Pope Francis draws non-believers to notice Gospel, cardinal says

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2013 / 01:47 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, said that in the first six months of his pontificate Pope Francis “has gotten the world, and non-believers as well, to focus their attention on the Gospel.” In an interview with Madrid-based news agency Europa Press published Oct. 17, Cardinal Ravasi said this fact is part of the reform that the Pope is carrying out at the pastoral level, but … [Read more...]

Pope: Mary is united to Christ in the ‘martyrdom’ of her heart

Rome, Italy, Oct 23, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, the Pope continued his catechesis on the Church, reflecting today on the importance of Mary as an example of how to respond to God’s plan with fidelity.“She is also a model of union with Christ, be it in her daily duties, be it in the way of the Cross, until she unites herself with Him in the martyrdom of the heart.”Pope Francis directed the words of his Oct. 23 general audience to the … [Read more...]

Report on theology society both ‘encouraging, saddening’

Washington D.C., Oct 23, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A spiritual theology professor has said that an internal report acknowledging the Catholic Theological Society of America excludes more-orthodox and conservative thinkers is regrettable, yet an opportunity for change in the group. The National Catholic Reporter recently published a May 15 report of the Catholic Theological Society of America's committee on theological diversity, which said, “the self-conception of many … [Read more...]

Archbishop Müller affirms Catholic marriage, urges care for divorced

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s head official on doctrinal matters has reaffirmed that Catholics in irregular marital unions after divorce cannot receive communion, but he urged that this means it is “all the more imperative” to show “pastoral concern” for them.“The path indicated by the Church is not easy for those concerned,” Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of … [Read more...]

Be pro-life unconditionally, Denver archbishop says

Denver, Colo., Oct 23, 2013 / 12:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver urged Catholic medical workers to be “unconditionally” pro-life witnesses, criticizing those who support abortion and other forms of medical killing in the name of conscience. “Any time anyone takes the life of an unborn child, or promotes assisted suicide or euthanasia, or treats others as though they can be thrown away, their conscience is deadened and erroneous, and they are not … [Read more...]

Religious liberty ambassador’s resignation raises concerns

Washington D.C., Oct 22, 2013 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The reported resignation of  Suzan Johnson Cook as U.S. ambassador for international religious freedom is an chance for the Obama administration to address the issue, but some are dubious that real changes will be made. “If the position remains vacant, or if it is filled with someone not qualified to move this issue into the mainstream of diplomacy, that will confirm the views of the critics – including me – … [Read more...]

Catholic patriarch fears extremist slant of Syrian rebel groups

London, England, Oct 22, 2013 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch has said that the success of Syrian rebels could worsen the plight of Christians because of the extreme Islamist elements among the rebel forces. “The extremists are against even the normal rebel opposition,” he said Oct. 16, according to the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph. “This is an issue for Muslims as well as Christians. I am not afraid of Islam, I am just … [Read more...]


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