Pope entrusts Year of Faith, evangelization synod to Mary

Loreto, Italy, Oct 4, 2012 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI made a one-day pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Loreto in Italy to entrust the forthcoming Synod of Bishops and Year of Faith to the Virgin Mary.“Mother of the ‘yes,’ you who heard Jesus, speak to us of him; tell us of your journey, that we may follow him on the path of faith; help us to proclaim him, that each person may welcome him and become the dwelling place of God,” the Pope said during … [Read more...]

Trial reveals papal butler’s interest in Masonry, Church scandals

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2012 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The judges presiding over the trial of the Pope's former butler heard today that his apartment contained piles of documents and newspaper cuttings about Masonic lodges, the occult and previous scandals involving the Church and state in Italy.The evidence was presented during the third day of the criminal trial against Paolo Gabriele. The 46-year-old Italian stands accused of the “aggravated theft” of … [Read more...]

Pope says liturgical abuses detract from Christ

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2012 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has reminded Catholics that the liturgy belongs to Jesus Christ and his Church, and should not be changed according to individual whims.“It is not the individual – priest or layman – or the group that celebrates the liturgy, but it is primarily God’s action through the Church, which has its own history, its rich tradition and creativity,” the Pope said during his Oct. 3 general audience in … [Read more...]

Pope says liturgical abuses detract from Christ

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2012 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has reminded Catholics that the liturgy belongs to Jesus Christ and his Church, and should not be changed according to individual whims.“It is not the individual – priest or layman – or the group that celebrates the liturgy, but it is primarily God’s action through the Church, which has its own history, its rich tradition and creativity,” the Pope said during his Oct. 3 general audience in … [Read more...]

Pope to examine social networks as portals of faith

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2012 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI will release a message in January 2013 that will examine the promise of social networks like Facebook and Twitter as “new spaces of evangelization” and “portals of truth and faith.”The Pontifical Council of Social Communications announced on Sept. 29 that the Pope chose social networks as the theme of the Catholic Church’s next World Communications Day.The pontifical council noted the … [Read more...]

Pope’s butler pleads innocent in document theft

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2012 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite his confession to Vatican police, papal butler Paolo Gabriele has said he is innocent of stealing Pope Benedict XVI’s private correspondence but he feels “guilty of having betrayed the trust of the Holy Father.”“I declare myself innocent concerning the charge of aggravated theft,” he said at the Oct. 2 hearing at the Vatican City courthouse behind St. Peter’s Basilica.Gabriele, a 46-year-old … [Read more...]

Pope: Rejoice when non-Catholics do good

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Sep 30, 2012 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says that Catholics should be delighted whenever non-Catholics do what is good or embrace what is true.“Members of the Church should not feel jealousy, but rejoice if someone from outside the community does good in the name of Christ, provided this is done with right intention and with respect,” he said during his Sept. 30 Angelus address at Castel Gandolfo.The Pope was reflecting on the Sunday … [Read more...]


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