Fidelity to Bishop of Rome crucial to evangelization, US bishops say

Baltimore, Md., Nov 10, 2014 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message to Pope Francis on Monday, the U.S. bishops vowed fidelity to the Holy See and voiced hope that Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year. “We are very much aware that it is only in communion with the Bishop of Rome that we can most effectively give witness to the fullness of the Gospel in our country today,” the message read. “We undertake our efforts with … [Read more...]

Youth are dying for a challenge – give them one, US bishops told

Baltimore, Md., Nov 10, 2014 / 11:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Young people are “crying out” for a challenge, and the Church must answer through saintly witness, the apostolic nuncio to the United States insisted to the nation's bishops on Monday. “We should ask ourselves,” Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said, “why young people, submerged into the culture of these times, so often called the ‘culture of death,’ are setting among the most excessive and … [Read more...]

Pope: Unforgiving Christians cause scandal, damage faith

Vatican City, Nov 10, 2014 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Christian who causes scandal destroys the faith and a Christian who does not forgive causes scandal – but it is only through the gift of faith that these challenges can be overcome, Pope Francis said. These three themes – the causing of scandal, the need for forgiveness, and faith – were at the center of the Pope's homily during morning Mass at the Santa Marta residence on Nov. 10. “Scandal,” the … [Read more...]

Cardinal Scola: Universities can play crucial role in family synod

Rome, Italy, Nov 9, 2014 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Angelo Scola holds that pontifical universities are the ideal place where issues at stake in the Synod of Bishops – which will discuss families next autumn – can be more deeply understood and developed. Universities should develop a dialogue that “moves from reality to scientific work, and from scientific work to reality, thus replicating the movement of Christianity: Jesus came from the periphery, then … [Read more...]

‘We need bridges, not walls!’ Pope says on Berlin Wall anniversary

Vatican City, Nov 9, 2014 / 07:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pope Francis said that it only happened through a long, painful struggle, and warned that there are still many walls that divide the world today. “Wherever there is a wall, there is a closed heart. We need bridges, not walls!” the Pope voiced to those present in St. Peter’s Square for his Nov. 9 Angelus address. He recalled how for many years the Berlin Wall had … [Read more...]

Ruins of the Berlin Wall: what they whisper 25 years later

Rome, Italy, Nov 9, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- What remains of the Berlin Wall discloses a subtle yet stark reminder for civilization to not “look to walls as solutions,” says German priest Father Bernd Hagenkord, S.J. It's been twenty-five years to the day since the wall fell – an event which marked the beginning of the end of the decades-long Cold War, and served as a catalyst for Germany's reunification. The anniversary comes months after the canonization … [Read more...]

Pope Francis recognizes ‘heroic virtue’ of 12-year-old boy

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2014 / 01:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes for a 12-year-old Italian boy who died late 1970s as well as seven other men and women, recognizing all for their “heroic virtue.” The Pope authorized the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints to declare the eight laypersons, priests, and religious – including young Silvio Dissegna – as “venerable.” The move was announced Nov. 7 during an audience with … [Read more...]