True Christians bear humiliation with ‘joy and patience,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2013 / 06:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the nature of what it means to be a Christian, saying that an authentic follower of Christ is able to endure difficulties with a positive attitude. The Pope imparted his message to those gathered in the Vatican’s Santa Marta guesthouse for his daily Mass on Sept. 27. Stressing the need and importance of sacrifice in the Christian’s life of faith, the Pope began his homily … [Read more...]

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Vatican seminar to explore John Paul II document on women

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for the Laity is slated to hold a study seminar on one of Blessed John Paul II's documents discussing the dignity of women and their role in modern society. Held from Oct. 10-11, the theme of the event is “God entrusts the human being to the Woman,” and is drawn from the late Pope's apostolic letter “Mulieris dignitatem.” The seminar is organized by the Council’s … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI assures atheist of need for frank dialogue

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter to Italian mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi, who is an atheist, the former Pope, Benedict XVI, affirmed the professor's desire for open and honest dialogue as the path to truth. “Frankness is a part of dialogue; only in this way can knowledge increase,” the emeritus Pope reflected in his 11-page letter, portions of which were published Sept. 24 in Italian daily “la Repubblica.” Odifreddi … [Read more...]

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Five appointments made to Pope’s liturgical celebrations office

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2013 / 10:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Sept. 26 that five men were appointed as consultants to the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. The office plans the ceremonies of Papal liturgies, and is headed by the Papal master of ceremonies, currently Monsignor Guido Marini. Those appointed are Fr. Silvano Maggiani, Fr. Corrado Maggioni, Fr. Giuseppe Midili, Monsignor Angelo Lameri, and Archimandrite Fr. Manuel Nin. Fr. Maggiani is … [Read more...]

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‘Know Jesus,’ Pope urges during daily homily

Rome, Italy, Sep 26, 2013 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis stressed the importance of having a personal encounter with Jesus, and said that there are three languages needed in order to get to know him.“Some people begin to feel afraid of this man,” said the Pope in reference to Herod’s question of Jesus’ identity in the gospel, “because he could have led them to a political conflict with the Romans.”One might wonder, he said, … [Read more...]

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Pius XII knew he would be misunderstood, theologian says

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2013 / 05:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest who knew Pius XII personally and had access to “every strip of paper” in the Vatican archives says the pontiff believed he did the right thing during the holocaust despite knowing he would be questioned. Ninety year-old Father Peter Gumpel, a former professor at the Gregorio University in Rome for 25 years, was simultaneously appointed as a Theological Consultant to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and as … [Read more...]

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Like Benedict, Pope Francis doesn’t want Church of ‘moralists’

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2013 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope Francis’ mention of the Church’s priorities in a recent interview grabbed worldwide attention, few remember that Benedict XVI said substantially the same thing seven years ago.Pope Francis' interview with La Civiltà Cattolica published Sept. 19 led to headlines such as CNN's “Pope Francis says religion does not have the right to interfere spiritually in the lives of gays and lesbians” and … [Read more...]

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