Educate girls to the ‘beauty and grandeur of their vocation’ – Pope Francis

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2015 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday praised Catholic girl scout leaders’ “absolutely crucial” role in educating women for their vocation and responsibilities in a world of ideologies that work against God and treat women as inferior. “Today it is very important that womanhood be properly appreciated … we are in a world where we see the spread of ideologies contrary to nature and God’s design for the family and … [Read more...]

A hope for peace: Vatican, Palestine sign treaty protecting religious liberty

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2015 / 02:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The comprehensive agreement signed on Friday by the Holy See and the State of Palestine may serve the twofold goal of stimulating peace in the Middle East and providing a model for similar treaties with other Middle East countries. The text of the treaty was agreed upon May 13, and the document was signed June 26 in the Apostolic Palace by Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States (the Vatican's 'foreign … [Read more...]

Pope exhorts future Vatican diplomats to bring Christ’s face to the world

Vatican City, Jun 25, 2015 / 05:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told the graduating class of Holy See ambassadors on Thursday that their main mission is to be Christ’s representatives to the world. “It is not possible to represent someone without reflecting their features, without evoking their face,” he said June 25 at the Vatican's Consistory Hall. What does the face of Christ look like in the world? Truth and love, the Holy Father said. “Jesus said, … [Read more...]

For Archbishop Chaput, Vatican synod, Philly family meeting providentially linked

Vatican City, Jun 25, 2015 / 03:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia sees a providential link between September’s World Meeting of Families and October’s Synod on the Family. As a participant in both, he says the fresh experience from Philadelphia will be on his mind as he enters the Vatican Synod hall mere weeks later. "I’m blessed with the opportunity of going to the Synod, and (the World Meeting of Families) is certainly going to impact … [Read more...]

Cardinal sends Ramadan wishes to suffering Muslims, rebukes religious violence

Vatican City, Jun 25, 2015 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an oblique rebuke to the Islamic State and other militants, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran has wished Muslims a peaceful and joyful Ramadan and acknowledged the pain of those who have suffered or died because of violence. “With Pope Francis, we wish you that the fruits of Ramadan and the joy of Eid al-Fitr may bring about peace and prosperity, enhancing your human and spiritual growth,” Cardinal Tauran, president of the … [Read more...]

Synod on the Family’s working document sets the stage for spirited discussion

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- That the discussion at October's Synod on the Family is going to be a lively one is indicated by the fact that the most controversial paragraphs of the final report from last year's synod are included in the working document which was released Tuesday. At a June 23 press conference presenting the instrumentum laboris, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, noted that it is “based on the … [Read more...]

Pope to families: If you hide your problems, they’ll only get worse

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2015 / 06:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Family wounds that aren’t dealt with in a healthy and timely manner can have devastating effects on both spouses and children, Pope Francis has said, and encouraged wounded families to work toward healing without letting bitterness build up. “We know well that every family on occasion suffers moments when one family member offends another,” the Pope told pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square for his June 24 … [Read more...]