Pope Francis: the path of ‘humiliation’ leads us to Jesus

Vatican City, Jan 7, 2014 / 10:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass homily Pope Francis touched on the importance of discerning what comes from God and what is false, emphasizing that the way of Jesus is always one of “humility.” “That is the path of Jesus Christ: abasement, humility, humiliation as well,” the Pope said Jan. 7, “if a thought, if a desire takes you along the road of humility and abasement, of service to others, is from … [Read more...]

Pope leaves voicemail for Carmelite nuns on New Years

Vatican City, Jan 7, 2014 / 05:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On New Year’s Eve, Pope Francis called a community of Carmelite sisters in Lucena, Spain to wish them a happy new year, and when they didn’t answer, he left a message saying that he would call back. "What are the nuns doing that they can't answer?" the Pope jested in his Dec. 31 message to the nuns, "I am Pope Francis, I wish to greet you in this end of the year, I will see if I can call you later. May God … [Read more...]

Catholic Charities helps Midwest poor through cold weather

Chicago, Ill., Jan 7, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As intense cold weather in the Midwest nears record low temperatures, local Catholic Charities affiliates are reaching out to those who are most in need. “Chicago is experiencing extremely dangerous and cold weather. We are anticipating some of the coldest weather on record,” Kristine Kappel, communications director for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, told CNA Jan. 6. “In weather like this our top … [Read more...]

Vatican spokesman: media manipulated Pope’s family comments

Vatican City, Jan 7, 2014 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's spokesman says some coverage of Pope Francis’ comment about a child of a same-sex couple is “forced” and a “manipulation” of his primary concern about evangelizing in new cultural environments. On Jan. 3, the Italian Jesuit periodical La Civilta Cattolica published a 14-page account of Pope Francis' Nov. 29 conversation with a group of superiors general from religious orders. While … [Read more...]

Veteran hospital’s ban on Christmas carols draws criticism

Augusta, Ga., Jan 7, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Veterans’ Affairs hospital in Georgia was wrong to bar Christmas carolers from singing religious songs, a religious liberty legal group has said. “By banning these Christmas carols, the VA is trampling the very religious freedoms our veterans have sacrificed so much to defend. Contrary to what hospital officials are claiming, they are disrespecting--not respecting – constitutionally protected religious freedoms,” … [Read more...]

Supreme Court halts ‘gay marriage’ in Utah pending appeal

Washington D.C., Jan 6, 2014 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay blocking “gay marriage” in Utah until the state can complete its appeal of a federal judge's order to recognize the unions. “The decision by a single federal judge to redefine marriage in Utah is lawless, and we are pleased that the Supreme Court has put this decision on hold to allow the state to appeal it in an orderly fashion,” said Brian Brown, president … [Read more...]

Bishop Pates visits Holy Land in hopes of encouraging peace

Washington D.C., Jan 6, 2014 / 03:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The US bishops' representative for international justice and peace is traveling to Palestine and Israel to support peace efforts in the region, and the Catholic Church in the Holy Land. “As I prepare to make a solidarity visit to the Middle East in support of the local Church caught in the midst of regional conflicts, I recall in a special way our Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi Christmas message in which he invoked the … [Read more...]