Rome church restoration boosted by unique 3D scanner

Rome, Italy, Jun 15, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Assisting in restoration and reconstruction for artists and architects alike, 3D scanner technology has recently been used to create unique point cloud models of churches and frescoes in Rome. “The technology of the laser scanner offers great advantages for the technician and the engineer that uses it, especially in terms of the time invested,” said Rome-based architect Danilo Prosperi. “The time it takes to create a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Europe is tired, must be rejuvenated

Rome, Italy, Jun 15, 2014 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a visit to a community dedicated to serving the poor and needy, Pope Francis warned of the poverty of Europe which faces a declining birthrate, hidden forms of euthanasia, and high rates of unemployment. “Today I speak of Europe. Europe is tired. We have to help rejuvenate it, to find its roots. It’s true: it has disowned its roots. It’s true. But we need to help it find them,” he said to the St. Egidio … [Read more...]

Pope invites Romans, pilgrims to Eucharistic procession

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2014 / 06:30 am (CNA).- During his Sunday Angelus remarks reflecting on divine love, Pope Francis invited all the Romans and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to join in a Eucharistic procession later this week. “Next Thursday, according to Roman tradition, we will celebrate holy Mass at St. John Lateran and then we will make a procession with the Blessed Sacrament. I invite Romans and pilgrims to participate in order to express our desire to be a … [Read more...]

Path to synod is ‘time of grace,’ bishop says

Rome, Italy, Jun 15, 2014 / 05:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official has said that the period before the upcoming bishops’ synods on the family will be a time of grace and prayer that allows the Church to pray and reflect about the family in all of its aspects. “We are all working on the family. We should rediscover the family as a domestic church. We are all anyway convinced that family is fundamental for life of society,” Bishop Fabio Fabene, the under-secretary of … [Read more...]

Teaching on marriage a matter of Gospel witness, archbishop says

New Orleans, La., Jun 14, 2014 / 03:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thanking his brother bishops for their work in supporting marriage around the United States, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone stressed the key role of marriage in spreading the Gospel. The San Francisco archbishop, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, explained that marriage “is not peripheral to the message of the Gospel of love for the poor, the sick, and the stranger, … [Read more...]

Pope’s World Mission Day message: Humanity needs Christ

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2014 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Day, which focuses on the continuing need for all Christians to proclaim the Gospel with joy to the many who have not heard of Christ’s saving work. “Humanity greatly needs to lay hold of the salvation brought by Christ. His disciples are those who allow themselves to be seized ever more by the love of Jesus and marked by the first of passion for the … [Read more...]

Live solidarity in a concrete way, urges Pope

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2014 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, Pope Francis met with an Italian group dedicated to the service of the poor, encouraging them to continue their concrete works of mercy rather than falling prey to the risk of becoming well-informed spectators. “It’s necessary that our words, our gestures, our attitudes express solidarity, the will to not remain extraneous to the sorrows of others, and this with fraternal warmth and without falling into some … [Read more...]