Pope’s book on childhood of Jesus has family focus

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2012 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict's third and final book on Jesus' life has been launched, and this time he delves into Christ's childhood.“The Pope's book refers especially to the infancy of Jesus in the context of a family and focuses on family tradition,” said Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi,  president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, at a Nov. 20 press conference.“His words aren't just informative, they … [Read more...]

Vatican memo aims to boost priestly identity

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2012 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an effort to promote priestly identity, the Vatican Secretary of State has issued a letter asking clerics and religious at the Vatican to dress as befits their identity as priests conformed to Christ.Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said in an Oct. 15 letter that it is a “time in which everyone is specially called to renew his awareness of and consistency with his own identity.”This call includes … [Read more...]

Vatican dismisses Maryknoll priest from order

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2012 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican canonically dismissed Roy Bourgeois from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers on Oct. 4, for disobedience and preaching against Church teaching on women's ordination. The decision, made by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, dispenses him from both the bonds of priesthood and religious life. On Aug. 8, 2008, Bourgeois preached a homily at the simulated ordination of a woman to the Catholic priesthood. His … [Read more...]

Pope urges French Catholics to make voices heard on marriage

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2012 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As France’s Socialist government pushes to legalize “gay marriage,” Catholics must continue to strongly and consistently bear witness to the teachings of Christ, Pope Benedict XVI said.“In society's key debates, the voice of the Church must make itself heard ceaselessly and with determination,” he said, praising the “rich Christian history” of France, which “cannot be ignored or … [Read more...]

Jesus Christ is constant in transient world, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2012 / 04:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus remarks at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI said that the Sunday gospel reading about the passing of the world is a reminder that Jesus Christ is the focus and source of all creation.“Everything passes, but the Word of God does not change, and each of us is responsible for his behavior before it,” Pope Benedict said Nov. 18, from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square. “It is … [Read more...]

Bono thanks Vatican for helping with debt forgiveness

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2012 / 06:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The famous U2 vocalist Bono traveled to the Vatican Nov. 16 to thank the Church for its work to free the world's least developed countries from their foreign debt, enabling them to invest in education.On Friday, Bono spent nearly an hour speaking with Cardinal Peter K. Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, according to Vatican Radio.In 2000, the Church was an important backer of the “Drop the … [Read more...]

Conference counters threats to Catholic health care

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2012 / 01:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic health care providers and clergy are meeting in Rome this week to develop responses to the different ethical issues they are facing when they work with secular governments.“The importance of this conference is in showing how much the Church is involved in health care and it highlights the pitfalls and obstacles we have to overcome,” South African Cardinal Wilfred Napier of Durban, told CNA on Nov. 16. “But it … [Read more...]


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