Koch grant consistent with Church teaching, CUA tells critics

Washington D.C., Dec 19, 2013 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic University of America has defended a $1 million gift from the Koch brothers against “presumptuous” criticisms that accepting the grant would cause scandal and obscure Church insight on economics. “The aim of the Charles Koch Foundation grant – to support research into principled entrepreneurship – is fully consistent with Catholic social teaching,” the university said in a Dec. 16 … [Read more...]

Two firms hired to advise Vatican on communications, finance

Vatican City, Dec 19, 2013 / 03:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has hired two international consulting firms to modernize Holy See communications and to improve financial procedures throughout the Vatican's agencies. “An advisory role has been entrusted to McKinsey & Company for the development – in close collaboration with the heads of the relevant offices – of an integrated plan to render the organisation of means of communication within the Holy See more … [Read more...]

Vatican newspaper launches redesigned website

Vatican City, Dec 19, 2013 / 01:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's newspaper, unveiled its revamped website Dec. 17, meant to broaden the reach of the paper and make it more friendly to social media. “More news, more photos, more sharing through social networks,” one of the paper's journalists, Piero Di Domenicantonio wrote in an editorial published Dec. 16, saying the publication “renews and broadens its online presence and the … [Read more...]

Year of Faith vivified parishes in American Samoa, priest reports

Pago Pago, American Samoa, Dec 19, 2013 / 07:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- According to a local priest, the Year of Faith was a significant kick start to the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago, which serves the 14,000 Catholics who live on the 76 square miles of islands comprising American Samoa. “The Year of Faith has brought a tremendous impetus of faith life into our parishes and in the pastoral mission of our diocese,” Fr. Faitau Lemantu, pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Alao, told CNA Dec. … [Read more...]

Humility is necessary for fruitfulness, emphasizes Pope

Vatican City, Dec 19, 2013 / 05:20 am (CNA).- Pope Francis focused his daily homily on the importance of acknowledging the need for God in our lives in order to be fruitful Christians. “Humility is necessary for faithfulness,” said the Pontiff on Dec. 19. “The humility to say to the Lord, ‘Lord, I am barren, I am a desert’ ...come to give us life, come to save us, because only You can. Alone, I cannot!” In order to stress God’s ability to bring … [Read more...]

Seeking hope, Central Africans pray novena for peace

Bangui, Central African Republic, Dec 19, 2013 / 04:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As severe violence continues to afflict the Central African Republic, Catholics are praying a novena for peace and encouraging forgiveness amid the “desolation.” Bishop Nestor Desiré Nogo Aziagbia of Bossangoa has said that his country is in “shambles” after a year of fighting and political unrest. “The Central African Republic has become a shadow of its former self,” said … [Read more...]

Vatican documents translated in Tongan spread Church teaching

Auckland, New Zealand, Dec 19, 2013 / 02:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest from the Polynesian country of Tonga has translated two Vatican documents into his native tongue, so as to deepen the faith life of his compatriots. “It is important to have the primary materials of faith in local languages so that the people can enter into a deeper dialogue with the teachings of faith that can touch the heart,” Fr. Lines Folamoelao, the translator, who is a priest of the Diocese of Tonga, … [Read more...]