Pilgrim at Pope’s Mass: ‘Today everyone feels Argentinian’

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2013 / 07:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Everyone felt a little Argentinian and extremely happy today, according to members of diverse religious orders who attended the Pope’s installation Mass this morning. “Today everyone feels Argentinian, or at least us Latin Americans do,” said Peruvian priest Father Jose Tola at Saint Peter’s Square. “I’m extremely happy and excited,” he told CNA during the March 19 inauguration Mass of Pope … [Read more...]

Architect says Churches must be beautiful to reflect faith

South Bend, Ind., Mar 19, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA).- Because they help impart the Catholic faith to the world, Church buildings have a responsibility to reflect God's beauty, says architect and author Duncan Stroik. “You learn your faith through the (church) building; they're sermons in stone, and that's why they're so important,” Stroik, a professor at the University of Notre Dame's School of Architecture, told CNA March 14. “There's no question in … [Read more...]

Everyone must be ‘protector’ like St. Joseph, Pope says

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2013 / 03:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called on all people to be “protectors,” like Saint Joseph, by watching over and caring for the poor, families, friendships, the environment and their own emotions and hearts. “In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts! “Whenever human beings fail to live up to this responsibility, whenever we fail to care … [Read more...]

Protest highlights treatment of Coptic Christians in Libya

Washington D.C., Mar 19, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA).- Christians gathered in front of the Libyan Embassy in Washington, D.C., on March 14 to peacefully protest the recent detainment and torture of Copts in Libya.One protestor, a Middle Eastern Christian, told CNA that the Libyan government holds Coptic Christians and “accuses them of evangelizing against Islam” for possessing Christian Bibles and icons, even though such items are permissible under Libyan law. “I'm … [Read more...]

Catholic youth congress highlights friendship with Christ

Bridgeport, Conn., Mar 19, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA).- Hundreds of high school students attended the 2013 Convivio Youth Congress in Connecticut March 8-10 to talk about the Christian faith, grow spiritually and consider the meaning of friendship today. Florencia Silva, youth ministry director for the Diocese of Bridgeport, said the event is intended “to help kids encounter Christ and grow in their friendship with him.” Friendship, she noted, is “a very important topic” … [Read more...]

Congressional delegates praise Pope’s loving example

Washington D.C., Mar 18, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of Congress traveling to the Vatican for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis praised the new Pontiff as a spiritual leader who presents the fullness of Church teaching in love. Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) told CNA that it is “really an honor” to both “symbolically and tangibly represent the House of Representatives” at the Pope's installation Mass on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph. Smith … [Read more...]

Congressional delegates praise Pope’s loving example

Washington D.C., Mar 18, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of Congress traveling to the Vatican for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis praised the new Pontiff as a spiritual leader who presents the fullness of Church teaching in love. Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) told CNA that it is “really an honor” to both “symbolically and tangibly represent the House of Representatives” at the Pope's installation Mass on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph. Smith … [Read more...]


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