Pope rescued hundreds from military dictatorship, author says

Rome, Italy, Oct 9, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Italian journalist Nello Scavo has released a book entitled “Bergoglio’s List,” recounting the efforts of Pope Francis to help hundreds escape persecution by Argentina's military dictatorship. Scavo told CNA that his book was based on interviews with numerous eyewitnesses and on testimonies reconstructed after thorough research in Argentina.   “From all these stories emerges a list of persons saved by … [Read more...]

Pope rescued hundreds from military dictatorship, author says

Rome, Italy, Oct 9, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Italian journalist Nello Scavo has released a book entitled “Bergoglio’s List,” recounting the efforts of Pope Francis to help hundreds escape persecution by Argentina's military dictatorship. Scavo told CNA that his book was based on interviews with numerous eyewitnesses and on testimonies reconstructed after thorough research in Argentina.   “From all these stories emerges a list of persons saved by … [Read more...]

Cardinal O’Malley calls Christians to open hearts to life

Washington D.C., Oct 9, 2013 / 12:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A year-long initiative from the U.S. bishops is calling the faithful to respond to the needs of the unborn, supporting life in its most vulnerable stages.“We are called to love and respect one another as Christ does,” said Cardinal Séan P. O’Malley of Boston, who heads the pro-life committee for the U.S. bishops’ conference, in an Oct. 4 video.In the video, posted online, he delivered a message for … [Read more...]

Approach dialogue with respect, bishop tells US leaders

Washington D.C., Oct 8, 2013 / 05:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Supreme Court justices and government officials at an annual Mass invoking the Holy Spirit's aid were reminded of the important role of respectful dialogue in the search for truth and unity.“We can and should debate, refine positions, truly listen to each other and seek consensus on essentials and respect details that may well be different,” Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas preached at the 61st annual Red Mass in … [Read more...]

Catholic Charities rejects controversial ‘Ghost burger’ donation

Chicago, Ill., Oct 8, 2013 / 04:39 pm (CNA).- Catholic Charities of Chicago has rejected a $1,500 donation from a local restaurant which drew offense by releasing a burger topped with an unconsecrated host. On Oct. 1, Kuma’s Corner announced its new “Ghost burger,” a cheeseburger topped with red wine reduction and an unconsecrated “Communion Wafer garnish,” which the restaurant parenthetically described as the body and blood of Christ. The burger was … [Read more...]

Next bishops’ synod to explore pastoral care of family

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2013 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See press office has announced the date and theme of the upcoming Synod of Bishops, which is slated to occur next fall and will address the pastoral approach to family issues. Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi announced Tuesday that the synod will be held from Oct. 5-19 in 2014, during which the bishops will reflect on the theme of “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” The … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: prayer is not simply saying words ‘like a parrot’

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2013 / 09:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis touched on the importance of prayer and forgiveness in the life of a Christian, warning against common attitudes which “close the door” to God. “The Lord tells us: 'the first task in life is this: prayer.' But not the prayer of words, like a parrot; but the prayer, the heart: gazing on the Lord, hearing the Lord, asking the Lord,” said the pontiff during his Oct. 8 daily … [Read more...]


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