Vatican council supports US bishops in pro-life stance

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family has written to several U.S. bishops to express his support for the pro-life events this week surrounding the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. “Please accept my most sincere expression of solidarity and my promise of prayers as you prepare for the National Prayer Vigil and Masses for Life, and the Fortieth Annual March for Life,” wrote Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia on Jan. … [Read more...]

Vatican TV’s new director surprised at his appointment

Rome, Italy, Jan 24, 2013 / 02:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The new head of the Vatican Television Center says he was surprised when he was asked to lead one the Church’s important outlets for communicating the Pope’s teachings."It was an unexpected appointment because they were looking for me a week ago but I was visiting Brazil for a formation course for a favella's children project in the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro," said Monsignor Dario Edoardo … [Read more...]

In letter to SSPX, Vatican archbishop appeals for unity

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2013 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, one of the Roman officials involved in discussions with the Society of St. Pius X, wrote a letter to the society's priests, seeking “reconciliation and healing.” “Some new considerations of a more spiritual and theological nature are needed...considerations that focus rather on our duty to preserve and cherish the divinely willed unity and peace of the Church,” wrote the Dominican … [Read more...]

Pope focuses on best way to use social media

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2013 / 11:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has asked people to use social networking sites "responsibly" and "with respect," given the growing number of people who are becoming internet dependent."These spaces, when engaged in a wise and balanced way, help to foster forms of dialogue and debate which, if conducted respectfully and with concern for privacy, responsibility and truthfulness, can reinforce the bonds of unity," the Pope … [Read more...]

St. Francis de Sales, patron of Catholic writers, celebrated Jan. 24

Denver, Colo., Jan 24, 2013 / 10:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Jan. 24 marks the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and Christian unity whose role as a priest and bishop helped bring thousands of Protestants back to the Catholic Church. In the late 16th and early 17th century, St. Frances de Sales conducted spiritual direction both in person and in written correspondence. This inspired his famous work “Introduction to the Devout Life.” During his ministry in … [Read more...]

Vatican official says US pro-life marches have global impact

Rome, Italy, Jan 24, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A top Vatican official on life issues called the protests sweeping across the U.S. this week against abortion a historic witness to the sanctity of human life. “These marches for life that are taking place across the United States are very important, not only for the country, but for the whole world,” Bishop Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, told CNA Jan. 23. “These events which favor human … [Read more...]

Catholics call end-of-life care central to pro-life mission

Denver, Colo., Jan 24, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA).- Catholic healthcare providers and legal professionals in the Denver region convened to share the importance of end-of-life care as a necessary part of a pro-life worldview. Mark Skender of Divine Mercy Supportive Care, Inc. reminded the more than 60 people in attendance at the Colorado Catholic Medical Association’s Jan. 16 meeting that being pro-life means protecting life from conception to natural death. Unfortunately, he noted, today … [Read more...]