Vatican condemns killing of US Ambassador in Libya

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2012 / 08:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican voiced its “firmest possible condemnation” of the fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans including the ambassador to the country. “Nothing, in fact, can justify the activity of terrorist organizations and homicidal violence,” read the statement issued by Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. Sept. 13. “Along with our sadness, mourning … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict urges Christians to be ‘builders of peace’ in Middle East

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2012 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Only 48-hours before his Apostolic Visit to Lebanon begins, Pope Benedict XVI has called upon the Christians of the Middle East to help create peace in the troubled region. “I exhort all Christians of the Middle East, both those born there and the newly arrived, to be builders of peace and architects of reconciliation,” the Pope said at the conclusion of his General Audience at the Vatican Sept. 12. “Let us pray to … [Read more...]

Colombian bishops make Assisi pilgrimage to pray for peace

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of Pope Benedict's call for peace in Colombia, the country's bishops, who are in Rome for their ad limina visit, made a pilgrimage to the Church of St. Francis in Assisi to pray for reconciliation. For 25 years, the Bishops' Conference of Colombia has been encouraging Colombians to pray for peace, in their desire to see the country’s decades-long civil conflict come to an end.   On Monday, Benedict … [Read more...]

Our prayers are never wasted, Pope Benedict says

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2012 / 09:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI used his weekly General Audience to explain that there is no such thing as wasted prayer. “We can be sure that there is no such thing as a superfluous or useless prayer. No prayer is lost,” said the Pope to over 8,000 pilgrims in the Vatican’s Paul VI Audience Hall Sept. 12. “When faced with evil we often have the sensation that we can do nothing, but our prayers are in fact the first and most … [Read more...]

Vatican says Pope’s trip to Lebanon was never in doubt

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2012 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican says that Pope Benedict's apostolic visit to Lebanon Sept. 14-16 was never second-guessed, despite the civil war in neighboring Syria causing instability in the Middle East. “The completion of this trip has never been in question and it is a sign of willingness to go to this area as a sign of encouragement, support, and hope for peace in this context,” said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ at a press … [Read more...]

New Vatican recruit to help improve financial transparency

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2012 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has appointed a renowned Swiss lawyer to help it meet international standards of financial transparency, after a largely positive report by the European body that monitors such issues. “The time is ripe, not for a slackening of commitment, but for renewed efforts to respond to the report’s recommendations and ever more efficaciously pursue transparency and financial trustworthiness,” said Vatican spokesman … [Read more...]

‘Be opened’ sums up Christ’s mission, Pope says

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Sep 9, 2012 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says that the public ministry of Jesus Christ is encapsulated in one “small but very important” Aramaic word: “Ephphatha.”“‘Ephphatha – be opened,’ sums up Christ’s entire mission,” said the Pope in his midday Angelus address Sept. 9. “He became man so that man, made inwardly deaf and dumb by sin, would become able to hear the voice of … [Read more...]