Teen Malala’s Nobel prize sparks pride in Pakistani bishop

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Malala Yousafzai has received the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 – making her the youngest ever recipient of the prestigious award and prompting local Archbishop Joseph Coutts to laud the “great honor” she's bestowed on the country. The Pakistani teenager gained global attention when she was shot in the head by Taliban activists in 2012, at the age of 14, as a punishment for her public campaign for the … [Read more...]

Waiting for the decisive second half of the Synod on the Family

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2014 / 02:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Synod of Bishops on Friday entered its decisive second phase, with the formation of small groups which are to come to decisions which will be synthesized into the synod's concluding “relatio.” The relatio will form the basis for discussion in the 2015 ordinary synod on the family. It will be presented Oct. 13 by Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, who is serving as general rapporteur for the Synod of … [Read more...]

No secret to sanctity: JPII exhibit teaches universal call to holiness

Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2014 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A state-of-the-art exhibit at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine will show that the late Pope’s example of holiness is for every person, not a privileged few, the shrine’s executive director said. “People can realize that they are like John Paul II in this sense. He responded to the Holy Spirit every day of his life and made his life a gift. And we are called to do the same, to make our life a gift to God and to … [Read more...]

Be on your guard – the devil never rests, Pope Francis warns

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2014 / 06:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Friday Pope Francis encouraged faithful to guard their hearts by doing a daily examination of conscience, saying that we if we don't, we risk letting the devil in rather than the Lord. “Guard the heart, as a house is guarded, with a key. And then watch the heart, like a sentinel: How often do wicked thoughts, wicked intentions, jealousy, envy enter in?” the Pope asked his Oct. 10 Mass attendees. The … [Read more...]

Cardinal shines light on migration, marriage prep in family synod

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2014 / 04:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The effects of migration and poverty upon families, the pastoral care of children, the Eucharist in connection to our understanding of marriage: these are a few of the themes which Cardinal Vincent Nichols, archbishop of Westminster, hopes to see raised during the Synod on the Family currently underway in the Vatican. Speaking with CNA just ahead of the opening of the synod, the cardinal – who is president of the bishops’ … [Read more...]

Supreme indecision on marriage redefinition

Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2014 / 01:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following Justice Anthony Kennedy’s stay on a “gay marriage” court decision in Idaho, marriage advocates are imploring the Supreme Court to reject the judicial redefinition of marriage. “Justice Kennedy’s order further demonstrates that the Supreme Court’s decision not to take up the marriage cases earlier this week is far from the final answer on this important issue,” said Kellie Fiedorek of … [Read more...]

Papuan bishops launch gameplan to transform society

Goroka, Papua New Guinea, Oct 10, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA).- At a recent Mass, the bishops of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands revealed a roadmap for pastoral planning to guide the the transformation of their societies. “The new evangelization is at the core of the pastoral plan, along with the pastoral care of the family, the poor, the youth, street kids, as well as the media and a wide range of social concerns,” Fr. Giorgio Licini, head of social communications for the … [Read more...]