Missionaries reflect on anniversary of expulsion from South Sudan

Juba, South Sudan, Mar 9, 2014 / 08:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fifty years after their expulsion from South Sudan, missionaries reflected on the challenges and unexpected blessings borne out of the dismissal, as well as upon the future of the country. "The expulsion: was it a sign or an inevitable misfortune?" asked Fr. Daniele Moschetti and Sr. Giovanna Sguazza, provincial superiors of South Sudan of the Comboni Missionaries and Comboni Sisters, a missionary religious order, in a Feb. … [Read more...]

Thwart temptation with the word of God, Pope exhorts

Vatican City, Mar 9, 2014 / 06:22 am (CNA).- In his Sunday Angelus message today, Pope Francis stressed the importance of resisting temptations by finding refuge in God’s word. Reflecting on Sunday’s gospel passage of the temptation of Jesus by Satan in the desert, the Pontiff said, “note well: how does Jesus respond? He doesn’t dialogue with Satan, like Eve had done in earthly paradise. Jesus knows well that with Satan, one cannot dialogue, because he’s very … [Read more...]

Catechesis in Mongolia educates laity for evangelization

Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Mar 8, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new catechesis program of the Church in Mongolia is promoting holistic formation of the human person as part of the evangelization of the central Asian nation. “The course … is meant to form catechists with a working knowledge of the Scriptures, as well as the Church and its mission,” Fr. Giorgio Marengo of the Consolata Missionaries, told CNA March 5. The Prefecture Apostolic of Ulaanbaatar, which serves … [Read more...]

Religious urged by Pope Francis to avoid ‘theoretical poverty’

Vatican City, Mar 8, 2014 / 09:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday sent a message to participants in an international symposium on the religious life, encouraging them to live their vows in an authentic manner. “What is not helpful is a theoretical poverty, but the poverty that is learnt by touching the flesh of the poor Christ, in the humble, in the poor, in the sick, in children,” he said. The pontiff gave his remarks to the March 8 gathering entitled “The … [Read more...]

Pope chooses global leadership for Vatican economic office

Vatican City, Mar 8, 2014 / 09:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope has announced the names of eight cardinals and seven lay experts from around the world chosen to serve in the newly-created Vatican Council for the Economy. “The members appointed to the Council are from various geographical areas, reflecting, as requested by the motu proprio Fidelis dispensator et prudens, the universality of the Church,” explained Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J, director of Holy See’s Press … [Read more...]

Malaysian ministry bans use of term ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Mar 8, 2014 / 08:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Home Ministry of Malaysia has banned the use of the word “Allah” in a children’s comic book, continuing disputes over non-Muslims’ ability to use the word. An issue of the children’s comic book Ultraman referring to the super hero as “respected as Allah or elder” by other heroes, contains  “elements that may threaten public order,” the Malaysian Home Ministry said in … [Read more...]

In rare interview, Benedict XVI recalls life of John Paul II

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In lengthy excerpts of an interview published in an Italian newspaper, Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with John Paul II, highlighting the deceased Pope's sanctity and commitment to the truth. “In the years of collaboration with him it became ever more clear to me that John Paul II was a saint,” the retired pontiff told Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch in a written interview, selections of which … [Read more...]