National abortion rallies ignore pain of women, critics say

Washington D.C., Oct 30, 2013 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A national campaign to depict abortion as a normal and positive experience has drawn criticism for overlooking the harm that abortion causes to women and their unborn children.“This campaign reinforces the political beliefs about the goodness of abortion without giving women a chance to be honest about how they feel about their abortion or their lost child,” said Tina Whittington, executive vice president for Students for … [Read more...]

Costa Rica court: Church has right to speak on social issues

San José, Costa Rica, Oct 30, 2013 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- Costa Rica's Electoral Supreme Court has said that the Church has the right to speak about social and moral issues, proclaiming its teaching freely in order to inform the nation’s voters.The Catholic Church has the right to “take stances on the country's social problems, as well as to preach the faith with authentic freedom, teach its social doctrine, exercise an earthly mission without interference and issue moral … [Read more...]

Curia reform may increase Congregations, reduce Pontifical Councils

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2013 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' reform of the Roman Curia is expected to produce a new document regulating the body, and to reduce the number of Pontifical Councils, while increasing the number of Congregations.The group of eight cardinals advising Pope Francis on the reform and on the government of the Church will have their second meeting at the Vatican Dec. 3-5, following their Oct. 1-3 meeting.“The cardinals are not thinking about an … [Read more...]

Friend says Benedict XVI’s legacy marked by faith, reason link

Rome, Italy, Oct 30, 2013 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A noted French philosopher and friend of retired pontiff Benedict XVI reflected that the former Pope's greatest contribution during his pontificate could be how he addressed the rationality of belief. “As far as I can judge…the way in which he asked afresh the question of the relationship between faith and reason might have a lasting influence,” Remi Brague told CNA in an Oct. 25 interview. Brague, who attended … [Read more...]

Love of God ‘scorches’ our selfishness, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2013 / 05:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Creed, stressing the centrality of the Communion of Saints in the faith and how that communion embraces and purifies the Church. “The love of God,” Pope Francis told thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square Oct. 30 for his weekly  address, “scorches our selfishness, judgments and divisions.” The Pope opened his remarks by saying … [Read more...]

Widower’s book recounts path of trust in providence

Washington D.C., Oct 30, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After watching and suffering alongside his late wife's battle with cancer, Chris Faddis, author of the book “It is Well: Life in the Storm,” hopes that people will learn to place their trust in God in the midst of struggles. "Trust isn't about trusting that God is going to take us out of the pain, or that God is going to redeem us here on Earth,” said Chris Faddis to CNA during an Oct. 22 … [Read more...]

Zambian bishops preparing to launch Catholic television station

Lusaka, Zambia, Oct 30, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic television is coming to the southern African country of Zambia following years of effort by the Zambian bishops conference.“It has been a very long wait, but worthwhile,” Father Paul Samasumo, spokesman for the Zambian Episcopal Conference, said in an Oct. 24 statement published by Vatican Radio.He said the Zambian bishops decided to use radio and television especially as a means to evangelize as far back as … [Read more...]