Carmelite nun from Syria describes pain of civil war

Denver, Colo., Nov 21, 2013 / 05:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross, a Lebanese-born nun who has lived nearly 20 years in Syria, is travelling the U.S. advocating for peace and reflecting on how the conflict has affected life in the region. It is “terribly, tremendously” difficult to be living away from her community in Syria, she reflected Nov. 17. “We have a very, very familiar way of communitarian life, and our community is in need, it's a new … [Read more...]

Pope’s words in interview may not have been his own, Scalfari says

Vatican City, Nov 21, 2013 / 05:39 pm (CNA).- Editor Eugenio Scalfari has conceded it is “really possible” that some of the Pope's words he reported in the interview published in La Repubblica Oct. 1 “were not shared by the Pope himself.” Last month's interview led to several criticisms of Pope Francis, notably Scalfari quoting the Pope saying of conscience that “everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil … [Read more...]

Pope to Filipino community: pray with a child’s simplicity

Vatican City, Nov 21, 2013 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with the Filipino community of Rome today, encouraging them in the wake of their native country's recent disaster to never tire of praying, even if the prayer is that of a child. Referencing the typhoon that wreaked havoc in the Philippines, Pope Francis encouraged, “In these moments of sadness, let the power of this prayer be the most useful: 'the prayer of why.'...And I also accompany you, with this … [Read more...]

Archbishop rejects use of Pope’s words to justify Illinois ‘gay marriage’

Chicago, Ill., Nov 21, 2013 / 03:04 pm (CNA).- As same-sex “marriage” becomes law in Illinois, the U.S. bishops’ head of marriage defense issues has lamented the “disgraceful” misuse of Pope Francis’ words to justify the institution’s redefinition. “Pope Francis has forcefully reminded us that we are to show love and respect to all people and to seek their greatest good, and he therefore continues to clearly promote and defend marriage and … [Read more...]

Freiburg auxiliary bishop retires, shortly before 75th birthday

Freiburg, Germany, Nov 21, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis accepted the resignation Nov. 21 of Bishop Rainer Klug, an auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, “upon having reached the age limit,” according to the Vatican Information Service. The Code of Canon Law requests that a bishop “who has completed the seventy-fifth year of age” presents his resignation to the Pope. Bishop Klug will celebrate his 75th birthday Dec. 13. Bishop Klug … [Read more...]

Eastern Patriarchs ‘watchful guardians’ of unity, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 21, 2013 / 08:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke with Patriarchs of various Oriental Churches during a four day gathering in Rome, stating that it is their task to help foster unity in the Church, and to remember the persecuted. “You are watchful guardians of communion and servants of ecclesial unity,” said the Pope, quoting his predecessor during a Nov. 21 morning meeting with the church leaders. The Holy Father’s comments came as the second … [Read more...]

Church must foster encounter with culture, cardinals say

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 21, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Prominent Church leaders from the Americas encouraged the faithful to consider the intersection of faith and culture, so as to respond to radical and fundamental changes in society. "For many decades, the Church had a strong influence over U.S. culture," said Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, describing a "Catholic ghetto" that included its own schools, sports leagues, unions, health systems … [Read more...]