Pope Francis: the hands of God are ‘blistered by love’

Vatican City, Nov 12, 2013 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis recalled how God formed man with his own hand, emphasizing that he is a father who seeks to console his children rather than hurt them. “Jesus, God, has taken his wounds with him: he makes them visible to the Father. This is the price: The hands of God are hands blistered by love! And this consoles us much,” the Pope stated during his Nov. 12 daily homily. The pontiff directed his … [Read more...]

Costa Rica ambassador praises ‘paternal’ heart of Pope Francis

Vatican City, Nov 12, 2013 / 09:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Costa Rican ambassador to Italy praised Pope Francis for his example and attention to the poor, speaking also of the many visible fruits in the country's relationship with the Vatican. “We are absolutely marveled, absolutely happy he has been selected, because His Holiness has an attitude...so beautiful, so paternal, so open,” Ambassador Jaime Feinzaig reflected in a Nov. 8 interview with CNA. Feinzaig has held the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Kurtz elected president of US bishops’ conference

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2013 / 07:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville as its next president, giving national prominence to a prelate with significant experience in Catholic social services.Archbishop Kurtz, 67, has served as the conference vice president since 2010. He was elected conference president at the conference’s fall assembly in Baltimore the morning of Nov. 12. He will serve a three-year … [Read more...]

French movement to protect marriage is welcoming of all

Washington D.C., Nov 12, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A French movement dedicated to the understanding of marriage as an institution between a man and a woman has assembled a large coalition that respects all persons, regardless of political affiliation or sexuality.The question of marriage is “not a question of religion, faith, political opinion; it's a question of life,” Ludovine de La Rochère, president and founder of La Manif Pour Tous, said in a Nov. 1 … [Read more...]

Cardinals: poverty, religious freedom are part of Church’s social message

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2013 / 01:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ message of concern for the poor is one that is echoed in the U.S., as part of a robust Catholic social teaching that cares for immigrants, the unborn and the religiously persecuted, said two cardinals.“The message has been so consistently a message of social concern,” explained Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C.He explained that “sometimes the spotlight will focus on one aspect of the … [Read more...]

Bishops asked to hold collection for Typhoon Haiyan relief

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2013 / 12:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Bishops gathered at their fall general assembly in Baltimore were asked to hold a special collection for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which has caused devastation in Southeast Asia.The number of fatalities has been estimated at 10,000 in the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan one of the largest storms in recorded history, struck on Nov. 8.However, Dr. Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, said reports on the … [Read more...]

Synod, evangelization discussed at bishops’ meeting

Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2013 / 08:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During the first day of their fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops discussed themes and priorities for their work as a whole, including evangelization, the family and Catholic education.The bishops listened on Nov. 11 to remarks from apostolic nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò and conference president Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan on the importance of Christian witness and international religious freedom.They heard a … [Read more...]