Israelis look forward to Pope’s Holy Land visit, rabbi says

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a meeting of Jewish leaders with Pope Francis last week, a rabbi involved in interreligious dialogue said the Pope’s upcoming trip to the Holy Land will surely be a success. “Everybody -- whether Jordanians, Palestinians or Israelis -- is so excited and ready to welcome him that no matter how short his visit is, it's a guaranteed success,” said David Rosen, director of interreligious affairs at the … [Read more...]

Bishop affirms that traditional Mass unites Church in worship

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2014 / 12:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent interview, Archbishop Arthur Roche spoke on the significance of the Traditional Latin Mass, explaining that the Mass nourishes us, and that the special rite brings us together in a unique way. “It’s a common language, as it were, that brings us together, that holds us together,” the archbishop noted during a Feb. 13 interview with CNA, adding that “the Latin Mass…is a beautiful expression of … [Read more...]

Canada’s next cardinal, a missionary against secularism

Quebec City, Canada, Feb 18, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Gerald Lacroix of Quebec, who will be made a cardinal at the Feb. 22 consistory, is a missionary for the new evangelization in Canada, after having been for 10 years a missionary in Colombia. At 56, Archbishop Lacroix will be the third youngest member of the College of Cardinals. He was born in 1957 on a dairy farm 190 miles east of Montreal. When his parents were unable to make ends meet, they moved to New Hampshire … [Read more...]

Spain’s pro-life bill hailed as growing European trend

Madrid, Spain, Feb 17, 2014 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new bill in Spain to re-establish limits on abortion and assert the state's right to protect unborn children is a step forward in the larger pro-life movement growing across the continent, a European legal expert says. “One of the goals of the Spanish bill was to create debate” said Grégor Puppinck, director of the European Centre for Law and Justice. “The debate about abortion is all across … [Read more...]

New Pakistan archbishop emphasizes social harmony between religions

Lahore, Pakistan, Feb 17, 2014 / 03:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The new Archbishop of Lahore, Pakistan, has asked people to pray that he has “courage and faith,” stressing the need for justice and respect between religions. “There is not much peace in Pakistan,” Archbishop Sebastian Shaw told Aid to the Church in Need Feb. 10, ahead of his Feb. 14 installation. He voiced his commitment to have more meetings with other faith leaders and to increase training programs for … [Read more...]

Be patient even in the midst of trials, Pope encourages

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2014 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis emphasized that God is not a “sorcerer” who does what we want, but rather has a plan that we should wait for with patience even when we face challenges. “God does not behave like a sorcerer, God has his own way of proceeding. And God is patient,” the Pope said during Mass on Feb. 17, adding that “when we endure trials with faith they ripen our lives.” Pope Francis … [Read more...]

Council of cardinals begin third set of reform meetings

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2014 / 08:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Meeting for the third time since its institution, the council of eight cardinals has reconvened in Rome to address the economic affairs of the Holy See, and will continue their discussions over the next three days. The council, chosen by Pope Francis to advise him on matters of church governance and curia reform, will be meeting Feb. 17 – 19, following an initial meeting in October, and a second in December. During a Feb. 17 … [Read more...]


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