If you care about God’s handiwork you’ll protect nature, Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 9, 2015 / 04:23 pm (CNA).- Set to finish his encyclical on the environment next month, Pope Francis said during his daily Mass at the Vatican on Monday that Christians who fail to safeguard nature do not care about God's handiwork. “A Christian who does not protect creation, who does not allow it to grow, is a Christian who does not care about God's labors” which are borne out of God's love for us, the Pope said Feb. 9. His remarks were based in … [Read more...]

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What are the theological criteria to reform the Church and the Roman Curia?

Vatican City, Feb 9, 2015 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The reform of the Roman Curia must be an example for the spiritual renewal of the entire Church, the prefect of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote in an essay published Saturday in the Vatican's newspaper. “A true reform of the Roman Curia and of the Church has the objective of rendering the mission of the Pope and of the Church in the world of today and of tomorrow more radiant” Cardinal Gerhard Mueller … [Read more...]

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‘Rock star’ cardinal talks big cities, small gestures

Vatican City, Feb 8, 2015 / 05:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle knows a thing or two about urban evangelization. Ranked among the youngest cardinals in the Catholic Church, he heads the Archdiocese of Manila, based in one of the most densely-populated cities in the world. Dubbed the “rock star” of cardinals, the 57-year-old Tagle was recently appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Laity. He was in Rome this month to attend the group’s plenary … [Read more...]

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Parish dedicated to Rome’s poor gets a visit from Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Feb 8, 2015 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis traveled in the eastern outskirts of Rome on Sunday afternoon to hear confessions and say Mass at a parish known for its commitment to the city's poor and the marginalized. The Feb. 8 visit to San Michele Arcangelo in Pietralata marks the third time a Pope has gone to the parish: Bl. Paul VI celebrated the Christmas Mass there in 1963, while St. John Paul II visited the parish Nov. 1991. In an off-the-cuff homily, Pope … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ tough words against horrors of human trafficking

Vatican City, Feb 8, 2015 / 10:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis marked the Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking by calling on governments to remove this “shameful wound” which has no place in “civil society.” “Each one of us feels committed to being the voice of these, our brothers and sisters, humiliated in their dignity,” the Holy Father said to the crowds gathered in Saint Peter's Square, moments after the recitation of the … [Read more...]

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Austerity marks the life of Archbishop Blazquez, Spain’s next cardinal

Valladolid, Spain, Feb 8, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Ricardo Blazquez Perez' friends say one of his first decisions as Archbishop of Valladolid was to set aside part of his salary to help those affected by Spain's economic crisis. Although he will be made a cardinal within the week, his pay remains the same – that of a typical parish priest. Earlier this year, Pope Francis announced that Archbishop Blazquez would be among the 20 men whom he will raise to the … [Read more...]

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Could two new laws suffocate the Catholic Church in DC?

Washington D.C., Feb 7, 2015 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops and several other Catholic and pro-life groups are asking Congress to nullify two new Washington, D.C. laws that they say could choke their ability to operate according to their religious beliefs. The legislation amounts to “unprecedented assaults upon our organizations,” the coalition of groups stated in a letter to all members of Congress. “Both laws violate the freedom of religion, freedom of … [Read more...]

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