Beauty, art have crucial role in evangelization, priest reflects

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benefactors of the Vatican Museums who have recently gathered in Rome stressed that art is pivotal in the task of bringing God to secular society. “A message given by the artist which many times is a very strong religious, theological message can then penetrate into the soul,” Fr. Mark Haydu told CNA in an Oct. 17 interview. Fr. Haydu is the international director of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums – a … [Read more...]

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Do not reduce the faith to ‘moralistic’ ideology, Pope warns

Rome, Italy, Oct 17, 2013 / 09:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass homily Pope Francis reflected on the dangers of following one's own personal, “moralistic” ideology, stressing the importance of prayer in staying open to God.If a Christian “becomes a disciple of ideology,” noted Pope Francis during his Oct. 17 daily Mass, “he has lost the faith.”Pope Francis offered his words to those who were gathered with him in the chapel at the … [Read more...]

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Franciscan reform seen in Papal Charities office appointment

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' Oct. 12 appointment of Monsignor Diego Ravelli as office chief of the Office of Papal Charities rounds out the bureau which delivers charity to the poor in the name of the Roman Pontiff.Already on Aug. 3, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, a priest of the Lódz diocese in Poland, was appointed head of the office, or almoner.Traditionally, the pontifical almoner sends parchments with the Papal blessing to those who … [Read more...]

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Czech Republic is ripe for new evangelization, bishop reflects

Rome, Italy, Oct 16, 2013 / 09:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the aftermath following decades of communism, a Czech bishop reveals that although the number of those who practice their faith in the country has diminished, people are ready to hear the Gospel.“That's what we take as our mission, the re-evangelization. We try to enter in the society with the message of the Gospel, something good, positive, that can address them,” Bishop Jan Vokal told CNA/EWTN News in an Oct. 14 … [Read more...]

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Christ empowers us to be missionaries, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2013 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Creed, drawing attention to the Church's apostolic nature and Jesus' invitation to spread the Gospel. “Dear Brothers and Sisters: In the Creed, we profess in faith that the Church is 'apostolic,'” the Pope told the thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Oct. 16 general audience. The Holy Father stressed that the … [Read more...]

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Historian: Catholic Church pivotal in rescue of Roman Jews

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2013 / 04:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The efforts of the Catholic Church were undoubtedly decisive in the escape of most of Rome's Jews during World War II, according to a Jewish historian and columnist of “L’Osservatore Romano.”In a recently published book, “Portico d'Ottavia, 13,” Anna Foa describes the only raid against Jews committed by Nazis in Rome. The book is named for the address of the Oct. 16, 1943 raid.Foa told CNA Oct. 10 … [Read more...]

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Pope to auction Harley Davidson motorcycle to benefit homeless

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2013 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has donated his Harley Davidson motorcycle to be sold to raise money for a hostel and soup kitchen that serves Rome’s homeless.“It is a precious gift that has once again made us happy in feeling the closeness of our bishop to the poor of the Church of Rome. We are deeply grateful to Pope Francis for this,” Monsignor Enrico Feroci, the director of Caritas Rome, said at an Oct. 12 press conference.The sale … [Read more...]

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