Pope Francis visits Vatican children’s clinic

Rome, Italy, Dec 14, 2013 / 09:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the morning of Dec. 14, Pope Francis paid a visit to patients and workers of the pediatric dispensary of Santa Marta, who surprised the Pontiff with a small birthday celebration. Pope Francis, who turns 77 on Dec.17th, expressed his gratitude for the gesture. After they had finished singing the traditional Italian birthday song, the Pope blew out the candles, and said, “Thank you for the love you have, the joy of these children, … [Read more...]

Bishop: Christ’s love conquers sorrow of Sandy Hook

Newtown, Conn., Dec 14, 2013 / 08:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One year after the murder of 20 school children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the local Catholic bishop says that Jesus Christ’s love can be victorious, even over such “profound” sorrow. Despite the bitterness of loss, the Christian faith offers “the victory of Christ’s love over any and all suffering and pain,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport … [Read more...]

Regnum Christi’s consecrated women choose leadership

Rome, Italy, Dec 13, 2013 / 05:24 pm (CNA).- The consecrated women of Regnum Christi, the lay association of the Legion of Christ, have elected Spaniard Gloria Rodriguez as their next general director. The lay association's general assembly, which has been meeting in Rome since Dec. 2, marks the first time the consecrated women have elected their leadership through a participatory process. One delegate to the association's general assembly, Marilú Rodriguez, said the … [Read more...]

Archbishop offers prayers in wake of Colo. high school shooting

Denver, Colo., Dec 13, 2013 / 05:19 pm (CNA).- The archbishop of Denver has voiced deep sadness and promised prayers for the victims of a shooting at a Colorado high school on the afternoon of Dec. 13. “Today, we offer our prayers and profound sympathy for all those involved in the shooting at Arapahoe High School,” said Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila in a statement. “I am saddened by this tragedy, which has been repeated too often in recent memory,” he said. “My … [Read more...]

Don’t be ‘allergic’ to preaching the truth, Pope warns

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2013 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis cautioned Christians not to be overly-critical of those who preach the Gospel, emphasizing that focusing too much on personal precepts keeps us from being happy. Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading in which Jesus compares the generation to children who are always unhappy or dissatisfied, the Pope stated that “The people of God have a certain allergy to the preachers of the Word: they … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI still in the service of St. Peter, colleague says

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2013 / 05:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Manfred Lütz, a close colleague of Benedict XVI, revealed in a recent interview that he is still in contact with retired pontiff, who still considers himself in the service of the Church, and of Pope Francis. Lütz explained in a Dec. 4 interview with CNA that during a recent visit with Benedict, the previous Pope “said he didn't leave the service of St. Peter, that he lives the service of St. Peter in another … [Read more...]

Church teaching on immigration is a ‘humane position’

Washington D.C., Dec 13, 2013 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church’s welcoming stance on immigration is rooted in the person-centered recognition of human dignity, said one of the leading Hispanic bishops in the U.S. Church. “For us, as Catholics – following the example of Jesus in the Gospels – there is no way that we cannot be in favor of the immigrant,” said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio. The Catholic position on immigration is a … [Read more...]