US bishops to address ‘pervasive’ challenges of pornography

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2013 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have overwhelmingly approved the creation of a statement on pornography to address the “serious pastoral challenges” and consequences that it poses on a spiritual, social and personal level.“Pornography comes in many forms but leaves its effects on all those exploited by or exposed to it. It is a great temptation that ravages men, women and children,” Bishop Richard J. Malone, chairman-elect of … [Read more...]

Bishops create new staff position to aid post-abortion healing

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2013 / 03:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have voted to add a bishops’ conference staff member to work with the post-abortion healing ministry Project Rachel at a national level, citing growing demand for help. “Over the past several years, diocesan interest in and expansion of post-abortion healing ministries have dramatically increased,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, the chair of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life activities … [Read more...]

Bishops extend initiative for life, marriage, religious liberty

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2013 / 01:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have voted overwhelmingly to continue their “Call to Prayer” aimed at the promotion of life, marriage and religious freedom.“The work of the New Evangelization requires prayer and ongoing conversion,” said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.Addressing the gathering of U.S. bishops at … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: the hands of God are ‘blistered by love’

Vatican City, Nov 12, 2013 / 10:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis recalled how God formed man with his own hand, emphasizing that he is a father who seeks to console his children rather than hurt them. “Jesus, God, has taken his wounds with him: he makes them visible to the Father. This is the price: The hands of God are hands blistered by love! And this consoles us much,” the Pope stated during his Nov. 12 daily homily. The pontiff directed his … [Read more...]

Costa Rica ambassador praises ‘paternal’ heart of Pope Francis

Vatican City, Nov 12, 2013 / 09:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Costa Rican ambassador to Italy praised Pope Francis for his example and attention to the poor, speaking also of the many visible fruits in the country's relationship with the Vatican. “We are absolutely marveled, absolutely happy he has been selected, because His Holiness has an beautiful, so paternal, so open,” Ambassador Jaime Feinzaig reflected in a Nov. 8 interview with CNA. Feinzaig has held the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Kurtz elected president of US bishops’ conference

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2013 / 07:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville as its next president, giving national prominence to a prelate with significant experience in Catholic social services.Archbishop Kurtz, 67, has served as the conference vice president since 2010. He was elected conference president at the conference’s fall assembly in Baltimore the morning of Nov. 12. He will serve a three-year … [Read more...]

French movement to protect marriage is welcoming of all

Washington D.C., Nov 12, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A French movement dedicated to the understanding of marriage as an institution between a man and a woman has assembled a large coalition that respects all persons, regardless of political affiliation or sexuality.The question of marriage is “not a question of religion, faith, political opinion; it's a question of life,” Ludovine de La Rochère, president and founder of La Manif Pour Tous, said in a Nov. 1 … [Read more...]