Vatican displays Rembrandt’s art for the first time

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time, the works of Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn will be displayed at the Vatican.Organized by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Swedish Embassy, the art show falls about a month after Pope Francis’ visit to Sweden marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.The display, entitled “Rembrandt at the Vatican: Images from Heaven and Earth,” is an … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis lauds Middle East effort to save local art and culture

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2016 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis endorsed a recent conference dedicated to the conservation and restoration of art and heritage within the Middle East, as a means to defend the rights of the human person. The Pope gave his support for the Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage Conference, which occurred at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, on Dec. 2-3. Supported by UNESCO, France and the UAE set up the conference in hopes of protecting the heritage of the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Don’t whitewash your sins – let God heal you

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2016 / 10:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Christmas approaches, don't downplay your sins, Pope Francis said. Instead, name them honestly in the Sacrament of Confession, open your heart, and ask the Lord to heal you from within.If we merely say: “yes, yes, I have some sins; I go, I confess…and then I go on as before,” we don't allow ourselves to be recreated by the Lord, the Pope said Dec. 5.It's as if we've applied “two coats of … [Read more...]

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Two parish priests chosen as next auxiliary bishops of Baltimore

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2016 / 07:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Upon accepting the resignation of Bishop Denis Madden, Pope Francis has appointed two priests to be the next auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Vatican announced Monday.“With gratitude to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, I warmly welcome the appointment of Monsignors Mark Brennan and Adam Parker as auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Baltimore,” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore expressed in a … [Read more...]

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Prepare for Christmas by conversion, Pope tells Advent Angelus crowd

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2016 / 07:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The proclamation of John the Baptist to “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand” is a joyful one that calls us to conversion, Pope Francis said today in his Angelus address on the second Sunday of Advent.Referring to the Gospel reading for the day from Matthew 3:1-12, the Pope noted that the proclamation of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus, is also repeated several times by Jesus himself throughout the Gospel … [Read more...]

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Vatican weighs in on power, limits of artificial intelligence

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This week the Vatican hosted a high-level discussion in the world of science, gathering experts to discuss the progress, benefits and limits of advances in artificial intelligence.A new conference at the Vatican drew experts in various fields of science and technology for a two-day dialogue on the “Power and Limits of Artificial Intelligence,” hosted by the Pontifical Academy for Sciences.Among the scheduled speakers were … [Read more...]

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Pope to global economic leaders: Remember the dignity of the human person

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2016 / 07:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an unprecedented event, Fortune 500 CEOs, members of the Time 100 and non-profit, academic, religious and labor leaders from throughout the world met in Rome to address the need for a global economic system that both encourages growth and aids the poor.The two-day forum focused on the theme “The 21st Century Challenge: Forging a New Social Compact.” Inspired by Pope Francis’ continual call to help the poor and … [Read more...]

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