We want Church truth on marriage, young Catholics say

Denver, Colo., Oct 5, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It always bothered Grace Raun when she heard her college classmates saying “nobody waits anymore” for marriage, because she knew it wasn’t true.   As a practicing Catholic who had been dating the same person for five years, Grace knew all about waiting. But she said following the rules of the Church regarding premarital sex never felt oppressive. “I waited. I never felt like I didn’t ‘discover … [Read more...]

Pope: Family needs Scripture to move forward in faith, hope

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2014 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “In order for the family to proceed well, with faith and hope,” said Pope Francis to crowds in St. Peter's Square for the weekly Angelus address, “it needs to be nourished by the Word of God.” Helping to illustrate the Holy Father's words, all the pilgrims gathered in the Square had the opportunity to take home a copy of the Bible, courtesy of the Pauline Brothers who this year are celebrating the centenary … [Read more...]

Synod must serve God’s dream, not try to ‘take over,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 5, 2014 / 08:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The work of the Synod on the Family is more than a discussion of ideals or a show of intelligence, but a means of realizing the Lord's plan through the pastoral care of the family, said Pope Francis. He reflected on this topic during his homily for Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica to inaugurate the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization, which runs from Oct. … [Read more...]

True pastoral work never contradicts doctrine, cardinal stresses

Rome, Italy, Oct 5, 2014 / 05:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As bishops from around the world prepare to discuss pastoral solutions to various challenges surrounding the family, German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller explained that these solutions cannot oppose Church teaching. “Under no circumstances can pastoral work be in contradiction with doctrine. Actions of the Church need to – if they want to be Catholic – correspond to faith and dogma,” he emphasized in an interview … [Read more...]

Vatican advocates sweeping protocol for Middle East peace

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2014 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin is urging a comprehensive road map for peace in Middle East during meetings between the region's papal nuncio top officials in his office.   Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said the agenda included an opening address by Cardinal Parolin, an intervention by Israeli nuncio Archbishop Giorgio Lazzarotto, and a report by Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary … [Read more...]

Pope Francis before synod – listen to ‘beat’ of the times, keep eyes on Christ

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2014 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a prayer vigil set before the opening of the synod of bishops, Pope Francis said we must be attentive to the signs of the times to see the needs of the family by listening, being open and looking to the Lord. “To search for that which today the Lord asks of His Church, we must lend our ears to the beat of this time and perceive the ‘scent’ of the people today,” the Roman Pontiff told the thousands gathered for … [Read more...]

Fr. Benedict Groeschel passes away at 81

New York City, N.Y., Oct 4, 2014 / 08:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, author, former EWTN host, and one of the founders of the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, passed away at 11:00 p.m. on Oct. 3. He was 81 years old. “The Catholic Church and the Franciscan family lost a giant today,” the friars said in an Oct. 4 statement, expressing deep sadness at Fr. Groeschel’s loss as well as relief “that God has set him free from the physical and … [Read more...]