Second Vatican stem cell conference set for 2013

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2012 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Next year the Pontifical Council for Culture and an adult stem cell research foundation will host the second international Vatican conference to discuss regenerative medicine and its implications for culture, ethics and faith.Monsignor Tomasz Trafny, head of the Science and Faith department at the Pontifical Council for Culture, said it is the council’s mission to explore the cultural impact of new research. It aims to “offer … [Read more...]

Pope celebrates Feast of All Souls in papal crypt

Vatican City, Nov 2, 2012 / 03:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Catholics around the world on Nov. 2 remember those who have passed away, Pope Benedict XVI visited the Vatican Grottoes to pray for his predecessors on the feast of All Souls. In remarks made in St. Peter's square Nov. 1 anticipating  All Souls day, Pope Benedict said the feast “helps us to reflect on the double horizon of humanity, which we symbolically express with the words 'earth' and … [Read more...]

Pilgrims arrive in Rome to celebrate Latin Mass permission

Vatican City, Nov 2, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement that any priest can celebrate the Mass according to the pre-Vatican II rite in Latin, a number of pilgrims have come to Rome to offer thanks and celebrate.“I gladly accepted to celebrate (tomorrow’s) Mass for pilgrims who came to thank the Pope for the gift of the motu proprio ‘Summorum Pontificum’ because it is a way to make others … [Read more...]

Pope: saints connect us with eternity, fullness of life

Vatican City, Nov 1, 2012 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict said that the solemnity of All Saints should help people reflect on the link between the Church on earth and the heavenly Church “that celebrates the never-ending feast.”“In the saints we see the victory of love over selfishness and death: we see that following Christ leads to life, eternal life, and gives meaning to the present, every moment that passes, because it is filled with love and hope,” … [Read more...]

Sistine Chapel reveals light of God, Pope says on 500th anniversary

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2012 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Sistine Chapel ceiling is celebrating its 500th anniversary today, and Pope Benedict XVI followed in the footsteps of his predecessor Pope Julius II, who unveiled the masterpiece by saying vespers there.Pope Benedict said in his Oct. 31 address that he was marking the anniversary of this “liturgical classroom” with vespers because “the works of art which decorate it, especially the frescos, find in the liturgy … [Read more...]

Pope offers prayers for Hurricane Sandy victims

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2012 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the Oct. 31 general audience, Pope Benedict offered prayers for the victims of Hurricane Sandy which ravaged the East Coast of the United States early this week.“Conscious of the devastation caused by the hurricane which recently struck the East Coast of the United States of America, I offer my prayers for the victims and express my solidarity with all those engaged in the work of rebuilding,” he said at the conclusion of … [Read more...]

Faith is lived in community, Pope Benedict reflects

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2012 / 10:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although faith is intensely personal, it is necessarily transmitted and lived through relationships with others, Pope Benedict XVI said at his general audience on Wednesday. “I cannot build my personal faith in a private dialogue with Jesus, because faith is given to me by God through a community of believers,” the Pope said in a rain-soaked St. Peter's Square Oct. 31. “The Church, and I become part of the … [Read more...]