Hotel chain ends porn channels over human trafficking link

Washington D.C., Sep 5, 2013 / 05:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Citing connections to human trafficking, a major Scandinavian hotel chain has announced that it is eliminating pornography channels from its hotel rooms.“The porn industry contributes to trafficking, so I see it as a natural part of having a social responsibility to send out a clear signal that Nordic Hotels doesn't support or condone this,” said Petter Stordalen, the owner of Nordic Hotels.A Norwegian billionaire … [Read more...]

Argentine bishop: weak faith life has caused marriage crisis

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sep 5, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Andres Stanovnik of Corrientes has said Argentines need to return to living their faith, because a weak faith life has led to a crisis in marriage and to a lack of respect for human life.   “We need to look for deepest symptoms of the crisis of Christian marriage and the family in the weakening of the life of faith,” the Archbishop of Corrientes, in northern Argentina not far from Paraguay, said Aug. … [Read more...]

Pope asks world leaders to reject ‘futile’ military action in Syria

St. Petersburg, Sep 5, 2013 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As world leaders meet in St. Petersburg, Russia, for the G20 summit, Pope Francis has sent a message urging against military involvement in Syria.“To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution,” said Pope Francis in a Sept. 4 letter to the group’s leader, Russian … [Read more...]

Catholic college ‘delighted’ to receive top ratings in Australia

Broadway NSW, Australia, Sep 5, 2013 / 12:20 pm (CNA).- Officials at the University of Notre Dame Australia are pleased to have received the highest ratings in excellence in several different areas from the Good Universities Guide 2014.“We are delighted by this year’s results,” Professor Celia Hammond, vice chancellor of the Australian university, told CNA on Aug. 30“As a university, we strive to provide each student with an excellent education that enriches the … [Read more...]

Pope’s vigil for Syrian peace expected to be biggest in decades

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2013 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A five-hour prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square for peace in Syria, initiated by Pope Francis and to be held this Saturday, will be the largest the Vatican has seen in years, according to the Holy See’s press director. “I’ve been here for 23 years and I remember gatherings for peace in Assisi, but I don’t remember anything with this dimension in Saint Peter’s Square,” Fr. Federico Lombardi told a … [Read more...]

Vatican rejects report that Pope Francis telephoned Assad

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official denied a news story that claimed that Pope Francis had telephoned the Syrian president, Bashar Al-Assad.Argentinian daily Clarin stated the pontiff telephoned the country’s leader to discuss ongoing violence in the country and possible military strikes from outside nations.But the director of the Holy See press office affirmed during a Sept. 5 press conference that the Pope did not come into contact with … [Read more...]

New encyclical to clarify poverty vows, cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Sep 5, 2013 / 04:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new encyclical that is being written by Pope Francis will help address how to live out a vow of poverty in the modern world, according to one cardinal.“How to define poverty is not easy today because it’s not a question of radical poverty,” Cardinal Prosper Grech, an Augustinian friar, told CNA Sept. 3, “but an encyclical on poverty will help all religious orders to define how to really live poverty in our … [Read more...]