God is a father who never disowns his children, Pope affirms

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2014 / 12:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis compared the love of God to the two fathers in the day's readings, saying that God is a parent who “weeps” for his children and desires them to be close to him. “This is the heart of a father, who never disowns his own son,” the Pope said in his Feb. 4 Mass, referring to the Old Testament account of David's sadness at hearing of the death of his son. Using this image of … [Read more...]

Churches offer refuge to Indonesians fleeing volcano

Medan, Indonesia, Feb 4, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a Feb. 1 volcanic eruption on the Indonesian island Sumatra, the local Church has been providing shelter and assistance to those affected by the tragedy. Mount Sinabung's sudden eruption on Saturday morning spewed smoke, ash and rocks 1.5 miles into the air and engulfed several nearby villages in ash. At least 16 people have been killed by the eruption, which occurred 55 miles south of Medan. “We hope the … [Read more...]

Pope’s Lenten message highlights poverty of Christ

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2014 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first message for the Lenten season, Pope Francis focuses on the poverty of Christ in becoming man, emphasizing that it is our duty to give the same humble witness in our care for the poor. Announced in a Feb. 4 press conference, the Pope’s Lenten message was read by Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” the council that presents the pontifical message each year. Taking his … [Read more...]

Rural school embraces classical education, Catholic identity

Sterling, Colo., Feb 4, 2014 / 04:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic grade school on Colorado's eastern plains is working to adopt a classical curriculum, in the hopes of revitalizing the school community and providing a well-rounded formation for its students. “We decided we needed to re-explore our Catholic roots in education,” said Joseph Skerjanec, principal of St. Anthony Catholic School in Sterling, Colo. “We've always distinguished ourselves by our faith, … [Read more...]

Education should foster freedom, maturity, priest explains

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2014 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a special conference exploring the role of education in the new evangelization, Fr. Denis Biju Duval noted that education should help grow our potential, which is inhibited by certain cultural trends. “This moment of reflection, which is also linked to issues of the new evangelization, is also on what to do nowadays to reconstruct an educational and integral proposal,” Fr. Duval explained in a Jan. 31 interview with … [Read more...]

Broncos coat drive shows children ‘are not forgotten’

Jersey City, N.J., Feb 4, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Knights of Columbus praised a recent coat drive for children in partnership with Denver Broncos players, coaches and their families, calling it a sign of Christian charity. “As an organization founded on the principle of charity, the Knights of Columbus is committed to helping our neighbors in need,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told CNA Jan. 30. The Coats for Kids program is “a timely reminder … [Read more...]

Thai religious renew vows on Day for Consecrated Life

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Feb 4, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vowed religious in Thailand gathered to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life this weekend, fostering and encouraging religious life in the southeast Asian country. Community and obedience make for a fruitful religious life, Bishop Joseph Sirisut of Nakhon Ratchasima preached in his homily at the Feb. 1 Mass, held at the city's Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. More than 500 religious gathered at the city, 160 … [Read more...]


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