Pope Francis: scandals ‘poison’ and deny the ‘bread of life’

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2014 / 08:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis addressed the issue of various scandals that happen within the Church, emphasizing that they occur when we no longer have a true relationship with God. When we are corrupt “we do not give the Bread of Life to eat,” the Pope explained in this Jan. 16 daily Mass, but “many times, we…offer a poisoned meal!” The pontiff centered his homily, addressed to those present in the … [Read more...]

Designer says it was an honor to present nativity to Pope

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2014 / 04:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The man in charge of constructing this year’s nativity scene for the Vatican expressed his delight at giving to Pope Francis the nativity he designed, which, he noted, has a special historical significance. “We had the honor of being in a private audience with the Pope” and with “Cardinal Sepe on Dec. 23” nativity designer Antonio Cantone told CNA in a Jan. 14 interview, where “we presented our … [Read more...]

New York cultural event delves into meaning of relationship

New York City, N.Y., Jan 16, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The upcoming New York Encounter cultural festival will explore the dynamic between “I” and “We” – individuals and community – and how the human person finds fulfillment only in relationship. “It's a very human and common experience, realizing that you can't exist by yourself; you don't even call your own name: you need another one, to be called,” Maurizio Maniscalco, … [Read more...]

Engaged couples to meet with Pope on Valentine’s Day

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for the Family is promoting a special encounter between Pope Francis and couples who have been engaged, which will take place on the upcoming feast of Saint Valentine. Invited to the meeting with the Pope are those couples “who have already attended, or are currently going through their marriage preparation courses,” the council's webpage states. Couples who meet these qualifications will gather … [Read more...]

Priest dismissed from Society of Jesus had ‘lost his way’

Baltimore, Md., Jan 16, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Father John Dear, a longtime activist for peace and nonviolence who has been dismissed from the Jesuits, is impassioned yet wayward according to a source long familiar with the Society of Jesus. Fr. Dear was recently dismissed from the order for disobedience, after failing to respond to a request from his superior to reside in Baltimore. “I'm not unsympathetic, but…when you join the Jesuits, or any religious order, it … [Read more...]

Social hostilities toward religion reached six-year high in 2012

Washington D.C., Jan 15, 2014 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Social hostilities related to religion climbed to a six-year peak in 2012, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. One-third of the 198 countries and territories in the Pew Research Center’s study had “high” or “very high” social hostilities involving religion, an increase from 29 percent in 2011 and 20 percent in 2007. Some of these countries are very populous. Collectively, they are home … [Read more...]

AK-47 designer felt ‘unbearable’ pain for rifle deaths

Moscow, Russia, Jan 15, 2014 / 03:03 pm (CNA).- According to a Russian daily, Mikhail Kalashnikov wrote a letter more than six months before his death expressing repentance for his design of the AK-47 assault rifle. “My spiritual pain is unbearable,” Kalashnikov wrote in a letter to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill I, according to the Jan. 13 issue of Izvestia. “I keep having the same unsolved question: since my rifle killed people, can it be that I... a … [Read more...]