Pope: the Gospel doesn’t oppress, but frees those enslaved to evil

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2015 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis pointed to the authority with which Jesus preached, saying that his words in the Gospel aren’t aimed to limit, but rather liberate us from evil and worldly spirits. “The Gospel is the word of life: it does not oppress people, (but) on the contrary it frees those who are enslaved by so many evil spirits in this world: vanity, the attachment to money, pride, sensuality,” the Pope … [Read more...]

What the Roman Curia will be schooled on during Lent

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Lenten spiritual exercises for the Roman curia will this year be preached by Fr. Bruno Secondin, a Carmelite, focused on the prophet Elijah and the prophetic role of the Church today. The news of the Feb. 22-27 retreat, themed “Servants and prophets of the living God”, was announced in L'Osservatore Romano Jan. 30. It will be held in the Casa Divin Maestro of Ariccia, a city bordering Albano Laziale and 16 miles … [Read more...]

Pope Francis announces June visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2015 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis announced he will visit the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo in June, where WWI broke out in 1914 with the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand. “Dear brothers and sisters, I would like to announce that Saturday, June 6, God willing, I will go to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square Feb. 1. “I … [Read more...]

Bishop urges youth of India to work for tolerance amid increase in violence

Bellary, India, Jan 31, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement, Bishop Hendry D'Souza of Bellary, has raised his voice about the necessity of religious tolerance and interreligious dialouge in India. “Social amity should not be the responsibility of the government alone, rather all citizens of the country have a bounden duty to consciously stand for such fundamental rights and ensure all communities enjoy them without discrimination, … [Read more...]

Humanity cannot exist without farmers, says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told farmers on Saturday that in a world marked by wastefulness and extreme climate change, they have the important vocation of caring for the earth and providing for all of humanity. “Care for the earth, making alliance with it, in order that it may continue to be, as God wants, the source of life for the entire human family,” the Pope said.The Holy Father's remarks were made in the Clementine Hall … [Read more...]

Archbishops Chaput, Gomez confirmed participants in Synod on the Family

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2015 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has confirmed the participation of 48 delegates chosen by bishops' conferences to take part in this year's Synod on the Family. Included on the list are all those elected by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, the US' largest archdiocese, and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, where the upcoming World Meeting of Families will be held, will … [Read more...]

Church in Italy fights against imposition of gender ideology in schools

Rome, Italy, Jan 31, 2015 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The general secretary of the Italian bishops conference stressed on Friday that the attempt to introduce textbooks into the nation's schools that present gender theory as a fact are an effort to turn biological data upside down. Bishop Nunzio Galantino of Cassano all’Jonio, general secretary of the Italian bishops conference, spoke following a meeting of the Italian Bishops Permanent Council, which took place Jan. 26-28. On … [Read more...]