Advent a time to reflect on God’s saving work, Pope says

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians should use the time of Advent to become more aware of how God continues to carry out his plan of salvation in the world, Pope Benedict said Dec. 12. “God has left His Heaven and come down to earth for man; forged an alliance with him coming into the history of a people,” the Pope reflected Wednesday. “He is the king who came down to this poor province that is the earth, and gifted us with His visit, taking … [Read more...]

In first tweet, Pope blesses his million-plus followers

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2012 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI made his debut on Twitter today, sending out a greeting and a blessing as his first tweet to his “followers.”“Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart,” read his first tweet, sent around noon Rome time from the Paul VI Hall.He sent his tweet on a mobile tablet device at the end of his Dec. … [Read more...]

Cardinal Ouellet: Cultural renewal in Americas requires Mary’s message

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2012 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The message of Our Lady of Guadalupe promotes a culture of life and is at the center of the New Evangelization of the Americas, said Cardinal Marc Ouellet at a conference in Rome.“The fact that she appears, she doesn't have the child in her arms, because she has the child in her womb, it is a powerful message to our culture of death, where many babies die before coming to life,” Cardinal Ouellet remarked Dec. 11 at a … [Read more...]

Vatican spokesman calls China’s suspension of bishop ‘serious’

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2012 / 03:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chinese government has suspended a Catholic bishop who resigned from the government-run Catholic association, leading the Vatican's spokesman to describe the Holy See as deeply concerned. The controversy comes after the government-run Bishops' Conference of the Catholic Church of China  – which is not recognized by the Vatican – revoked auxiliary  Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin’s appointment as coadjutor … [Read more...]

Vatican official warns of mediocrity in American Christianity

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An official for the Vatican's Latin America commission has warned against a “gray pragmatism and mediocrity” that he believes has infiltrated Christianity in America. Professor Guzman Carriquiry, secretary for the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, made his remarks on Dec. 8, the first day of the International Congress Ecclesial in America taking place at the Vatican's Synod Hall. During his speech, … [Read more...]

Pope calls for renewed missionary spirit in the Americas

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2012 / 01:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The solution to the issues plaguing the American continent is to renew faith in Christ, Pope Benedict XVI said as he helped open a conference on the Church in the Americas.“A renewed missionary spirit and zealous generosity in your commitment will be an irreplaceable contribution to what the universal Church expects and needs from the Church in America,” Pope Benedict said.He made his remarks to participants in the Dec. … [Read more...]

Cardinal encourages creative Catholic unity across Americas

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2012 / 11:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, opened an international meeting on the Catholic Church in the Americas with a homily encouraging creative unity to advance new evangelization across two continents.“(T)here will not be a radiant and missionary Church in America without a solidarity that is more concrete and creative between the North and the South of the continent,” the … [Read more...]