Pope targets worldly Church as biggest threat

Vatican City, Apr 30, 2013 / 06:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The “greatest danger” for the Church is if it becomes worldly, since this prevents her from communicating the message of the Cross, Pope Francis said. “When the Church becomes worldly, when she has the spirit of the world within herself … it is a weak Church, a defeated Church, unable to transmit the Gospel, the message of the Cross, the scandal of the Cross ... She cannot transmit this if she is worldly,” … [Read more...]

Council of Europe hailed for religious freedom resolution

Strasbourg, France, Apr 30, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A resolution passed by the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly is being lauded as an important – although limited – recognition of religious and conscience rights in the public sphere.“The important step with this resolution is the mention of the right to conscientious objection and the enlargement of its scope of application,” Dr. Grégor Puppinck, director general of the European Centre … [Read more...]

Videos show Gosnell practices in other abortion clinics

Washington D.C., Apr 30, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Newly released videos from Live Action, a pro-life advocacy group, show that doctor Kermit Gosnell's practice of murdering infants who survive abortions is not isolated to his facility. “It is clear from our investigation that the horrors revealed during the Kermit Gosnell trial are not exclusive to that clinic,” Lila Rose, president of Live Action, stated April 29. “Our videos expose the truly gruesome, … [Read more...]

US bishops say budget should prioritize poor

Washington D.C., Apr 30, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have responded to President Barack Obama's 2014 budget proposal with a call to give high priority to funding for those in need. “As persistently high poverty and unemployment plague our nation, and war and crushing poverty tear families apart around the world, a just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts to programs that help people live in a manner worthy of their human … [Read more...]

Poverty linked to respect for life in Pope’s book

Denver, Colo., Apr 29, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his newly translated book, Pope Francis proposes a Christ-centered understanding of human dignity that yields a comprehensive respect for life reaching from the unborn to the impoverished.“He clearly makes the case that Jesus brings about a completely new vision of humanity, that human life is provided with a dignity that goes beyond our capacity to understand,” Alejandro Bermudez, the book's translator, told CNA … [Read more...]

Stabbing attack at New Mexico church hospitalizes four

Albuquerque, N.M., Apr 29, 2013 / 04:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A 24-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing several members of the choir at a Catholic church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, during Sunday Mass.The knife-wielding man reportedly climbed over several pews and attacked the choir director, a choir member and two others after communion at the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church.“I looked up, and I saw a young man with a very scary look in his … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan urges freedom for kidnapped bishops

Washington D.C., Apr 29, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a plea for the release of two kidnapped Orthodox archbishops in Syria.“The kidnapping of two men of peace is a sign of the terrible violence that is destroying the fabric of Syrian society,” Cardinal Dolan said in an April 26 statement.He explained that the plight of the archbishops, along with the murder of their driver, … [Read more...]