State Department asked to aid Chen Guangcheng’s nephew

Washington D.C., May 15, 2013 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bipartisan coalition of Congress members has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, calling for government action to protect the family members of Chinese pro-life leader Chen Guangcheng.“Chen Guangcheng and his family have suffered greatly at the hands of Chinese officials in Shandong Province,” wrote the congressional leaders.“Their story is not unfamiliar but it is somewhat unique, in that it … [Read more...]

Clergy must be shepherds, not wolves, says Pope

Vatican City, May 15, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said on Wednesday that bishops and priests must take care to avoid temptations in order to be an effective shepherd, protecting their flock from dangers.He urged the Catholic faithful to pray for bishops and priests, “because if we go on the road to riches, if we go on the road to vanity, we become wolves and not shepherds.”The Pope’s words came in his May 15 homily in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae … [Read more...]

Cardinal ‘deeply’ troubled by human cloning development

Boston, Mass., May 15, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley called the successful production of embryonic stem cells by cloning human embryos an “abuse” which ignores the dignity and value of the human person. “The news that researchers have developed a technique for human cloning is deeply troubling on many levels,” the archbishop of Boston, who chairs U.S. bishops' pro-life activities committee, said May 15. “Creating new human … [Read more...]

Pope highlights religious freedom on Edict of Milan anniversary

Vatican City, May 15, 2013 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis stressed the importance of religious freedom in a message for the 1,700th anniversary of the Roman Emperor Constantine legalizing Christianity.The Pope said in his message, released May 15 by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, that “this historical decision” which gave religious freedom to Christians, “opened new ways to the Gospel and contributed decisively to the birth of the European … [Read more...]

Church movements bringing 50,000 more than Vatican expected

Vatican City, May 15, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The attendance response to a Pentecost weekend event for Church movements has exceeded the Vatican’s expectations by 50,000 people. “Over 120,000 people have signaled their attendance, around 150 different ecclesial realities coming from around the world are registered attesting to the fact that the Church's catholicity knows no boundaries,” said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, head of the Pontifical Council for … [Read more...]

Cardinal O’Brien leaving Scotland for penance, prayer

Vatican City, May 15, 2013 / 09:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien will be spending several months in penance and prayer outside of Scotland after meeting with Pope Francis, according to the Vatican. The Vatican press office released a one-paragraph statement on May 15 which says that Cardinal O’Brien “for the same reasons he decided not to participate in the last Conclave, and in agreement with the Holy Father, will be leaving Scotland for several months for … [Read more...]

Holy Spirit leads to truth amid relativism, Pope counsels

Vatican City, May 15, 2013 / 04:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As he looked ahead to Pentecost, Pope Francis spoke about the Holy Spirit’s role in guiding Christians to know Jesus, who is the Truth, in an age of relativism. “We live in an age rather skeptical of truth,” the Pope said, as he encouraged Christians to let themselves “be imbued with the light of the Holy Spirit, so that he introduces us into the Truth of God.” But “you cannot grab the truth as if … [Read more...]