Lawmaker calls for concrete action to fight modern slave trade

Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2013 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.S. congressman urged the international community to train transportation employees to identify and fight human trafficking situations, as well as to establish a hotline for trafficking victims.“Combatting modern-day slavery is everybody’s business. We are all in this together,” said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) on June 10.“Cooperation and coordination are key to mitigating – and someday ending … [Read more...]

Report finds Catholic population growing in South Korea

Seoul, South Korea, Jun 12, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Recent statistics indicate that the Catholic population in South Korea has increased over the past year.Last month, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea released a publication entitled Statistics of the Catholic Church in Korea 2011.The report, prepared by the Catholic Pastoral Institute of Korea, states that at the end of 2012, there were 5,361,369 Catholics in the country, an increase of 1.6 percent – or … [Read more...]

Latin American religious backtrack on Pope and gay lobby

Lima, Peru, Jun 12, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA).- In response to media flurry, the Latin American Confederation of Men and Women Religious (CLAR) released a statement on June 11 claiming that the assertion of a gay lobby at the Vatican “cannot be attributed with certainty to the Holy Father.”The news that Pope Francis acknowledged the existence of a gay lobby at the Vatican was published on Monday by the left-leaning Chilean Catholic portal  “Reflexión y … [Read more...]

Pope calls for end to ‘plague’ of child labor

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2013 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has launched an appeal against child labor, calling it an “deplorable phenomenon" during his Wednesday general audience. “It is my heartfelt hope that the international community will initiate still more effective measures in addressing this authentic plague,” said Pope Francis on June 12. “Listen, it is a deplorable phenomenon which is constantly increasing, especially in poor … [Read more...]

‘God is stronger,’ Pope insists as he urges outreach

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2013 / 10:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis asked the tens of thousands of Catholics gathered in Saint Peter’s Square to overcome divisions and the fear of evangelizing by trusting that “God is stronger.” “Just as I said, it is enough to open a newspaper and we see that around us there is the presence of evil, the Devil is at work,” he said at the June 12 general audience. “But I would like to say in a loud voice God is stronger, … [Read more...]

Pope targets longing for past, ‘adolescent progressivism’

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2013 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The progress of the Church can be hindered by the dual temptations of wanting to remain in the past and “adolescent progressivism,” Pope Francis said. The danger of a progressive approach to the Holy Spirit is that believers becomes “like teenagers who in their enthusiasm want to have everything, and in the end? You slip up…” he said at the June 12 morning Mass. “It’s like when the road is … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke backs pro-life legislative efforts

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2013 / 07:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just three days before a Vatican pro-life summit, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke urged people to actively resist efforts to pass anti-life legislation, because “many strong forces are at work.” “Catholics should be involved in various groups, which are organized to influence legislation so that it can respect the dignity of human life,” Cardinal Burke told CNA in an exclusive June 11 interview. “They should … [Read more...]