Israeli prime minister invites Pope Francis to Israel

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During an audience with Pope Francis, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, invited the Roman Pontiff to visit Israel, though the date of the visit has yet to be determined. The private audience, which lasted nearly half an hour, was held during Netanyahu's two-day visit to Italy meant to improve relations between the two countries and to sign commercial agreements. According to the Holy See press office, Pope Francis … [Read more...]

Bishop counters dismissals of Pope’s economic warnings

Lincoln, Neb., Dec 3, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Critics of Pope Francis' warnings about capitalism are reducing him to a “cartoonish socialist” to diminish the seriousness of his message, Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Neb. has said.“The Pope affirmed that markets must be understood and administered in justice, with due regard for the sovereignty and solidarity of families and human dignity,” Bishop Conley said in a Dec. 2 column for the … [Read more...]

Pope to dedicate 2015 to consecrated life

Vatican City, Dec 2, 2013 / 06:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a meeting with the Union of Superiors General held Nov. 29, Pope Francis mentioned that he would be dedicating 2015 to consecrated life, thanking religious for their witness to Jesus Christ. “Thank you for what you do and for your spirit of faith and your service. Thank you for your witness and also for the humiliations through which you have had to pass,” the Bishop of Rome said to 120 superiors present for the group's … [Read more...]

Writers prompt balanced reaction to Pope’s take on economy

New York City, N.Y., Dec 2, 2013 / 05:53 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis' words in “Evangelii Gaudium” touching on economic issues have elicited a range of reactions, with one columnist emphasizing their challenge to conservatives to respond generously.“The challenge for conservative Catholics,” New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wrote Nov. 30, is “to spend the Francis era not in opposition but seeking integration – meaning an economic vision that remains … [Read more...]

Argentine congress recommends Pope Francis for Nobel Peace Prize

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec 2, 2013 / 03:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Argentina’s House of Representatives has passed a resolution to nominate Pope Francis for the Nobel Peace Prize for his call to end the violence in Syria. The resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority and now goes to the Senate for ratification.   Representative Oscar Martinez, who sponsored the resolution, described Pope Francis as “a man who throughout this year has been decisive in maintaining … [Read more...]

Croatians vote to protect marriage from redefinition

Zagreb, Croatia, Dec 2, 2013 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Croatian voters have approved an amendment to their country’s constitution that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Cardinal Josip Bozanic encouraged a “yes” vote, noting in a letter read to parishioners that marriage is “the only union enabling procreation.” The Dec. 1 referendum passed by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, with about 65 percent of Croatians voting in favor and about 34 percent … [Read more...]

Seminarians bring American football to Rome for Thanksgiving

Rome, Italy, Dec 2, 2013 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thanksgiving weekend at the North American College in Rome is full of traditions not normally found in Italy. Besides a classic turkey dinner and pumpkin pie, the seminarians at the college host their traditional “Spaghetti Bowl.” This year on Dec. 1, the entire college and its guests gathered to watch the “New Men vs. Old Men” match. First-year seminarians faced off against a team comprised of students from every … [Read more...]


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