Holy Spirit leads to truth amid relativism, Pope counsels

Vatican City, May 15, 2013 / 04:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As he looked ahead to Pentecost, Pope Francis spoke about the Holy Spirit’s role in guiding Christians to know Jesus, who is the Truth, in an age of relativism. “We live in an age rather skeptical of truth,” the Pope said, as he encouraged Christians to let themselves “be imbued with the light of the Holy Spirit, so that he introduces us into the Truth of God.” But “you cannot grab the truth as if … [Read more...]

Vatican announces its debut at Venice art festival

Vatican City, May 14, 2013 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is participating for the first time in a famous international art exposition in Venice under the theme “Creation, Un-Creation and Re-Creation,” with the aim of promoting modern dialogue on faith. The 55th edition of Venice’s Biannual Art Festival, known as the “Biennale di Venezia” in Italian, will take place June 1 to Nov. 24 and will bring together exhibits from 88 different countries. The … [Read more...]

Satan ‘always rips us off,’ Pope warns

Vatican City, May 14, 2013 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians who buy into Satan’s temptation to live selfishly get swindled, while those who live life as a “gift” to others are immersed in love and the Church community, Pope Francis said. “And, we must say, with Satan the payback is rotten. He always rips us off, always!” the Pope emphasized as he contrasted the kind of selfish living that the devil promotes with the generous way of living Jesus … [Read more...]

Vatican stats show continued growth in Africa, Asia

Vatican City, May 13, 2013 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican statistics released today show that the number of Asian and African Catholics is continuing its upward trajectory, while the Church in Europe is still shrinking. The number of religious excluding priests has risen 18.5 percent in Africa and a whopping 44.9 percent in Asia in just 10 years, according to the 2013 Pontifical Yearbook. The Yearbook, which was published May 13 and contains data from 2011, revealed Catholics still … [Read more...]

Spirit prevents ‘Nobel Prize for Holiness’ thoughts, Pope says

Vatican City, May 13, 2013 / 10:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Spirit helps Christians remember their personal history so they do not think they are “a winner of the ‘Nobel Prize for Holiness,’” Pope Francis said this morning. “And when a little vanity creeps in, when someone believes themselves to be a winner of the ‘Nobel Prize for Holiness,’ then memory is also good for us: ‘But ... remember where I took you from, the very least of the … [Read more...]

Popemobile trip surprises March for Life participants

Vatican City, May 13, 2013 / 08:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-lifers who had just finished the third annual Italian March for Life on Sunday were surprised to see Pope Francis coming toward them in the popemobile. “It was a great joy for us because we didn’t expect this at all, we just expected his message,” said March for Life organizer Virginia Coda Nunziante. “It was extraordinary because I met the people who unexpectedly saw him coming,” she told CNA on May … [Read more...]

Pope canonizes hundreds of Italian martyrs

Vatican City, May 12, 2013 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday canonized hundreds of fifteenth century Italian martyrs who died rather than renounce their Christian faith.“The martyrs’ faithfulness even unto death and the proclamation of the Gospel are rooted in the love of God that has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit,” said Pope Francis during the May 12 canonization Mass at the Vatican.He saw in their lives an inspiration for victims … [Read more...]


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