Sep 18, 2010 - 09:15 pm .- At a Saturday afternoon press conference Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi reflected on the progress of the papal visit. He said that Pope Benedict, as he expected, found a very positive attitude among the faithful despite the tone of pre-visit media coverage.
Sep 18, 2010 - 03:58 pm .- A diverse and enthusiastic crowd of tens of thousands joined Pope Benedict XVI for his final event in London. Attendees told CNA they were extremely happy to join the event to bear witness to their faith and to show their love for the Pope.
Sep 18, 2010 - 02:27 pm .- Saturday evening in London’s Hyde Park Pope Benedict XVI presided at the vigil of prayer for the beatification of Cardinal Newman. Encouraging young people to be open to God’s call, he said that Christians can neither go on with “business as usual” nor ignore the “profound crisis of faith” in modern society.
Sep 18, 2010 - 01:11 pm .- Don’t wait until the anesthesiologist is ready to put the mask on you before you think about the Sacrament of the Sick, says Fr. John Hay from the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas. He urges everyone to seek an anointing before they are admitted to a hospital.
Sep 18, 2010 - 01:07 pm .- The Holy Father visited a home for the elderly in London's Vauxhall area on Saturday afternoon. In his remarks, Pope Benedict referred to the growing population of elderly in the world as “a blessing for society.” He said that their care should be more a “repayment of a debt of gratitude” than a mere “act of generosity.”
Sep 18, 2010 - 12:22 pm .- On Saturday at the Apostolic Nunciature in London, Pope Benedict XVI met with a group of victims of clerical sexual abuse, the Vatican’s press office has announced. There he expressed “deep sorrow and shame” over what victims and their families had suffered.
Sep 18, 2010 - 08:41 am .- The Holy Father explained the meaning of mankind being created for love to a throng of young people on Saturday morning. To love, he said, is a decision made each day and at the source of it one can find his "true self" and vocation.
Sep 18, 2010 - 08:08 am .- New York priest Fr. Thomas Berg was recently appointed by Gov. David Paterson as a member of the state's Life and the Law task force. In an exclusive interview with CNA, Fr. Berg spoke of the numerous ethical challenges that New York faces as well as his intention to bring the “richness” of “moral tradition” to the debate on life issues.
Sep 18, 2010 - 08:04 am .- In upcoming years Catholics will likely find it harder to influence the course of American culture or to live their faith “authentically,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has written. A social consensus which once supported Christian assumptions in the U.S. is “much weakened” to the point that there is “no more revolutionary act” than to live Christian faith with integrity, he said.
Sep 18, 2010 - 07:49 am .- Expressing the “shame and humiliation” of all the Church for the suffering caused by priests who abuse children, the Holy Father hoped that through Christ victims might find healing and peace. He stressed his “deep sorrow” for the crimes committed and hoped for healing of victims, purification of the Church and a renewal of her commitment to children.
Sep 18, 2010 - 06:47 am .- The unity of Christ's sacrifice on the cross and his eternal priesthood is seen in Christ's Most Precious Blood, said Pope Benedict XVI at Saturday Mass. Calling it “the source of the Church's life,” he explained that the Church continues to share in Christ's Passion through the Eucharist and to be unified to Him through suffering and priestly dedication.