‘Humanae Vitae’ author Pope Paul VI moves toward sainthood

Vatican City, Dec 20, 2012 / 10:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI authorized an investigation on Dec. 20 which could result in proclaiming the late pontiff, Paul VI, a saint. The Pope formally allowed the move as the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints wrote a decree stating that Paul VI had “heroic virtue,” the first step necessary in the canonization process. The pontiff met with congregation head cardinal Angelo Amato on Thursday to let him begin the review of … [Read more...]

Pope accepts resignation of 85-year-old Chaldean Patriarch

Vatican City, Dec 19, 2012 / 03:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI on Dec. 19 accepted the resignation of Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, and called the Chaldean bishops to Rome for a synod to elect his successor. Cardinal Delly, the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, was elected the Chaldean patriarch on Dec. 3, 2003. Pope Benedict XVI made him a cardinal in November 2007. The 85-year-old resigned for age and health reasons, the Italian newspaper … [Read more...]

Pope says faith includes trust in dark moments

Vatican City, Dec 19, 2012 / 10:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of reflections on faith this Wednesday, saying that at times it includes an element of darkness."We encounter moments where God seems absent, his silence weighs on our hearts and his will doesn't correspond to our own as we would like it to," the Pope told pilgrims on Dec. 19."But the more we open ourselves to God, we receive the gift of faith and put our trust in him … [Read more...]

Papal preacher focusing on Church’s three big events

Vatican City, Dec 17, 2012 / 05:08 pm (CNA).- Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the Papal Household, is basing his reflections for the Pope and his staff on the Church’s three main events in 2012."I try to adjust myself to the graces or the problems that the Church is living, and there are three main events this year," he explained to CNA.His previous talks for December covered the "Year of Faith," an initiative launched by Pope Benedict to help Catholics … [Read more...]

Palestinian president thanks Pope for his support

Vatican City, Dec 17, 2012 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Dec. 17 with the Pope and expressed his thanks for the Holy See’s support after Palestine was recognized as a state by the United Nations.Abbas met with Pope Benedict XVI at the Apostolic Palace after the Vatican welcomed the U.N. General Assembly's Nov. 29 vote to recognize Palestine as a "non-member observer state."According to a Dec. 17 Vatican statement, discussions … [Read more...]

Pope ‘deeply saddened’ by Connecticut shooting

Vatican City, Dec 16, 2012 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope expressed sorrow over the Sandy Hook school shooting that massacred 20 children and offered prayers for the victims' families.“I was deeply saddened by Friday's senseless violence in Newtown, Connnecticut,” said Pope Benedict XVI Dec. 16.“I assure the families of the victims, especially those who lost a child, of my closeness in prayer,” he told thousands gathered at St. Peter's Square for … [Read more...]

Achieving peace requires respect for all human life, Pope states

Vatican City, Dec 14, 2012 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than anything else, the path to peace involves “respect for human life in all its many aspects,” Pope Benedict XVI said in his message for the annual World Day of Peace.“At the birth of Jesus, the angels proclaim the message ‘glory to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will.’ With the birth of the savior, peace was wished for the earth, for humanity,” Cardinal Peter K. Turkson, … [Read more...]