arabic

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2012 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After his recent visit to the Church in Lebanon, Pope Benedict added Arabic to the list of official languages used at his weekly general audiences, launching the effort by offering the promise of his prayers in Arabic.“The Pope prays for all the people who speak Arabic. God bless you all,” he said in Arabic at the Oct. 10 general audience, which was held in St. Peter’s Square.For the first time, a priest also read an … [Read more...]

Pope prays for Middle East Christians in Arabic

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2012 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After his recent visit to the Church in Lebanon, Pope Benedict added Arabic to the list of official languages used at his weekly general audiences, launching the effort by offering the promise of his prayers in Arabic.“The Pope prays for all the people who speak Arabic. God bless you all,” he said in Arabic at the Oct. 10 general audience, which was held in St. Peter’s Square.For the first time, a priest also read an … [Read more...]

Pope ‘working harder than anyone’ at synod sessions

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2012 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI opened the first working session of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization Oct. 9 by closely following the proceedings and issuing a call for a “renewed evangelical dynamism” in the Church.“The Holy Father’s participation has been unbelievable,” said Curtis Martin, founder of the U.S.-based Fellowship of Catholic University Students.Martin, who is attending the synod as an … [Read more...]

Pope calls Vatican II a ‘moment of grace’ in Church history

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2012 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s opening, Pope Benedict XVI described it as a “moment of grace” in the recent history of the Church. “The Second Vatican Council is a strong call for us to rediscover the beauty of our faith every day, to nourish a deeper understanding of it, a more intense relationship with the Lord, to truly live our Christian vocation,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

Pope accepts resignation of Chilean bishop accused of sexual abuse

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- On Oct. 9, Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernadez of Iquique, Chile, who has been under investigation by the Vatican since April for alleged sexual abuse. The Holy See's Press Office said the bishop resigned in conformity with a specific code in canon law, which allows for resignation “because of ill health or some other grave cause.” The Apostolic Nunciature in Chile also announced that … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan: Confession is the sacrament of New Evangelization

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2012 / 02:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York told the synod of bishops gathered at the Vatican that “the primary sacrament of the New Evangelization is the sacrament of penance.”“Yes the sacraments of initiation – baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist – change, challenge and equip the agents of evangelization, but the sacrament of reconciliation evangelizes the evangelizers, as it brings us sacramentally into … [Read more...]


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