Pope’s women in the Church remarks urge a deeper theology

Washington D.C., Jul 31, 2013 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Recent comments by Pope Francis on the role of women in the Church not only assert that their status does not depend on ordination, but call for a developed “theology of women,” says a Catholic analyst. “He’s acknowledging that a lot has changed with the modern world for women, and that maybe the Church hasn’t spoken as much as it could to the issues that women are facing,” said Ashley McGuire, … [Read more...]

Massive sex trafficking bust applauded by US lawmaker

Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A major U.S. law enforcement operation, which saved over 100 minors from prostitution rings and arrested over 150, drew praise from a congressman known for toughening laws against sex trafficking.The raids were “simultaneously sad and heartening,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), co-chair of the Congressional Human Trafficking Congress.“Those children are freed from a terrible life of misery, but these crimes would … [Read more...]

Catholic Bible studies in Thailand strengthen faith

Bangkok, Thailand, Jul 30, 2013 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Foreign missionaries in Thailand once dedicated their lives to encountering Christ, spreading the gospel and helping the growth of the Church.Now this evangelical responsibility has been taken over by the Thai community. Local priests, religious and the laity help serve the mission of the local church, where Bible studies have become an important part of parish life.At the parish of St. Nikolaus Church in the city of Pattaya, … [Read more...]

Pope cries with Brazilian child who wants to be a priest

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 30, 2013 / 02:54 pm (CNA).- Nathan de Brito brought Pope Francis to tears during one of his motorcades through the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Friday, when he broke past barriers to deliver an important message to the Pontiff. “Your Holiness, I want to be a priest of Christ, a representative of Christ,” de Brito whispered in the ear of Pope Francis July 26, after jumping hurdles and making his way to the Popemobile in his Brazilian national soccer team … [Read more...]

Cardinal Turkson links care for environment, human life

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 30, 2013 / 12:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Respect for the environment is a matter of justice, connected to respect for human life and founded upon our relationship with God and his creation, said Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana.“The concern for the earth must go in tandem – side-by-side – with concern for human life itself,” he said.The cardinal, who heads the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, spoke last week to a group of pilgrims at … [Read more...]

Interfaith leaders support Israeli-Palestine peace talks

Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2013 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Leaders from various faiths, including three U.S. bishops, sent a letter of support to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for his promise to prioritize Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. "We support the President’s commitment to make Israeli-Palestinian peace a high priority of U.S. policy," said the July 26 letter. “Recognizing, as you do, that the passage of time makes achieving a viable two-state solution … [Read more...]

Polish pilgrims already anticipating Krakow 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 30, 2013 / 09:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With the final Mass of World Youth Day 2013 barely coming to a close, young people from Poland were already thinking about the next time the event will be held - in their home country.“I can’t wait,” said Ola Rzezinowska. “I think it’s going to be a really great experience. Krakow is an awesome city.”Born in Poland, Rzezinowska now lives in Chicago, but maintains close ties to her … [Read more...]