China one-child policy denounced as violating women’s rights

Washington D.C., Aug 31, 2013 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As stories of forced abortions continue to surface in China, a women’s rights activist is arguing that the nation’s one-child policy has widespread negative effects on the society, particularly its women.Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, told CNA that the one-child policy “is enforced through forced abortion, up to the ninth month of pregnancy. It is also enforced through forced … [Read more...]

Pope Francis names Italian archbishop to top Vatican post

Vatican City, Aug 31, 2013 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made a key appointment at the Vatican today, naming 58-year-old Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin as his new Secretary of State.“It is with trepidation that I place myself in this new service to the Gospel, to the Church and to Pope Francis,” said Archbishop Parolin in an Aug. 31 statement, which was released by the Holy See Press Office along with the news of his appointment.For the last four years, … [Read more...]

Catholic Voices USA names Boston media leader as new head

Boston, Mass., Aug 31, 2013 / 06:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The communications training group Catholic Voices USA has named as its next executive director Scot Landry, a leading media official with the Archdiocese of Boston. “I am very excited for the opportunity to lead the Catholic Voices apostolate and to continue to participate in the Church's New Evangelization efforts,” Landry said in an interview published Aug. 30 in the Boston archdiocese’s newspaper The Boston … [Read more...]

US weighs military action in Syria as bishops call for dialogue

Washington D.C., Aug 30, 2013 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Top U.S. officials say they are still considering a “narrow” military response to the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria, as a representative of the U.S. bishops urges negotiations aimed at peace.“We will continue talking to the Congress, talking to our allies and, most importantly, talking to the American people,” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in an Aug. 30 address.While the option of a … [Read more...]

New Philippines campaign seeks to help typhoon victims

Manila, Philippines, Aug 30, 2013 / 04:27 pm (CNA).- The Augustinian Recollects in the Philippines have organized a campaign to assist the nearly one million people in Manila and various provinces on Luzon Island affected by recent storms.Earlier this month, Manila and surrounding areas were devastated by severe flooding caused by a powerful typhoon, which intensified the effects of the area's monsoon rains.Last week, it was reported by local authorities that roughly 60 percent of the … [Read more...]

Legionary named as secretary general of Vatican City government

Vatican City, Aug 30, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Aug. 30, Pope Francis appointed Father Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, a member of the Legionaries of Christ, to be the new secretary general of the Governorate of Vatican City State. The position is the Vatican's number-two administrator, and was vacated last Saturday, Aug. 24, when Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca was transferred to the Apostolic Signatura. Fr. Vérgez will serve under the president of the Vatican City … [Read more...]

Augustinian order to focus on evangelizing Europe, youth

Rome, Italy, Aug 30, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Augustinian order is working on devising ways to evangelize secularized Europe and young people during the next few years, said members at the group’s meeting in Rome.“Since we’re spread out in many different countries with many different governmental organizations, it’s important for us to stress our unity and the way we want to work together and present ourselves to the wider Church,” explained the … [Read more...]


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