Pope promotes rediscovering Rosary during Year of Faith

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2012 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is suggesting that families and parishes rediscover the prayer of the Rosary in the Year of Faith, which begins later this week.“With the Rosary, we allow ourselves to be guided by Mary, model of faith, in meditating on the mysteries of Christ, and day after day we are helped to assimilate the Gospel, so that it shapes all our lives,” the Pope said Oct. 7 in his Sunday Angelus comments.The Rosary, which … [Read more...]

Vatican’s prosecutor appointed as bishop for Malta

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2012 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict named Monsignor Charles J. Scicluna, the Vatican official in charge of prosecuting clergy abuse cases, as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Malta on Oct. 6.“I’m eager to be with my people and be a bishop for them – which means giving your life for them,” the bishop-designate told Malta's Sunday Times.He will be ordained a bishop on Nov. 24, and will assist Archbishop Paul Cremona as a … [Read more...]

Evangelization synod aims to reverse ‘tsunami of secularism’

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2012 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The 2012 Synod of Bishops on evangelization began its second day with a call for the Catholic Church to roll back the “tsunami of secularism” that has swept over modern society in recent decades.“It is almost as if this tsunami, this wave has washed across everything we lived by and simply took most of it away,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. told CNA on Oct 8.“We have experienced, I believe, in … [Read more...]

Pope opens bishops’ synod with universal call to holiness

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2012 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has formally opened the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization with a “universal call to holiness” aimed at all Christians worldwide.“Holy men and women bloom among the generous missionaries who announce the Good News to non-Christians, in the past in mission countries and now in any place where there are non-Christians,” said the Pontiff in his homily during Mass in St. Peter’s Square … [Read more...]

Pope opens bishops’ synod with universal call to holiness

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2012 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has formally opened the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization with a “universal call to holiness” aimed at all Christians worldwide.“Holy men and women bloom among the generous missionaries who announce the Good News to non-Christians, in the past in mission countries and now in any place where there are non-Christians,” the Pope said in his homily for the Oct. 7 opening Mass in St. … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict creates two new Doctors of the Church

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2012 / 10:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has named two new Doctors of the Church: the 16th century Spanish priest St. John of Avila and the 12th century German nun St. Hildegard of Bingen.St. John of Avila was “a profound expert on the sacred scriptures, he was gifted with an ardent missionary spirit,” said the Pope Oct. 7, “he knew how to penetrate in a uniquely profound way the mysteries of the redemption worked by Christ for … [Read more...]

Pope’s ex-butler sentenced to 18 months in prison

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2012 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Paolo Gabriele, the Pope’s former butler, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of stealing confidential Vatican papers -- but it is likely that the 46-year-old Italian will receive a pardon from Pope Benedict XVI.Eyewitnesses said that Gabriele sat impassively as Judge Giuseppe Dalla Torre handed down the sentence. The three-year prison sentence was reduced to 18 months due to “mitigating … [Read more...]


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