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...]

Plenary indulgence announced for the Year of Faith

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2012 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See announced Oct. 5 that Pope Benedict XVI has granted a plenary indulgence for the Year of Faith, which will last from Oct. 11, 2012 to Nov. 24, 2013.The decree announcing the indulgence was signed Sept. 14 by Cardinal Manuel de Castro, Major Penitentiary, and Bishop Kryzsztof Nykiel, Regent, of the Apostolic Penitentiary. The penitentiary is the part of the Roman Curia responsible for indulgences and governing the sacrament of … [Read more...]

Archbishop Muller stresses hope as SSPX talks hit impasse

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2012 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's doctrine head says hope must be maintained for full communion between the Society of St. Pius X and the Catholic Church, despite his telling a German radio network that talks with the society are off for now.“I’m always confident in our faith and optimistic. We have to pray for goodwill and for unity in the Church,” Archbishop Gerhard Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, … [Read more...]

Evangelization synod will be fueled by prayer

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2012 / 10:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A spirit of prayer will inspire the work of the forthcoming Synod of Bishops as it aims to create a roadmap for a new evangelization of historically Christian countries.“Prayer accompanies and animates every Synodal activity,’ said Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, at an Oct. 5 media briefing.He observed that every Christian is “invited to pray constantly, following the example of … [Read more...]


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