Embrace peace, Pope tells massive prayer vigil

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2013 / 03:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing myriad people in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis denounced war as a “defeat for humanity” and called on world leaders and individual Christians alike to rebuild a “shattered” harmony.“Let us pray for reconciliation and peace,” the Pope exhorted the crowds. “Let us work for reconciliation and peace, and let us all become, in every place, men and women of reconciliation and … [Read more...]

Diverse Singapore parish blooming during Year of Faith

Singapore, Sep 7, 2013 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Through a special website and numerous events to help offer catechesis, Risen Christ parish in central Singapore has promoted spiritual growth for its diverse parishioners throughout the Year of Faith.“It is important for us that the Faith has to be shared and we can’t take it for granted,” Fr. John Sim, pastor and head of the Year of Faith committee at Risen Christ, told CNA Aug 31.When Benedict XVI announced the Year … [Read more...]

Pope Francis rejects false religiosity

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2013 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily on Saturday, Pope Francis reflected on the question of authentic Christianity and rejected the practice of focusing more on devotions than on Christ himself.Jesus is “the center” of faith, said the Pope. “A commandment is valid if it comes from Jesus: I do this because the Lord wants me to do this. But if I am a Christian without Christ, I do this and I don’t know why I have to do it,” he … [Read more...]

Pope Francis carries forward papal commitment to peace

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2013 / 06:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In calling for a day of fasting and prayer for peace on Sept. 7, Pope Francis is following a long tradition of Popes showing a deep commitment to peace.   There is “an evolution of the theology of peace” from the pontificate of Pope Pius IX to that of Pope Francis, says Jesuit Fr. Francesco Occhetta, of Italy’s “La Civiltà Cattolica” review.   From the mid- to late-1800s, Pope Pius IX … [Read more...]

War crimes tribunal suggested as alternative to strike on Syria

Washington D.C., Sep 6, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A ranking member of the U.S. House has proposed a war crimes tribunal as an alternative to military intervention in Syria so that perpetrators can be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons.“There is a compelling, moral imperative to immediately establish a comprehensive way to hold accountable all those on either side, including Assad, who have slaughtered and raped in Syria,” Rep. Chris Smith  (R-N.J.) … [Read more...]

Dominican Republic bishops call for purification after nuncio scandal

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sep 6, 2013 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of the Dominican Republic have voiced support for the investigation launched into accusations of sexual misconduct against the former nuncio to the country, Archbishop Józef Wesolowski. The bishops called for a “purification of the Church and for the removal of those who unworthily exercise this ministry and do not deserve to be called priests,” in a letter signed by Cardinal … [Read more...]

‘Un-gala’ fundraiser draws awareness to homeless ministry

Denver, Colo., Sep 6, 2013 / 02:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Putting a unique spin on a typical charity fundraiser, the young missionaries of Christ in the City recently hosted an “un-gala” to raise awareness of efforts to serve the Denver homeless.“For an “un-gala” gala, we wanted people to know first that we're going to ask for money, that's why we really used the term gala,” said project director Yvonne Noggle in a Sept. 5 interview with … [Read more...]