Vatican conference to examine Catholic identity in health care

Vatican City, Nov 13, 2012 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers announced Nov. 13 that its upcoming international conference will discuss how health facilities can maintain a Catholic identity in secular societies.The conference will be “devoted to the study of all aspects of hospitals as privileged spaces, to fulfill both individually and collectively the baptismal mandate” to minister to the sick in imitation of the Good Samaritan, the … [Read more...]

Pope creates academy to promote knowledge of Latin

Vatican City, Nov 12, 2012 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope is launching a new Pontifical Academy for Latin to help priests and academics deepen their knowledge and ability with the language."There is a pressing need for greater knowledge and more competent use of Latin in the ecclesial environment as well as in the world of culture at large," Pope Benedict XVI said on Nov. 10.The new academy was announced in a letter titled “Latina Lingua.” The document is known … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict highlights faith, charity bond

Vatican City, Nov 11, 2012 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Nov. 11 Angelus address, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on Sunday’s Mass readings featuring two poor widows who provide timeless models of faith and charity.“In today’s Gospel, the poor widow gives everything she possesses to the Temple,” the Pope said, as he addressed the crowd from the papal apartments overlooking a rainy St. Peter’s Square.“May her unconditional offering inspire us to … [Read more...]

Vatican computer tech convicted in press leaks trial

Vatican City, Nov 10, 2012 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Claudio Sciarpelletti has been sentenced to two months in prison by the Vatican court for his role in the theft of confidential papal documents in the so-called Vatileaks case.The court found the Vatican computer technician guilty Nov. 10 of aiding and abetting former butler to the Pope, Paolo Gabriele, in his theft of sensitive documents.Sciarpelletti was originally sentenced to four months in prison, but his sentence was reduced due … [Read more...]

Plans emerge for Pope’s personal Twitter account

Vatican City, Nov 9, 2012 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Just after holding the synod on the New Evangelization, Vatican officials say that Pope Benedict XVI will start his own Twitter account.The announcement of his new account, which may be launched by the end of the year, comes after bishops from around the world met in Rome to discuss ways to evangelize an increasingly secular world.At the evangelization synod of bishops, which concluded on Oct. 28, one of the messages that emerged was … [Read more...]

Pope prays for Guatemala earthquake victims

Vatican City, Nov 9, 2012 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI sent condolences to the victims of the Nov. 7 earthquake that killed at least 50 people in Guatemala, and offered prayers for the Central American nation. In message sent to the head of the Guatemalan bishops' conference, Bishop Rodolfo Valenzuela of Vera Paz, the Pope said he was “Deeply saddened to hear the painful news of the earthquake which has left many dead and injured, as well as immeasurable material … [Read more...]

Pope calls faith, reason dialogue essential to human freedom

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2012 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI said cooperation between science and faith is necessary for world peace and man's destiny, as he addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences this morning. “I am convinced of the urgent need for continued dialogue and cooperation between the worlds of science and of faith in the building of a culture of respect for man, for human dignity and freedom, for the future of our human family and for the long-term … [Read more...]