Pope: Inconsistency in our actions causes Church scandal

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2014 / 01:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis spoke of the harm done when Christians don't practice what they preach, noting that this incoherence leads others away from the Church and often brings scandal. “When there is no Christian coherency, and you live with this incoherence, you're giving scandal. And the Christians that are not coherent are giving scandal,” the Pope said in his Feb. 27 Mass. Speaking to those gathered in … [Read more...]

Ukrainian Catholic Church sees growth in south of country

Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb 27, 2014 / 12:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new diocese of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has been established in southern Ukraine, following a decision to divide the former Archiepiscopal Exarchate of Odesa-Krym in two. On Feb. 13, Pope Francis confirmed the decisions of the synod of bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church regarding the Archiepiscopal Exarchate of Odesa-Krym. The exarchate was split into the Archiepiscopal Exarchate of Odesa, and the … [Read more...]

Judge strikes down Texas’ marriage definition amid criticism

Austin, Texas, Feb 27, 2014 / 11:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The state of Texas is appealing a ruling from a federal judge that could impose “gay marriage” in the state, as supporters of Texas’ marriage amendment argue that the ruling violates the rights of the state and its citizens. “We've seen a rash of these rulings in recent weeks, all making the same errors about binding Supreme Court precedents relevant to marriage and all issued by activist judges bound and … [Read more...]

Thai bishop’s soccer skills score goals of evangelization

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Feb 27, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The patronal feasts of parishes in a northeastern Thai diocese unite communities for Mass, prayer, processions – and friendly soccer matches. At the conclusion of the solemn Mass of parish patron, each community in the Diocese of Nakhon Ratchasima partakes of a festive agape-lunch that ends in the  joyous whistles of groups playing a game of futsal -- a variant of soccer played on a relatively small indoor court … [Read more...]

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, head of the Synod of Bishops

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the newly elevated cardinals is Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, who was in fact given a Pope Francis' own red biretta minutes after his election as Bishop of Rome. Cardinal Baldisseri was born in 1940 in the Italian town of Barga, and in 1963 was ordained a priest, while still only 22 years of age, for the Archdiocese of Pisa. He holds a license in dogmatic theology, a doctorate in canon law, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to new cardinal: ‘I love Korea’

Rome, Italy, Feb 26, 2014 / 06:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During the Feb. 23 Mass of Thanksgiving for the creation of new cardinals, Pope Francis offered words of affection for the newly-elevated South Korean cardinal’s home country.   “I love Korea,” were the unexpected words of Pope Francis at the sign of peace to Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-Jung, who recounted the moment later at a Feb. 25 press conference. The cardinal said he promptly replied, “The Korean people … [Read more...]

Trappist monks’ spirituality hailed as key to business success

Washington D.C., Feb 26, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A spiritual focus on generous service and community is the key to success for the Trappist monks, not only in their business ventures but in all of their pursuits, said a businessman closely acquainted with the order. Trappist monks build a culture of “service and selflessness” in their monasteries, which explains “why the monks are so successful not just in their business practices but in everything that they … [Read more...]


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