Malaysian court bars non-Muslims from using term ‘Allah’

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Oct 18, 2013 / 11:21 am (CNA).- An appeals court in Malaysia has prohibited non-Muslims from using the word “Allah” to refer to deities, even though it is the standard Malay term for “god.”The Oct. 14 ruling comes in a case relating to The Herald, the weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur.The court's verdict “violates the right to religious freedom and freedom of expression enshrined in the (Malaysian) … [Read more...]

After 30 years of growth, Vatican’s CTV looks to the future

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2013 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the anniversary celebrations of the Vatican's CTV network, leaders within the organization expressed great hopes for the future, and shared their vision of what it might hold. “Today, we're commemorating the 30 years of the Vatican Television Center but especially today we are commemorating the great family of the CTV,” Monsignor Dario Vigano told CNA in an Oct. 18 interview. The network's family, noted … [Read more...]

Elderly priests, sisters are ‘true shrines of holiness,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2013 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass homily Pope Francis reflected on various biblical figures who experienced difficulty in their old age, and encouraged those present not to forget the elderly. The Pope directed his reflections to those gathered in the Santa Marta guesthouse of the Vatican on Oct. 18 for his daily Mass, centering his thoughts upon the latter lives of Moses, John the Baptist and Saint Paul. These three figures, he noted, remind him … [Read more...]

Vatican’s CTV marks 30 years of service to the Church

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2013 / 05:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's leading television network commemorated the 30th anniversary of their foundation by hosting a symposium in Rome in which many experts in television broadcasting were present. For the Vatican Television Center, this is “an age of full maturity,” Archbishop Claudio Celli told a group of journalists at the event, “it's not a time to look back on what we've done but it's a time to look … [Read more...]

Beauty, art have crucial role in evangelization, priest reflects

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benefactors of the Vatican Museums who have recently gathered in Rome stressed that art is pivotal in the task of bringing God to secular society. “A message given by the artist which many times is a very strong religious, theological message can then penetrate into the soul,” Fr. Mark Haydu told CNA in an Oct. 17 interview. Fr. Haydu is the international director of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums – a … [Read more...]

Monks in Louisiana win lengthy fight to sell caskets

Baton Rouge, La., Oct 18, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a long legal fight, the U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a lower court ruling that Benedictine monks in Louisiana have the right to sell their handmade wooden caskets to the public. “It’s a great day for us, and we’re very thankful that this five-year battle is over,” Abbot Justin Brown of St. Joseph Abbey told The Advocate, Baton Rouge's daily newspaper. “We’re not in the business of … [Read more...]

Book on Pope Francis to illuminate his context, background

Washington D.C., Oct 18, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA).- Austen Ivereigh, author of an upcoming book on Pope Francis, says it will help explain the Pope's pastoral approach to North Americans and Europeans, who may not understand his Latin American roots. Before his election, Pope Francis “had already been thinking very deeply about the Church, and the way that the Church interacts with the world for a very long time,” author Austen Ivereigh explained to CNA Oct. 16. What is … [Read more...]


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