Gossip is poisonous, insists Pope

Vatican City, Feb 16, 2014 / 06:21 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus message emphasized the importance of avoiding all forms of slander in living a Christian life. “It’s so rotten, gossip. At the beginning, it seems to be something enjoyable and fun, like a piece of candy.  But at the end, it fills the heart with bitterness and also poisons us,” Pope Francis said Feb. 16. “I tell you the truth,” he preached to the crowds filling St. … [Read more...]

‘Son of God’ movie brings Gospels to life, Catholic leaders say

Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 15, 2014 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new movie about Jesus Christ – to be released by the makers of the popular History Channel television miniseries “The Bible” – has drawn praise from several Catholic bishops and leaders. “It is the biggest, greatest story ever told,” said Roma Downey, a co-producer of “Son of God” who stars as Mary. “The Story of the Son of God is one of the most-known stories in the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis meets with Cypriot president

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2014 / 09:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis held an audience Feb. 15 with Nicos Anastasiades, president of Cyprus, at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, discussing religious freedom and a resolution to the current split of the island nation between Greeks and Turks. A statement released by the Holy See press office described the meeting as characterized by “cordial discussions which highlighted the good relations between the Holy See and the Republic of … [Read more...]

Archbishop Stella, the ‘big-hearted’ cardinal-designate

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2014 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Beniamino Stella’s career is characterized by his belief that a Vatican diplomat must have a strong priestly identity, which may well be why Pope Francis has appointed him to a cardinal’s post. Appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy last September – a post that customarily brings with it the cardinalate -- Archbishop Stella,72, will receive the red hat at a consistory to be held Feb. … [Read more...]

Archbishop asks prayers for marriage, World Meeting of Families

Philadelphia, Pa., Feb 14, 2014 / 05:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia encouraged prayers for married couples and families on Valentine’s Day, also requesting prayers for the upcoming World Meeting of Families. Recognizing that “Saint Valentine is the patron of happy marriages, engaged couples and young people,” the archbishop asked in a Feb. 14 statement that the faithful pray “for married couples as well as all those preparing to … [Read more...]

Possible move in Vatican finance could signal return to Italian sway

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2014 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Earlier this week reports of a potential new president of the “Vatican bank” were leaked to Italian media, suggesting the possibility of a greater Italian influence in Vatican finances. “Italia Oggi,” a Milan-based daily specializing in politics, economics, and law, wrote Feb. 11 that Carlo Salvatori could soon be chosen as the new president of the board of directors of the Institute for Religious Works. The … [Read more...]

Modern society at odds with authentic love, scholars reflect

Washington D.C., Feb 14, 2014 / 01:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Today’s secular culture conflicts with authentic love and a reality-based view of the human person, said scholars at a recent panel in the nation’s capital. “Sanctity is not a moralistic act,” said author and scholar David Schindler, but rather, “a way of seeing, acting and being.” The author of “Ordering Love: Liberal Societies and the Memory of God,” explained in a Feb. 10 lecture … [Read more...]