Human dignity guides Church’s AIDS work in Philippines and worldwide

Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2012 / 03:02 pm (CNA).- The alarming spread of HIV in the Philippines must be addressed with an approach that puts human dignity and responsibility first, a top Church adviser on the AIDS epidemic told CNA. “In the Philippines, as in all countries of the world, the hierarchy of the Catholic Church has focused on the dignity of the human person and on the responsibility that such dignity entails in caring for oneself and all other persons,” Monsignor Robert … [Read more...]

Following conscience is a duty

Worcester, Mass., Jul 29, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- “I’m not Catholic, so this doesn’t apply to me.”Some respond thus to the government’s mandate that employers pay for health insurance that covers contraception, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs.The Health and Human Services Department mandate is part of the 2010 health care reform law, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict urges end to bloodshed in Syria

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Jul 29, 2012 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI called for an immediate halt to “all violence and shedding of blood” in Syria during his weekly Angelus address on Sunday.“I ask God to give the wisdom of the heart, especially for those who have the greatest responsibilities, so that no effort is spared in the quest for peace, including the international community, through dialogue and reconciliation, for a proper political settlement of the … [Read more...]

Church to honor ‘Doctor of Homilies’ on July 30

Denver, Colo., Jul 29, 2012 / 07:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On July 30, the Catholic Church celebrates Saint Peter Chrysologus, a fifth-century Italian bishop known for testifying courageously to Christ's full humanity and divinity during a period of doctrinal confusion in the Church.The saint's title, Chrysologus, signifies “golden speech” in Greek. Named as a Doctor of the Church in 1729, he is distinguished as the “Doctor of Homilies” for the concise but … [Read more...]