In Christmas message, Pope extends Christ’s peace to the world

In Christmas message, Pope extends Christ’s peace to the world

Vatican City, Dec 25, 2012 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict outlined the power of faith and pointed to Christ coming in the flesh as the source of hope and peace for society in his annual “Urbi et Orbi” or, “The city and to the world,” message on Christmas day.

God has done everything; he has done the impossible: he was made flesh,” the Pope emphasized.

“His all-powerful love has accomplished something which surpasses all human understanding: the Infinite has become a child, has entered the human family.”

During his remarks, the Pope also appealed for an end to violence in conflict ravaged countries in the world such as Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, called for a peaceful democratic transition in Egypt and urged respect for religious freedom in China. Read more

Pope reflects on finding faith in a secular world

Pope reflects on finding faith in a secular world

By Matthew A. Rarey
Pope Benedict XVI holds his Wednesday general audience on Nov. 7, 2012 in St. Peter’s Square. Credit: Matthew Rarey-CNA.

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2012 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of teachings on faith by observing that although secularism is on the rise, everyone has a desire for God, and this can be seen in the experience of love.

“Even in today’s secularized society, this desire for God continues to make itself felt, above all in the experience of love,” he told thousands of pilgrims assembled in St. Peter’s Square for the Nov. 7 general audience. Read more



Vatican City, 14 October 2012 (VIS) – “God can conquer the heart of a person with many possessions and lead him towards solidarity and sharing with the poor and needy, so that he can enter into the logic of giving”, said the Pope commenting on today’s Gospel reading which narrates Jesus’ meeting with a rich young man.

“Jesus teaches that it is very difficult but not impossible for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God“, said the Holy Father in his remarks before praying the Angelus. “Indeed, through the ‘the logic of giving’, a person may follow the path of Jesus Christ Who, as the Apostle Paul wrote, ‘for your sake … became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich'”. Read more

Fr. John Flynn: People’s Priest of the Bronx

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Fr. John Flynn: People’s Priest of the Bronx

Posted at: Monday, October 01, 2012 12:24:06 PM
Author: Tim Reidy

We are pleased to feature this guest blog from David Gonzalez. David is a reporter at The New York Times and a member of America’s board. He graduated from Saint Martin of Tours School in 1971:

To be with the Rev. John Flynn was to walk with faith.

Seriously—he would cross the streets around Saint Martin of Tours parish in the Bronx barely looking to see if any cars were barreling down the way. How he never got hit is a minor miracle. Yet whenever I accompanied him on his regular walks around his neighborhood, I just had to take it as an article of faith that we wouldn’t be mowed down by a crazed livery cab.

Granted, this lanky, tousle-haired priest with busted shoes and threadbare black slacks was out there often enough to be known to one and all in Crotona, a hardscrabble patch tucked between the Bronx Zoo and Little Italy. Everybody looked out for him.

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