Charity isn’t just helping others – it’s a way of life, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2015 / 08:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told an audience of Haiti earthquake survivors and relief agencies that restoration is only possible when communities unite in charity, tearing down walls of individualism and focusing on others. “Charity is even yet more authentic and more incisive when it is lived in communion,” the Pope told audience attendees Jan. 10. Communion, he said, “shows that charity is not merely about helping others, but is … [Read more...]

Religious extremism or fruit of nihilism? Vatican newspaper questions terrorism

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2015 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the attack on the French magazine 'Charlie Hebdo’, the Vatican's newspaper has commented  that behind these ‘inhuman acts’ is an undeclared nihilism, which can be glimpsed through the exaltation of suicide and the evident drive to death. “The totalitarian collectivism aim at the destruction of humanity and to its self-annihilation. A dark soul beats from the deep of this ideological hell, … [Read more...]

Vatican theologians reportedly recognize martyrdom of Oscar Romero

Vatican City, Jan 9, 2015 / 11:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- According to Italy's daily Catholic newspaper, the commission of theologians at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has recognized the 1980 assassination of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero as a martyrdom. “According to canonical practice, all that remains for the beatification is the judgement of the commission of bishops and cardinals and finally the approbation of the Pope, concluding the procedure that would soon … [Read more...]

Pope: Spend a lot of time looking in the mirror? You might be a narcissist

Vatican City, Jan 9, 2015 / 07:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Friday Pope Francis cautioned against the narcissism of those who close their hearts out of fear, insecurity or vanity, saying that only the Holy Spirit can make us docile and open to love. “We have ‘mirror men and women’ (who are wedded to their own image in the mirror), who are closed in on themselves and are constantly looking at themselves, right? These religious narcissists, right?” the Pope told … [Read more...]

French imams, Vatican: ‘Without freedom of expression, the world is in danger’

Vatican City, Jan 8, 2015 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- French imams visiting the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue released Thursday a joint communique condemning the attack on Charlie Hebdo and calling for freedom of expression. “Without freedom of expression, the world is in danger,” the Jan 8. statement reads. It also asked that the media provide information which is “respectful of religions.” Signed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the … [Read more...]

Pope urges prayers for victims, assailants of ‘cruel’ Paris attack

Vatican City, Jan 8, 2015 / 09:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ first words at  Mass on Thursday were a prayer for the victims of yesterday’s attack on employees of a satirical newspaper in Paris, with a plea for the assailants’ conversion. “The attack yesterday in Paris makes us think of so much cruelty – human cruelty – so much terrorism, both isolated terrorism and terrorism of the state. Of how much cruelty is man capable!” the Roman … [Read more...]

Pope Francis is all about the new evangelization, says expert

Vatican City, Jan 8, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With a style that meets the need for a new missionary zeal, Pope Francis is representative of the new evangelization, says one theologian and guest speaker for the upcoming annual gathering of Ratzinger's former students. “The new style represented by Pope Francis is the first to merit the title of new evangelization,” said Msgr. Tomas Halik in an interview with CNA. “If this progress, which has aroused so much … [Read more...]