Congressional hearing considers Syrian war crimes tribunal

Washington D.C., Oct 31, 2013 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a hearing before a congressional committee, policy officials called for the establishment of a Syrian war crimes tribunal to bring to justice those guilty of human rights violations in the 30-month long conflict.“Those who have perpetrated human rights violations among the Syrian government, the rebels and the foreign fighters on both sides of this conflict must be shown that their actions will have serious … [Read more...]

Pope was concerned interview could be misunderstood, writer says

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- According to a Catholic writer in Italy, Pope Francis was aware that his reported words in an Oct. 1 interview published in “La Repubblica” could be misunderstood, and took measures concerning this.Antonio Socci, a Catholic columnist for the Italian newspaper “Libero,” wrote Oct. 27 that after the publication of the interview, Pope Francis was fully aware of the risk of misunderstanding of some of his words, … [Read more...]

EU proposes $38 million to advance ‘reproductive health’

New York City, N.Y., Oct 31, 2013 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life advocates are voicing concern over abortion funding after a report revealed that the European Commission has set aside 28 million euro, roughly $38.4 million, for projects related to “sexual and reproductive health.”The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union.“The specific objective is to contribute to improved universal access to reproductive health,” said the European … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: No one can be Christian without love of God

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the necessity of God’s love in order to be faithful, and encouraged those present to make love the center of their lives.“Without the love of Christ, without living this love, without recognizing it, without nurturing this love, you cannot be Christian,” the Pope reflected during his Oct. 31 homily.The Pope celebrated his Mass this morning in the St. Sebastian Chapel near … [Read more...]

Former Yahoo executive thrilled to join ‘brotherhood’ of Church

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2013 / 06:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The previous head of one of the internet’s leading online search engines travelled to Rome in order to be received into the universal Church, expressing his joy at joining the family of faith.“I’m in Rome to become Catholic,” Richard Riley told CNA in an Oct. 28 interview, “I was married in the Catholic Church 13 years ago, I have four children who were baptized in the Catholic Church and I really wanted to … [Read more...]

Food is a human right, Vatican archbishop tells UN

New York City, N.Y., Oct 31, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop leading the Holy See’s delegation to the United Nations has praised international efforts to combat hunger, malnutrition and poverty, urging that more be done to secure “the human right to food.”“While improvements in food production remain an important goal, food security will be achieved by all only when we change social structures and when we learn to show greater solidarity towards the … [Read more...]

NSA allegedly spied on Vatican, Italian paper says

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new report by an Italian publication accuses the U.S. National Security Agency of listening to the phone calls of Vatican officials and prelates, during a time period leading up to the conclave.Father Federico Lombardi, head of the Vatican press office, told CNA on Oct. 30 that he is unaware of such activity and is “not worried.”His comments come in response to allegations published by Italian weekly magazine … [Read more...]