Anointing of the Sick assures nearness of Christ, says Pope

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2014 / 05:06 am (CNA).- In his Wednesday general audience Pope Francis gave a brief catechesis on the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, noting that its purpose is to bring Christ close to the recipient. “Every time we celebrate this sacrament, the Lord Jesus, in the person of the priest, comes close to those who suffer and are gravely ill or elderly,” explained the Pope on Feb. 26. “The special grace of this sacrament” should not cause us … [Read more...]

Pope urges families to pray for upcoming bishops’ synod

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter written to families, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of family life in the Church, stating  their prayers are crucial for the upcoming synod which is dedicated to the unique challenges they face. “I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task,” the Pope requested of families in his Feb. 25 letter, … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI affirms validity of his resignation

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2014 / 03:47 am (CNA).- Today the Italian newspaper La Stampa has published excerpts of a letter from Benedict XVI, who wrote to affirm the existence of only one Pope, Francis. “There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry,” wrote Benedict XVI in a letter published on Feb. 26. His letter was a response to La Stampa’s inquiries regarding “various interpretations that have been circulating in the … [Read more...]

Ivory Coast’s new cardinal intends to advance peace in his country

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Feb 26, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Jean-Pierre Kutwa, the newly-elevated cardinal from Ivory Coast, has said he wants to combat politicians' “verbal violence,” and is confident that his new role can advance peace in the nation. The red biretta gives the Archbishop of Abidjan, the de facto capital of Ivory Coast, a greater weight in the country which has suffered two civil wars since 2002. Cardinal Kutwa was born in 1945, and was … [Read more...]

Cardinal: Liberation Theology needed separation from Marxism

Rome, Italy, Feb 25, 2014 / 05:54 pm (CNA).- At his recent book presentation, a Vatican cardinal explained that although Marxist ideology had sought to influence Liberation Theology, the two have ultimately been shown incompatible. Cardinal Gehrard Ludwig Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, authored the book “Poor for poor. The mission of the Church,” a collection of his writings on Liberation Theology. The book was presented Feb. 25 and contains … [Read more...]

Ukrainian archbishop calls for solidarity amid instability

Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb 25, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of political changes unfolding after months of violent conflict, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has praised those who have given aid to the country, and warned that the danger of civil war is not yet over. “I would like to ask Europeans to wake up because what is happening in Ukraine, sooner or later, will touch all of you. Because Ukraine is part of Europe,” Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk … [Read more...]

Court denies HHS mandate protection for Notre Dame

South Bend, Ind., Feb 25, 2014 / 03:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Chicago appellate court has upheld a previous ruling denying Notre Dame University legal protections while it moves forward in challenging the federal contraception mandate. “We imagine that what the university wants is an order forbidding [insurer and plan administrator] Aetna and Meritain to provide any contraceptive coverage to Notre Dame staff or students pending final judgment in the district court,” wrote Judge … [Read more...]


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