Vatican invites Usain Bolt to address religious liberty conference

Vatican City, Aug 31, 2012 / 02:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The world’s fastest man, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, has been invited to address a Vatican conference on religious liberty.“We look for a most fundamental common ground among different religions,” conference organizer Giovanna Abbiati told CNA Aug. 31. “Most of all we’d like to focus on the absolute value of religious freedom as a human right.”The TEDx Via della Conciliazione conference will be … [Read more...]

Vatican refuses to comment on cyber attack rumors

Vatican City, Aug 31, 2012 / 12:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is refusing to confirm or deny reports that it has once again been subject to a cyber attack by hostile hackers.“No comment,” said a two-word Aug. 31 statement from the Vatican Press Office in response to an inquiry from CNA.According to an Aug 29 report from FOX Business, the Vatican discovered this week that it had been victim to “a sophisticated and targeted cyber attack.” The internet … [Read more...]

Pope’s student circle examines dialogue with Anglicans, Lutherans

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 31, 2012 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The annual gathering of Pope Benedict’s former students has begun at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo and is examining the ecumenical dialogue the Catholic Church has with Lutherans and Anglicans.“The fact that the Holy Father has chosen this theme for the meeting this year is a sign that the ecumenical question is of primary importance for him,” said participant Cardinal Christoph Schönborn … [Read more...]

Prayer is best source of courage for facing hostile world, Pope says

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 29, 2012 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says the heroic sanctity of St. John the Baptist proves that a solid life of prayer is the best source of courage for Christians facing a modern world that is hostile to God and those who love him. “The martyrdom of St. John the Baptist reminds us, Christians of our time, that we cannot stoop to compromises with the love of Christ, his Word, the Truth. The Truth is the Truth and there is no … [Read more...]

Pontifical website aims to help lay Catholics worldwide

Vatican City, Aug 29, 2012 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Laity is positioning its website as a resource for lay men and women ahead of Pope Benedict's Year of Faith, which will kick-off in October. “It is directed to all the lay faithful that want to know more about their vocation, about their role within the Church,” Ana Cristina Betancourt of the Pontifical Council’s Women’s Section told CNA in Rome.  … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict: insincerity is ‘the mark of the devil’

Vatican City, Aug 26, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that a lack of sincerity in life is “the mark of the devil” as witnessed in the decision of Judas Iscariot to continue following Jesus Christ even after he had ceased to believe in him.“The problem is that Judas did not go away, and his most serious fault was falsehood, which is the mark of the devil. This is why Jesus said to the Twelve: ‘One of you is a devil’,” said the … [Read more...]

Pope urges laity to share Gospel with a world in darkness

Vatican City, Aug 24, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told a group of lay people this week that the world needs their courageous and credible testimony to bring the hope of the Gospel to all areas of society. In a message sent to the International Forum of Catholic Action in Iasi, Romania, the Pope reflected on the laity's responsibility to the Church and society, reported Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano. “Co-responsibility demands a change in … [Read more...]