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 model with the 3D... 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,”... 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... 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... 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, but rather... 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... 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 forms of... Read more

Bishops laud Catholic Relief Services for Philippines aid

New Orleans, La., Jun 14, 2014 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Relief Services' chairman has affirmed the international aid agency's strength and effective representation of the bishops' conference, especially lauding its aid to the Philippines. “I can confirm that CRS, as the overseas international aid, relief, and development arm of this conference – representing us – is strong and representing us well in the Philippines and around the world,” Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said June 11 in... Read more

Knights of Columbus report record donations in 2013

New Haven, Conn., Jun 13, 2014 / 06:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus set new records in donations and volunteer hours in 2013, continuing its long-standing service programs and responding to several natural disasters. “Whether with funds or service, and whether quietly helping someone overcome a personal tragedy or assisting in the aftermath of a widely known humanitarian disaster, the outpouring of charity by our members produces meaningful results, especially by helping to bring peace... Read more

Synod on family is opportunity for teaching faith, archbishop says

New Orleans, La., Jun 13, 2014 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A consultation regarding the upcoming synod on the family highlights the need for a better teaching of the faith, the president of the U.S. bishops' conference said. “Unsurprisingly, we still have much ground to cover in sharing the good news of marriage and the family with our Catholic faithful,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville said June 11. “We know there is a need for greater, effective teaching on key... Read more