Pope prays for Syria as worries of larger conflict loom

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2012 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is praying that Syria ends its internal conflict, which he believes could have very serious consequences for the entire Middle East.“May God give wisdom of heart to those in positions of responsibility, that all violence and bloodshed may cease,” he said at the Vatican on June 21.He also called on the international community to “spare no effort to help Syria emerge from its current situation of … [Read more...]

Vatican rolls out events, logo for Year of Faith

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2012 / 12:21 pm (CNA).- Many of the Vatican’s events for the forthcoming Year of Faith were announced today as organizers unveiled the official logo in Rome.Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, told CNA June 21 that the “significance of the logo is very simple.”   “The boat is the sign of the Church, and you can see this is a moment of movement,” he explained, “we also … [Read more...]

Newlyweds flock to Rome for papal blessing

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2012 / 06:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One of the most striking sights in Rome appears every Wednesday afternoon in St. Peter’s Square when newly married couples, resplendent in their wedding attire, emerge after being blessed by Pope Benedict XVI.“I had never been to Rome before and could only imagine how beautiful and how sacred this place is … so I could not be happier than to get married and have that marriage blessed by the Pope,” said new bride … [Read more...]

Prayer is the surest guide for life’s troubles, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2012 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says the life and writings of St. Paul should remind all Christians that the surest guide through the trials of life is prayer.“Paul’s prayer invites us to contemplate the unfolding of God’s saving plan in history and to discern the signs of its presence in our own lives and in the life of the Church,” the Pope said during his June 20 general audience.“In our own prayer, may we praise … [Read more...]

Blueprint for 2012 evangelization synod unveiled

Vatican City, Jun 19, 2012 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The working document that will guide the deliberations of the 2012 synod of bishops on the New Evangelization has been unveiled.“The purpose of the new evangelization is the transmission of the Christian faith, the urgent task of transmitting to new generations the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, at a June 19 press conference. The 13th Ordinary General … [Read more...]

Parables show God’s transforming power, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Jun 17, 2012 / 10:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- God is the prime mover in the story of salvation, Pope Benedict XVI taught on June 17, as he discussed Christ's parables about the similarity between the Kingdom of God and the growth of seeds.“The message is clear,” the Pope told pilgrims in his midday Angelus address. “The Kingdom of God, even if it requires our cooperation, is firstly a gift of the Lord, a grace that precedes man and his … [Read more...]

Vatican’s new project dives into sports ethics

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2012 / 02:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The ethics of sports will be the focus of a new initiative launched June 14 by two Vatican departments.“Where is the world of sport moving? Where does the phenomenon of violence between soccer fans come from? What about match fixing? Doping?” asked Monsignor Melchor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, the Under-Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture.In a June 14 interview with CNA, Msgr. Sanchez de Toca y Alameda described … [Read more...]


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