Peace requires tenacious, intelligent dialogue, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 30, 2013 / 10:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his morning homily, Pope Francis spoke to religious leaders of various faith traditions, saying that fostering peace is a responsibility which can only be attained through dialogue. Present at the Pope’s Sept. 30 Mass in the Santa Marta guesthouse of the Vatican were the participants of the International Meeting for Peace in the spirit of Assisi, organized by the Rome-based Community of Saint Egidio. The Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 … [Read more...]

Pope Francis, cardinals begin first set of reform meetings

Vatican City, Sep 30, 2013 / 08:27 am (CNA).- The council of eight cardinals chosen by Pope Francis to advise him on church governance and curia reform will begin their first official meeting tomorrow, Oct.1. “The institution of the council of cardinal,” said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J. in a Sept. 30 press briefing “is a further enrichment provided by the Pope to the governance of the Church.” Fr. Lombardi recalled that the formation of such a … [Read more...]

John Paul II, John XXIII to be canonized Divine Mercy Sunday

Rome, Italy, Sep 30, 2013 / 03:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced that former Popes John Paul II and John XXIII are slated to be canonized this coming spring.The announcement was made following the Sept. 30 consistory, in which the Holy Father proclaimed that the pontiffs would be canonized together April 27, 2014 on the second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.A consistory is a meeting where the Pope and the College of Cardinals come together to discuss and determine … [Read more...]

Similarity between porn, drug addictions ‘not surprising’

Kaukauna, Wis., Sep 29, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The co-founder of a pornography addiction recovery program said that a recent Cambridge study showing identical brain activity in addicts to pornography, drugs and alcohol is “spot on.”According to The Sunday Times of Sept. 22, neuropsychiatrists at Cambridge found that the portion of the brain stimulated in drug and alcohol addicts lights up in the same way as it does for porn addicts viewing explicit materials. The brains … [Read more...]

Materialism robs us of our humanity, warns Pope Francis

Vatican City, Sep 29, 2013 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis celebrated Mass in cloudy St. Peter’s Square this morning, cautioning the faithful against the danger of losing their personal identity to materialism.“Whenever material things, money, worldliness, become the center of our lives, they take hold of us, they possess us; we lose our very identity as human beings,” he said on September 29.Sunday’s Mass was held at the close of an international weekend … [Read more...]

New Orleans schools adjust schedules to keep Sunday sacred

New Orleans, La., Sep 29, 2013 / 06:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new policy for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans aims to reclaim Sunday as a day focused on faith and family rather than sports matches and social events.The policy is “rooted in the fact that people have a number of obligations and commitments. Our society is fast-paced,” Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond told the New Orleans Advocate.“In living such a hectic life, people neglect sometimes, not … [Read more...]

African Catholics stress importance of Bible in faith life

Lilongwe, Malawi, Sep 28, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic African leaders met in Malawi earlier this week for an assembly dedicated to the Bible and to increasing the place of scripture in the lives of the continent’s faithful. “The Word of God serves as a guide for faith and human activities and gives believers a style of life guided by the Holy Spirit in order to live the mystery of Jesus Christ according to Christian vocation,” the assembly … [Read more...]


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