Vatican astronomer: science opens the door to dialogue

Vatican City, Nov 28, 2013 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading astronomer in the Vatican Observatory stated that the study of science provides a unique forum to discuss man’s deep and existential questions about the origins and meaning of life.“We in the astronomical community give the permission to everyone else to talk about their religious legs, and we discover it’s not all that different,” Br. Guy Consolmagno affirmed in a Nov. 22 interview with CNA.Br. Guy … [Read more...]

Pope warns of a ‘trivialized’ vision of death without hope

Vatican City, Nov 27, 2013 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of Christian death, emphasizing that the resurrection of Jesus gives it light, and cautioning against worldly ideas which can overcome us.“If we allow ourselves to be taken in by this mistaken vision of death, we have no other choice than that of hiding death, of denying it, or of trivializing it, so that it won’t make us afraid,” the Pope said in his Nov. … [Read more...]

Pope’s exhortation praised as a guide to Christian outreach

Vatican City, Nov 27, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' new document on the “joy” of evangelization is an opportunity for Catholics to re-examine how to share the gospel in today's world, several Catholic commentators note.“Pope Francis says the Church has to focus on what is essential and most beautiful, that everyone has to have a personal encounter with the saving grace of Christ,” Vatican media adviser Greg Burke said Nov. … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ meeting with Putin zeros in on Middle East

Vatican City, Nov 27, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Pope Francis and Russian president Vladimir Putin's first-ever meeting this week mostly focused on the Middle East, particularly on the ongoing Syrian conflict.   The president met with the pontiff Nov. 25 amid Putin's short visit to Italy – along with 11 ministers of his cabinet – to sign commercial agreements and have institutional meetings with government officials.   According to a Vatican press office statement, … [Read more...]

Pope’s document hailed as reshaping modern evangelization

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2013 / 01:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first apostolic exhortation, the uncommonly simple terminology of Pope Francis brings a fresh approach to the new evangelization, also giving a decisive direction to the Church’s mission, say Vatican officials.“Pope Francis speaks in a direct way, easy, communicative, in a way that quickly reaches the hearts and the minds of people,” said Archbishop Rino Fisichella in a Nov. 26 interview with CNA.Archbishop … [Read more...]

Pope backs male priesthood, urges ‘feminine genius’ in Church

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis reaffirmed Catholic teaching on male priesthood in his first apostolic exhortation, while calling for a broader application of the “feminine genius” in Church life.“The reservation of the priesthood to males, as a sign of Christ the Spouse who gives himself in the Eucharist, is not a question open to discussion,” he said, “but it can prove especially divisive if sacramental power is too closely … [Read more...]

Pope: Church’s teaching on abortion is unchangeable

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2013 / 05:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis explained that the Church can never change its teaching on abortion, which is part of a broader understanding of human dignity. At the same time, he said in the document released Nov. 26, the Church must increase efforts to “accompany” women in difficult pregnancies. “Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our … [Read more...]


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