Pope finishes third volume on Jesus of Nazareth

Vatican City, Aug 3, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See's Press Office announced on Aug. 2 that Pope Benedict XVI has finished the third volume of his work on Jesus of Nazareth, which focuses on the infancy of Christ. Pope Benedict completed the text while on vacation at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo outside of Rome. According to the press office, the original German version is now being translated into diverse languages, and publication of the book is expected to … [Read more...]

Pope praying youth will answer call to evangelize

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2012 / 02:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With exactly one year to go until the 28th World Youth Day begins in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Benedict XVI is praying this August that young people will engage in evangelization.“That young people, called to follow Christ, may be willing to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel to the ends of the earth,” the official Vatican statement from July 31 says.Pope Benedict’s mission prayer intention echoes almost exactly the … [Read more...]

Vatican daily slams ‘confused’ Gates Foundation policies

Vatican City, Jul 30, 2012 / 08:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano has published an article sharply criticizing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for securing $4.6 billion dollars over the next eight years to promote contraceptives, starting in Africa. In her July 29 front-page story, reporter Giulia Galeotti said Melinda Gates, who self-identifies as Catholic, “has gone astray.” Gates, the wife of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, helped … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict urges end to bloodshed in Syria

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Jul 29, 2012 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI called for an immediate halt to “all violence and shedding of blood” in Syria during his weekly Angelus address on Sunday.“I ask God to give the wisdom of the heart, especially for those who have the greatest responsibilities, so that no effort is spared in the quest for peace, including the international community, through dialogue and reconciliation, for a proper political settlement of the … [Read more...]

Tourists welcome posting of priests in Vatican Museums

Vatican City, Jul 28, 2012 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The decision to make priests available inside the Vatican Museums to offer spiritual comfort to visitors has been generally welcomed by tourists in Rome.“I think it’s a good idea because they could answer a lot of questions if anybody is inspired and has questions about their faith,” 25-year-old Molly Sullens from San Diego told CNA as she exited an afternoon tour of the museums on July 27.“I think it’s a … [Read more...]

American exorcist-in-training shares his experience

Rome, Italy, Jul 25, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA).- “I never thought I’d end up doing this, no,” admits the middle-aged priest whose unexpected path to becoming an exorcist began while saying one of his first Masses after he was ordained 15 years ago.“At the moment of consecration of the precious blood I asked the Lord to shower his blood upon the youth and to help any young men who may have a vocation to the priesthood.”The instant reaction of one 13-year old … [Read more...]

Vatican urges vacationers to respect God’s creation

Vatican City, Jul 24, 2012 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is urging people to respect creation when they take their summer vacation, which will allow them to more easily encounter God.“We invite everyone to promote and use tourism in a respectful and responsible way in order to allow it to develop all of its potentialities, with the certainty that in contemplating the beauty of nature and peoples we can arrive at the encounter with God,” said the July 24 letter marking … [Read more...]