Pope: Marriage cannot be based simply on emotional satisfaction

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2014 / 02:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to the Polish bishops last week, Pope Francis encouraged a stronger understanding of marriage, accompanied by a merciful attitude toward those in difficult family situations. “Today marriage tends to be viewed as a form of mere emotional satisfaction that can be constructed in any way or modified at will,” the Pope said. “Unfortunately this vision also influences the mentality of Christians, promoting a … [Read more...]

New Orleans archdiocese to boycott abortion clinic collaborators

New Orleans, La., Feb 10, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans said his archdiocese will not conduct business with individuals or organizations whose work is essential to the construction of a new Planned Parenthood clinic that could perform up to 30 abortions per day. “We hope that the community invested in the City of New Orleans and in her future will join us in standing for life, not more abortion,” the archbishop said in his Jan. 27 … [Read more...]

Pope affirms that Mass is more than a mere ‘representation’

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2014 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of the Liturgy, highlighting how it is a real participation in Jesus’ presence, and encouraged all to enter more fully into the mystery of the Mass. “When we celebrate the Mass, we don’t accomplish a representation of the Last Supper: no, it is not a representation. It is something else: it is the Last Supper itself,” the Pope explained in his Feb. 10 … [Read more...]

Cardinal recalls shock of Benedict XVI’s resignation

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2014 / 05:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One year later, Cardinal James Stafford reflects on the meeting where Benedict XVI announced that he was stepping down as Bishop of Rome, noting that it was an “unexpected” moment of “shock” for all. “Total surprise, total shock,” was the experience of all those present when they heard the Pope’s words that day, Cardinal Stafford explained in a Feb. 7 interview with CNA. On the occasion of the … [Read more...]

San Francisco project to promote beauty in music, liturgy

San Francisco, Calif., Feb 9, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A recently launched initiative in San Francisco will educate Church musicians about sacred music and train lay ministers for their roles, according to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. “To recover a sense of our sacred music” is among the top objectives of the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music & Divine Worship, the Archbishop of San Francisco told CNA Jan. 25. “Beauty – as Pope Benedict has … [Read more...]

New app promotes Catholic social teaching

Washington D.C., Feb 9, 2014 / 06:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new iPhone and iPad application from a Washington, D.C., think tank aims to spread Catholic social teaching through Church documents, news and commentary. The Ethics and Public Policy Center said its free app is “a great resource for politicians, journalists, teachers, students and anyone who wishes to better understand the Church’s teaching on issues of economics, politics and culture.” The Catholic Social … [Read more...]

A Christian must give light to the world, urges Pope

Vatican City, Feb 9, 2014 / 05:30 am (CNA).- Pope Francis centered his Angelus message this Sunday on the image of a Christian whose faith is like a burning lamp that brings light to the darkness. “We must carry the light of Christ with the witness of a genuine love,” encouraged the Pope on Feb. 9. “The Christian must be a luminous person who carries the light, a light that comes from one that his not his own, but a gift of God, a gift of Jesus. We carry this light … [Read more...]