Benedict XVI assures atheist of need for frank dialogue

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter to Italian mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi, who is an atheist, the former Pope, Benedict XVI, affirmed the professor's desire for open and honest dialogue as the path to truth. “Frankness is a part of dialogue; only in this way can knowledge increase,” the emeritus Pope reflected in his 11-page letter, portions of which were published Sept. 24 in Italian daily “la Repubblica.” Odifreddi … [Read more...]

Bombay archdiocese hosts seminar on beauty of stained glass

Bombay, India, Sep 27, 2013 / 12:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- To promote a revival of beautiful Christian art in India, the Archdiocese of Bombay has held a seminar on stained glass windows in local parishes, called “Windows of Faith.”“Stained glass brings in an ambiance of prayerful atmosphere, fostering sacred meditative reflections, and recalling a memory of the spiritual history of the Church,” said Father Warner D'Souza, director of the Bombay Archdiocesan Heritage … [Read more...]

Manhattan Declaration draws renewed commitment, prayers

Washington D.C., Sep 26, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Advocates of life, marriage and religious liberty united in New York on Wednesday to pray together and reaffirm their dedication to advancing foundational Christian principles of justice and the common good.The Christian position on marriage, life and religious freedom is “as it must be, a truly consistent ethic of love for all humans,” said Eric Teetsel, director of the Manhattan Declaration, a movement of Orthodox, … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez: conversion, mercy at heart of Pope’s interview

Los Angeles, Calif., Sep 26, 2013 / 04:13 pm (CNA).- In his weekly column, Archbishop José H. Gomez said that despite what secular media outlets have reported, the heart of the Holy Father’s interview is fostering a lively relationship with Christ. “Pope Francis knows that our faith journey begins in the encounter with God’s mercy – when the Lord looks upon us in mercy and calls us to follow him,” he wrote in his Sept. 26 column for the Archdiocese of Los … [Read more...]

Five appointments made to Pope’s liturgical celebrations office

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2013 / 10:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Sept. 26 that five men were appointed as consultants to the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. The office plans the ceremonies of Papal liturgies, and is headed by the Papal master of ceremonies, currently Monsignor Guido Marini. Those appointed are Fr. Silvano Maggiani, Fr. Corrado Maggioni, Fr. Giuseppe Midili, Monsignor Angelo Lameri, and Archimandrite Fr. Manuel Nin. Fr. Maggiani is … [Read more...]

‘Know Jesus,’ Pope urges during daily homily

Rome, Italy, Sep 26, 2013 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis stressed the importance of having a personal encounter with Jesus, and said that there are three languages needed in order to get to know him.“Some people begin to feel afraid of this man,” said the Pope in reference to Herod’s question of Jesus’ identity in the gospel, “because he could have led them to a political conflict with the Romans.”One might wonder, he said, … [Read more...]

Pius XII knew he would be misunderstood, theologian says

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2013 / 05:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest who knew Pius XII personally and had access to “every strip of paper” in the Vatican archives says the pontiff believed he did the right thing during the holocaust despite knowing he would be questioned. Ninety year-old Father Peter Gumpel, a former professor at the Gregorio University in Rome for 25 years, was simultaneously appointed as a Theological Consultant to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and as … [Read more...]