Pope Francis: God always prepares us for our mission

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2014 / 10:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the mission given to each of us personally by God.  “When the Lord wants to give us a mission, wants to give us a task, He prepares us. He prepares us to do it well, as he prepared Elijah,” the Pope explained in his June 13 daily Mass. “The most important part of this…is the whole journey by which we arrive at the mission the Lord entrusts to … [Read more...]

Full text of Pope Francis’ Interview with ‘La Vanguardia’

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2014 / 07:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an interview granted with Spanish-language magazine "La Vanguardia" on Monday, Pope Francis lauded Pius XII for his efforts in saving Jews, discussed Orthodox-Catholic relations, as well as the motivations behind his prayer meeting at the Vatican last Sunday. Below, please find the full text of his interview in English: Interview with Pope Francis: “One has to take the secession of a nation with grain of … [Read more...]

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ hailed for themes on suffering, love

Washington D.C., Jun 13, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Bestselling movie and book “The Fault in Our Stars” provides material to think more deeply about belief and skepticism – as well as the lessons on suffering and vulnerability that the terminally ill can teach us, clergy and cultural observers say. “Pain demands to be felt – we need to face pain honestly, and we can't sugarcoat it,” said Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, a professor of Theology and Religious … [Read more...]

Forensic experts attempt to reconstruct face of St. Anthony

Rome, Italy, Jun 13, 2014 / 02:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The University of St. Anthony of Padua’s Anthropology Museum, together with a team of international forensic researchers, have attempted to reconstruct the face of St. Anthony using only a digital copy of his skull. Using the latest 3D technology, the researchers worked to recreate the saint’s face, which they say is “one of the most faithful reconstructions of the face of St. Anthony.” The face was presented on … [Read more...]

European court narrowly affirms Catholic religious freedom

Strasbourg, France, Jun 13, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the European Court of Human Rights has allowed a bishop to set standards for Catholic religion teachers in Spain, some say the threat of government interference still gives cause for concern. “If government can dictate who teaches a particular religion, then government can dictate what the content of that religion is,” Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel at the U.S.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, … [Read more...]

New evangelization must zero-in on poverty, lawyer says

New Orleans, La., Jun 12, 2014 / 06:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The call of Benedict XVI and Pope Francis to connect the issues of poverty and the new evangelization has come not a moment too soon, George Mason law professor Helen Alvare told the U.S. bishops June 12. Speaking at the U.S. bishops’ Spring General Assembly in New Orleans, Alvare presented three themes which the last two Bishops of Rome have proposed in linking service to the poor with the new evangelization. The first was … [Read more...]

Bishops embrace Pope Francis, Benedict in voting document

New Orleans, La., Jun 12, 2014 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The updated voting guide issued by the U.S. bishops will maintain Church teaching as explained by both Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, said leading bishops at a recent gathering. “Pope Benedict, in his encyclical entitled ‘God Is Love’ showed how the proclamation of the Gospel and the celebration of the sacraments leads seamlessly to the service that the Church provides to the poor and the vulnerable and the common … [Read more...]