Catholic Charities ‘appalled’ by former board member’s abortion stance

Tallahassee, Fla., Apr 10, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida says it is saddened that a former board member has become a Planned Parenthood lobbyist, noting that she had affirmed Catholic teaching in applying for the board. “We were appalled and equally saddened and disappointed to learn of her advocacy on behalf of Planned Parenthood, and want to reiterate Catholic Charities' absolute commitment to upholding Catholic teachings on abortion and … [Read more...]

Vatican spokesman denies report that Benedict XVI is ill

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2013 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi says that contrary to a report in the Spanish daily El Mundo, the Bishop-emeritus of Rome, Benedict XVI, is not suffering from any illness. The report in El Mundo by Rocio Galvan quotes statements made by Spanish Vaticanista Paloma Gomez-Borrero in Madrid during the presentation of her most recent book.   “Benedict XVI has something very serious. In 15 days his physical condition … [Read more...]

Church bells toll in Colombia for victims of violence

Bogotá, Colombia, Apr 10, 2013 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- Church bells across Colombia rang out on Tuesday in a move of solidarity with the thousands of victims of violence that has plagued the country for decades. “This was a humanitarian gesture of closeness...with the victims of the violence in Colombia, that their suffering not be minimized or ignored and that their right to the truth, to justice and to reparations be protected,” Father Pedro Mercado Cepeda, adjunct secretary of the … [Read more...]

World misses God but it can see your joy, Pope tells audience

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2013 / 10:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis urged Catholics to serve humanity by showing “the joy of being children of God” to the world, since it “no longer seems able to lift its gaze towards God.” “Let us show the joy of being children of God, the freedom he gifts us to live in Christ … It is a precious service that we give to our world, which is often no longer able to lift its gaze upwards, it no longer seems able to lift its … [Read more...]

Vatican response to financial evaluation will exceed requirements

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2013 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican plans to demonstrate its commitment to financial transparency by presenting progress it has made in areas the Council of Europe’s money laundering prevention committee is not requiring. “With this initiative, the Holy See wishes to provide a more complete overview of the measures taken over the last year to further strengthen its institutional structure in the area of preventing money laundering and the financing … [Read more...]

Pope salutes his favorite soccer team

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2013 / 08:05 am (CNA).- Diverse groups from around the world were present at this morning’s general audience, but one – the Pope’s favorite soccer team – received a greeting from the pontiff that no one else did. As he moved through the list of those present at the April 10 assembly, he came to the only delegation from his homeland and said,  “Ah, this is very important!” That group was made up of representatives from the Saint … [Read more...]

Pope celebrates Mass with America’s highest-ranking Latino bishop

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2013 / 05:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope celebrated Mass with Archbishop José H. Gomez, the highest-ranking American bishop of Hispanic origin, on the feast of the Lord’s Annunciation. “It was a very special Eucharist for me because we were celebrating the Annunciation and I was ordained a Bishop in Denver on the Solemnity of the Annunciation in 2001,” Archbishop Gomez said in an April 8 Facebook post. “During the Mass,” the … [Read more...]