Canon lawyer: German Church tax dispute needs more reflection

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2012 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading canon lawyer has called for further reflection on the German Church’s decision to refuse the sacraments and Christian burial to Catholics who do not pay the country’s Church tax.Dr. Edward Peters, a canon lawyer and the first layman to serve as a consultant to the Church’s highest court, explained that excommunication is invoked today “only against the gravest ecclesiastical offenses, things like … [Read more...]

Pope’s former butler could face four years in prison

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2012 / 03:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The trial of Pope Benedict's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, will begin Sept. 29 as he faces up to four years in prison for stealing confidential documents. According to the Vatican’s appeals court prosecutor, Giovanni Giacobbe, the trial will be public and the first hearing will take place before a three-judge panel.   Paolo faces a minimum sentence for “aggravated theft” of three years and a maximum of … [Read more...]

Pope to Catholic politicians: seek the common good

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the end of his general audience on Sept. 26, Pope Benedict called on Catholic politicians to work for the common good in accordance with Church teaching. During his remarks to attendees in St. Peter's square, the Pope reminded Catholic lawmakers “of the need to generously seek the common good of all citizens, in a way that is consistent with the convictions proper to the sons and daughters of the Church.” Pope … [Read more...]

The liturgy raises hearts to God like no other prayer, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2012 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict says that the public prayer of the Church, known as the liturgy, is a wonderful school of prayer which raises the human heart to God like no other form of worship. “It is in the liturgy that we ‘lift up our hearts,’ opening ourselves to the word of God as we gather with our brethren in a prayer which rises within us, and which is directed to the Father, through the Son, in the Spirit,” the Pope … [Read more...]

Americans represented among Synod of Bishops experts

Vatican City, Sep 25, 2012 / 03:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed 10 Catholics from the United States as advisers and auditors for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome. The gathering of 200 bishops from around the globe will take place at the Vatican Oct. 7-28 under the title of “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.” The experts and auditors are not voting members of the synod but are available to give advice and help to … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict says humility is the way of God

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Sep 23, 2012 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is calling upon Christians to follow the example of Jesus Christ in becoming “last of all and servants of all.” “A key point in which God and man are different is pride,” said the Pope during his Angelus address to pilgrims at Castel Gandolfo Sept. 23. “We, who are little, desire to appear great, to be first; while God, who is truly great, is not afraid to humble himself, and … [Read more...]

International conference examines meaning of marital union

Rome, Italy, Sep 22, 2012 / 05:09 pm (CNA).- Scholars at a two-day conference in Rome explored the beauty of God’s plan for the marital union and the importance of this union for individuals and society as a whole.“The goal of the conference is to examine, to analyze what the conjugal union really is,” said Father Jose Granados, of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, which organized the conference at the request of the Congregation for … [Read more...]


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