Reforms aim to show ‘true face of the Church,’ says Vatican official

Rome, Italy, Dec 7, 2013 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ style and ongoing reforms are intended to encourage Catholics to be more missionary, in order to bring the Gospel to all people, said Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State. “It’s very easy to work with Pope Bergoglio. There is a lot of agreement, and this is great hope for the future,” Archbishop Parolin said. He emphasized the Holy Father's desire for reforms that “show … [Read more...]

Pope: Neglect of human dignity causes ‘practical atheism’

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2013 / 02:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday afternoon Pope Francis met with members of an international organization that promotes human dignity, warning them against a “false model” of humanity.“Unfortunately, in our time, so full of so many hopes and achievements, there are powers and forces that end up producing a ‘throw-away culture’; and this tends to become a common mentality,”  said the pontiff on Dec. 7. “The … [Read more...]

Catholic leaders recall Mandela’s complicated legacy

Washington D.C., Dec 7, 2013 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Church leaders in the United States offered prayers for the late Nelson Mandela, remembering both his courageous anti-apartheid leadership and his promotion of one of the world’s most liberal abortion laws. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, called Mandela “a hero to the world.” “His bravery in defending human rights against the great evil of apartheid made him a symbol of courage and dignity, … [Read more...]

Pope says early Christians a model for ‘digital age’ Church

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2013 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today Pope Francis met with members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity who had gathered to discuss the theme, “Announcing Christ in the digital age.”“The internet is a widespread reality, complex and in continual evolution, and its development re-proposes the ever-present question of the relationship between faith and culture,” the Pope said Dec. 7 to the participants of the council’s 26th plenary … [Read more...]

DC health plans accused of illegally funding abortion

Washington D.C., Dec 7, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Obama administration is being accused of violating federal law by directing members of Congress and congressional staff to over 100 health insurance plans that pay for elective abortions. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said the abortion-providing health care plans show that President Obama’s 2010 health care legislation is an “abortion mandate” that “violates federal law and makes taxpayers complicit in the … [Read more...]