Pope Francis: Christians must guard against slyness of the devil

Rome, Italy, Oct 11, 2013 / 10:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Oct. 11 daily Mass homily, the Holy Father warned of the discreet presence of the devil, exhorting those gathered to be astute in their spiritual lives.“We must always be on guard,” exhorted the Pope to those who attended Mass in the Vatican’s Santa Marta guesthouse, “on guard against deceit, against the seduction of evil.”Referencing the day’s gospel reading, in which Jesus has just healed a … [Read more...]

Mary ‘can only bring us to God,’ expert says as entrustment nears

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2013 / 07:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Anticipating Pope Francis' entrustment of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Oct. 13, a specialist in Marian apparitions reflected on how the Blessed Mother serves to bring people to Jesus. “It is necessary to have recourse to the Virgin because she can only bring you to God. That's her whole mission. She has nothing of self in it at all. She lives only for God and to bring you to God,” said Marian expert … [Read more...]

Teach society to respect life, Archbishop Gomez tells teens

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 11, 2013 / 04:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez encouraged a gathering of thousands of teens to deepen their respect for all human life and to show society how to reach out in love and compassion to all those in need.“Our job as Christians is to show our society a new way. A way of love. A way of welcoming and hospitality,” he said Oct. 9.He stressed the need to defend “the sanctity and the dignity of all human … [Read more...]

Bill introduced to show abortion charges in insurance exchanges

Washington D.C., Oct 11, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A bill newly introduced in the House of Representatives would enable individuals to determine if they are paying a surcharge for abortion under the health care exchanges available under the Affordable Care Act.The Affordable Care Act “requires premium payers to be assessed an abortion surcharge every month to pay for abortions,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said at an Oct. 9 press conference.“But many pro-life … [Read more...]

Debate over reforming synod of bishops stretches back decades

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2013 / 12:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The vision of reforming the synod of bishops, an effort undertaken by Pope Francis, goes back to at least Pope Paul VI, who had even broader ideas for the synod, according to a leading Vatican analyst.The synod of bishops, which acts as an advisory body to the Pope, was established by Paul VI in 1965 by the motu proprio Apostolica sollicitudo to “strengthen (the Pope's) union” with other bishops and to “establish … [Read more...]

Catholic Charities faces challenges from government shutdown

Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2013 / 05:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. government shutdown continues, nonprofit aid groups such as Catholic Charities are feeling an added strain on their work at the national and local levels.“While some may wonder what effect political disagreements in Washington, D.C., could have on people in need across our country,” explained Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, “the truth of the matter is that uncertainty, furloughs, … [Read more...]

Pope praises Knights of Columbus for their charity, ‘unfailing support’

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2013 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent audience, Pope Francis encouraged the Knights of Columbus to continue working towards the renewal of society through their charitable efforts, prayer and the witness of their lives.Meeting with the organization’s Board of Directors on Oct. 10, the Pope thanked the Knights for their prayers on his behalf.“On this occasion I also wish to express my gratitude for the unfailing support which your Order has always … [Read more...]