Pope: Fear of the Lord an alarm reminding us of what’s right

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2014 / 05:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience Pope Francis spoke on the Holy Spirit’s gift of Fear of the Lord, saying it does not mean we should be afraid of God, but rather serves as a reminder to do the right thing. “Fear of the Lord is an ‘alarm.’ When a person is not on the right path, he settles himself in evil,” the Pope explained in his June 11 audience in St. Peter’s Square. “When he distances himself … [Read more...]

Arab Christian witnesses grace of Pope’s prayer for peace

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The inter-faith prayer for peace in the Middle East held by Pope Francis last Sunday reminds us that peace is not a work of people but a work of God, said a key participant in the event.   An Arab Christian with Israeli citizenship, Margaret Karram was the only woman in the Holy See delegation for the prayer held in the Vatican's Gardens June 8.   “I have lived in the Holy Land most of my life, and when I arrived … [Read more...]

Critic slams ‘crazed claims’ about Ireland child burials

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 11, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Distorted claims about the burials of hundreds of children who died at an Irish home for unwed mothers show a trend of “exaggerations and myths” about injustices in the country's Catholic past, one commentator charged. The truth about the hundreds of children allegedly buried in a septic tank “was a very different story to the fact-lite, fury-heavy tale that had already gone round the world,” said Brendan … [Read more...]

DVD tells story of Knights of Columbus founder

New Haven, Conn., Jun 11, 2014 / 12:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A documentary about Venerable Michael McGivney, the 19th century priest who founded the Knights of Columbus, is now available on DVD. “At a time when Catholics and Catholic immigrants were being marginalized, Father McGivney saw the opportunity to bring the men of his parish together to strengthen their faith, to engage in charitable activities, and to protect their families,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights … [Read more...]

Vatican prayer meeting brings hope for Holy Land peace

Washington D.C., Jun 10, 2014 / 05:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ recent prayer meeting with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents is a call for peace in the region that may show fruit in improving relations, according to a panel of observers. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., pondered at a June 6 panel discussion whether Pope Francis, through the meeting, is “building up a constituency of reasonable people who maybe will make sacrifices … [Read more...]

Australia bishop: ‘Boat people are real people’

Wellington, New Zealand, Jun 10, 2014 / 03:28 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Oceania upheld their solidarity with those traveling across the water to seek asylum in Australia, known locally as "boat people," urging a “more humane approach” to their situation. Stressing that “boat people are real people,” Bishop Eugene Hurley of Darwin, Australia, remarked that “the giving of sanctuary has always been one of the noblest of human endeavors.” He warned … [Read more...]

Argentina team travels to World Cup with huge Pope Francis photo

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Jun 10, 2014 / 12:38 pm (CNA).- The Argentinean team playing for the World Cup is bringing with it a larger-than-life photo of the players with Pope Francis, at a meeting in the Vatican last year. The team hopes that the picture showing Lionel Messi and teammates with the Holy Father will “give a message of hope prior to the beginning of the World Cup,” reported the publication Diario Castellanos, which posted an image of the giant photo on … [Read more...]