Pope challenges US bishops to revive Christian culture

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The priest behind the recent “ad limina” visits of America’s bishops to Rome says that Pope Benedict has called on the U.S. Catholic Church to help rescue and revive Christian culture. “The Holy Father spoke of the challenges in marriage, in family life, in growing secularization, in education, but I think there was a common theme amidst all the challenges: that where God does not exist, where he is taken out of culture, civilization itself … [Read more...]

Pope challenges US bishops to revive Christian culture

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The priest behind the recent “ad limina” visits of America’s bishops to Rome says that Pope Benedict has called on the U.S. Catholic Church to help rescue and revive Christian culture. “The Holy Father spoke of the challenges in marriage, in family life, in growing secularization, in education, but I think there was a common theme amidst all the challenges, that where God does not exist, where he is taken out of culture, civilization itself … [Read more...]

Vatican rules sister’s sexual ethics book is not Catholic

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2012 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has declared that a book on sexual morality written by a controversial American sister runs so contrary to Church teaching that it cannot be considered Catholic. “The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith expresses profound regret that a member of an Institute of Consecrated Life, Sr. Margaret A. Farley, R.S.M., affirms positions that are in direct contradiction with Catholic teaching in the field of sexual morality,” says th … [Read more...]

Mary’s life reminds us to trust God’s plan, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 1, 2012 / 11:20 am (CNA).- The Virgin Mary’s docility to the will of God should remind everybody that the Lord has a plan for each of us, Pope Benedict XVI said at the conclusion of a Rosary vigil to mark the end of May. “The Magnificat is the hymn of praise that rises from humanity redeemed by divine mercy, rises from all the people of God; at the same time it is a hymn which denounces the illusion of those who believe they are lords of history, arbiters of their destiny,” he s … [Read more...]

Our ‘amen’ expresses trust in Christ, Pope teaches

Vatican City, May 30, 2012 / 12:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When Christians say “amen,” they are expressing their trust in the loving promise of God manifested in Jesus Christ, Pope Benedict said during his General Audience on Wednesday. “The Spirit, poured forth into our hearts, leads us to the Father, constantly making present God’s 'Yes' to us in Christ and in turn enabling us to say our 'Yes' – Amen! – to God,” the Pope told tens of thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square on May 30.  … [Read more...]

Pope is saddened by ‘Vatileaks’ case but trusts God

Vatican City, May 30, 2012 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a rare statement after today's general audience, Pope Benedict XVI said that while he is distressed by the “Vatileaks” case, the Church will not lack God's help for the trials it encounters. The series of events has included the arrest and prosecution of his butler for stealing and passing on to the press sensitive papal documents and the ongoing police hunt to find any accomplices. “The events which have occurred during these d … [Read more...]

Pope meets Costa Rican president, discusses defense of life

Vatican City, May 29, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI met with President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica at the Vatican, discussing a number of issues including the task of defending human life from the moment of conception.  The May 28 discussion came as Costa Rica faces continued pressure from the Inter-American Human Rights Court to legalize in vitro fertilization. The cordial talk between the two leaders on Monday focused on the excellent relationship between the Holy See and … [Read more...]


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