Monthly Archives: January 2016

Mass in sign language? Over 20 Spanish priests celebrate it every week

Madrid, Spain, Jan 31, 2016 / 06:13 am (CNA/Europa Press).- In the Catholic Church, the spoken language is central to the liturgy: we recite the Nicene Creed as one, we praise the Lord with the Gloria that we sing, and we bow our heads to hear the blessing we receive at the end of Mass.

But there’s a different reality for hearing impaired and deaf Catholics around the world.

Father Sergio Buiza, the national director of the Spanish Conference of Catholic Bishops Deaf Ministry, said their goal is to “bring the Gospel to the maximum number of people,” including, of …read more



Pope Francis: it's not us, but God who takes the first step

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2016 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis said that it’s the weak and vulnerable who are most valuable in God’s eyes, and stressed that it’s always him who takes the initiative in meeting us where we are.

“God meets the men and women of every time and place in the concrete situation in which they find themselves. He also comes to encounter us,” the Pope said Jan. 31, adding that “it’s always he who makes the first step.”

Francis explained that it is God who “comes to visit us with his mercy, to …read more



Catholics crowdsource in hopes of rescuing alleged St. Kateri relic

Albany, N.Y., Jan 30, 2016 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic faithful are banding together to help rescue a possible relic of St. Kateri Tekawitha in a strange – and thoroughly modern – way: by using a crowdsourcing internet forum.

“It’s my first GoFundMe,” said Bill Jacobs, co-founder and president of the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center.

Speaking to CNA about the center’s “Rescue Saint Kateri Reliquary!” campaign, he explained, “Our hope is to raise enough money and get it back into the hands of the Church.”

St. Kateri Tekakwitha was born in 1656 as part of the Iroquois confederacy …read more



Hundreds of thousands attend ‘Family Day’ as Italy debates same-sex unions

Rome, Italy, Jan 30, 2016 / 12:24 pm (CNA).- Rome’s Circus Maximus was the site of a massive rally against a proposed law which would allow same-sex unions across the country of Italy.

Hundreds of thousands are estimated to have gathered for ‘Family Day’ at the historic site in the capital city a week ahead of a vote which could allow same-sex couples to legally enter into civil unions.

If passed, the legislation would grant same-sex couples – as well as non-married couples of the opposite sex – the same legal rights as married couples of the opposite …read more



Mercy and mission go hand-in-hand, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 30, 2016 / 06:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Mercy and the Christian responsibility to be missionaries are closely connected, Pope Francis said Saturday, kicking off the first in a series of special audiences for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

“As Christians, we have the responsibility to be missionaries of the Gospel,” the Pope said during the Jan. 30 audience, which centered on the “close link between mercy and mission.”

The pontiff explained how mercy received from the Father is not meant as a “private consolation” for us, but a tool whereby “others can receive the same gift.”

“There is …read more



For these Benedictine monks, to brew well-made beer is to pray

Rome, Italy, Jan 30, 2016 / 04:03 am (CNA).- A group of Italy-based monks pray and work at their monastery at St. Benedict’s birthplace. Now the fruits of their labors – Belgian-style beers – are coming to America.

“We never expected people to appreciate it and enjoy it as much as they have,” Father Benedict Nivakoff, the sub-prior of the Monastery of Saint Benedict at Norcia, told CNA Jan. 28.

“A brewer has to have always a little bit of hope. It’s not just for his enjoyment, but to share with others. God does things that we don’t always expect …read more