Evangelization more than strategy, cardinal-designate says

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2012 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new cardinal-designate said he was encouraged by the recent bishops' synod in Rome, which emphasized an encounter with the risen Christ as the basis of all evangelization. What “caught my attention in the synod was the desire of everyone to make evangelization not so much a strategy but a living encounter with the living Lord,” Archbishop Luis A. Tagle of the Philippines told CNA Oct. 29. “I guess in the past … [Read more...]

Pope urges respect for rights of migrants, refugees

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2012 / 09:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released Pope Benedict's message for the upcoming ninety-ninth World Day of Migrants and Refugees, in which he urged global respect for those forced to leave their homelands. “Every migrant is a human person who, as such, possesses fundamental, inalienable rights that must be respected by everyone and in every circumstance,” the Pope said Oct. 29, quoting his 2009 encyclical “Caritas in … [Read more...]

Vatican condemns sex abuse in wake of Jimmy Savile revelations

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2012 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has reiterated condemnation of sexual abuse following allegations against deceased British TV star Jimmy Savile, who during his life was given a papal knighthood for his charity work. “The Holy See condemns in the strongest terms the heinous crimes of sexual abuse of children, takes very seriously what has come to light about Jimmy Savile,” said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi on Oct. 27. “It … [Read more...]

Faith overcomes spiritual blindness, Pope says at synod close

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2012 / 11:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Mass on Sunday closing the bishops' synod on the new evangelization, the Pope reflected on the need for faith in overcoming spiritual blindness and also appealed on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Drawing from the day's Gospel of Mark reading, the Pope noted that Christ curing the blind man Bartimaeus “is the last miraculous healing that Jesus performs before his Passion, and it is no accident that it should … [Read more...]

Cardinal O’Brien calls for witness to Jesus’ empty tomb

Rome, Italy, Oct 27, 2012 / 02:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien took possession of his titular church, St. Sebastian on the Palatine Hill, he called on Catholics to imitate Saint Sebastian's witness to the resurrection of Christ.“The Sepulchre is empty, and whether in 3rd century Rome or 21st century suffering Christian Palestine, His followers are willing to stake their lives on the fact both of the empty tomb and of the living Christ,” the cardinal … [Read more...]

Evangelization synod hits optimistic note in message to faithful

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2012 / 12:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The synod of bishops on the New Evangelization released a “message to people of God” Oct. 26, emphasizing hope in the face of an increasingly secular culture, because Christ promises salvation.Addressed to all “people of God,” the nearly 7,000-word proclamation focused on the theme that all the problems confronting the Church throughout the world – from evil expressed in bloody persecutions to the deadening … [Read more...]

Pope’s former butler goes to prison

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2012 / 11:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today the Pope’s ex-butler was taken to prison for stealing his boss’ private documents and leaking them to the press in the so-called “Vatileaks” scandal.“The sentence in the trial of Paolo Gabriele, which has now become final, puts a full stop to the end of a sad affair which has had very painful consequences,” read an Oct. 25 announcement from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State.Gabriele was … [Read more...]