Italian publication says it does not see ISIS violence as ‘war of religion’

Rome, Italy, Sep 8, 2014 / 11:10 am (CNA).- Jesuit-run Italian newspaper La Civiltà Cattolica has clarified that it does not view ISIS violence as a 'war of religion,' although it believes the radical group sees its aggression in this manner. The clarification comments involve an editorial published in the most recent issue of the newspaper.   Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor-in-chief of the publication, told CNA that the editorial stated “that ISIS thinks … [Read more...]

God is a creator – not a magician, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 8, 2014 / 09:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Meditating on the feast of Mary's Nativity during his morning Mass, Pope Francis said that God is a creator who has endowed men and women with a free will and has accompanied us throughout history. The Pope told the congregation Sept. 8 that God “is the God of time, the God of history. He is the God who walks with his children,” until the “fullness of time” when his Son is made Man. The Lord accompanies … [Read more...]

War is never inevitable: Pope Francis rues ‘senseless slaughter’

Vatican City, Sep 8, 2014 / 05:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message to inter-religious faith leaders attending a conference on peace, Pope Francis said there are always alternatives to war and urged participants to seek avenues of dialogue. “War is never a necessity, nor is it inevitable. Another way can always be found: the way of dialogue, encounter and the sincere search for truth,” Pope Francis said in his Sept. 7 message to conference attendees. Organized by the Italian … [Read more...]

Francis’ letter to Cubans: Imitate Mary’s joy, haste, perseverance

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Sep 7, 2014 / 10:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the feast of the patroness of Cuba, Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Pope Francis on Monday sent a letter to Archbishop Dionisio Garcia Ibanez of Santiago encouraging the faithful of the island country to remain steadfast in their devotion to the Virgin Mary. The Pope remarked particularly on three virtues that are seen in the account of Mary found in the Gospels: her joy, seen when she conceived Christ; her service, … [Read more...]

Church serves women ‘the rest of the world has left behind’

Washington D.C., Sep 7, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Recent claims that the Catholic Church disregards women fail to acknowledge the Church’s critical work to support women and families around the world, say leaders in medicine, academia and global relief work. “Anyone who thinks that the Catholic Church doesn’t support women doesn’t know much about the Church, its mission and its presence around the world,” said Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Vice President of … [Read more...]

Pope prays for peace in Ukraine, Lesotho

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2014 / 08:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing thousands of pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square during his weekly Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis called for peace in Ukraine and Lesotho. After the recitation of the Angelus, the Holy Father expressed his hope that, despite recent acts of violence in the region, the people of Ukraine might find relief amid the ongoing conflict. He prayed for the continuation of dialogue as efforts are made to bring about lasting … [Read more...]

Media summit in Philippines hopes to bolster personal encounter

Lingayen, Philippines, Sep 7, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Filipino bishops' annual conference on social media, being held this month, will aim at promoting authentic encounters and at preparing for Pope Francis' upcoming trip to the nation. The Catholic Social Media Summit 2014 will be held in Lingayen at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center with the theme “The Encounter”, from Sept. 13-14. Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has … [Read more...]