Vatican council supports US bishops in pro-life stance

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family has written to several U.S. bishops to express his support for the pro-life events this week surrounding the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. “Please accept my most sincere expression of solidarity and my promise of prayers as you prepare for the National Prayer Vigil and Masses for Life, and the Fortieth Annual March for Life,” wrote Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia on Jan. … [Read more...]

Vatican TV’s new director surprised at his appointment

Rome, Italy, Jan 24, 2013 / 02:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The new head of the Vatican Television Center says he was surprised when he was asked to lead one the Church’s important outlets for communicating the Pope’s teachings."It was an unexpected appointment because they were looking for me a week ago but I was visiting Brazil for a formation course for a favella's children project in the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro," said Monsignor Dario Edoardo … [Read more...]

In letter to SSPX, Vatican archbishop appeals for unity

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2013 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, one of the Roman officials involved in discussions with the Society of St. Pius X, wrote a letter to the society's priests, seeking “reconciliation and healing.” “Some new considerations of a more spiritual and theological nature are needed...considerations that focus rather on our duty to preserve and cherish the divinely willed unity and peace of the Church,” wrote the Dominican … [Read more...]

Pope focuses on best way to use social media

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2013 / 11:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has asked people to use social networking sites "responsibly" and "with respect," given the growing number of people who are becoming internet dependent."These spaces, when engaged in a wise and balanced way, help to foster forms of dialogue and debate which, if conducted respectfully and with concern for privacy, responsibility and truthfulness, can reinforce the bonds of unity," the Pope … [Read more...]

Vatican hopes to resume accepting credit card payments

Vatican City, Jan 23, 2013 / 08:03 pm (CNA).- With credit card transactions suspended in Vatican City since the new year, three-way talks are due to be held among the stakeholders on Jan. 25 to help resolve the situation. “The parties have resumed work and in the course of next week there will be a technical meeting,” the Italian wire service ANSA was told Jan. 17. Italy's central bank, the Bank of Italy – analogous to America's Federal Reserve – refused to … [Read more...]

Abraham exemplifies Christian journey, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 23, 2013 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Wednesday General Audience, Pope Benedict pointed to the legacy of Abraham as an example of the Christian’s longing for the “true homeland” of heaven and as the “first great role model” of having faith in God.“Abraham, the believer, teaches us faith and, like a stranger on earth, points out our true homeland. Faith makes us pilgrims on earth, situated in the world and in history, but on the path … [Read more...]

Vietnamese communist leader meets Pope for first time

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2013 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict received in audience today the secretary general of Vietnam's Communist Party, discussing issues of interest to the Vatican city-state and Vietnam. The pontiff spoke with Nguyên Phú Trong on Jan. 22, who then met with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and the Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti. The Church leaders addressed with Trong their hopes of … [Read more...]