Vatican launches global campaign to fight ‘scandal’ of hunger

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2013 / 05:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Caritas International has initiated their first global campaign to eradicate hunger, promoting the basic human right to food, and encouraging fraternal solidarity in ensuring that everyone has enough.In a video message for the Dec. 10 press conference announcing the launching of the campaign, Pope Francis stated that “I am happy to announce to you the launch of a campaign against global hunger by our very own ‘Caritas … [Read more...]

Sinners, sex and NFP: My conversation with Simcha Fisher

Rome, Italy, Dec 10, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA).- “The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning” has 95 percent five-star reviews on Despite its growing popularity and critical acclaim, however, the book's author humbly describes herself as “a housewife with a bunch of blogs.” I found myself curious to speak with the woman who writes this message to married Catholic couples in her introduction: “ love each other, but your sex life is … [Read more...]

Migration policies must respect families, European bishops say

Valletta, Malta, Dec 10, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Care for persons and families should be at the forefront of policies regarding migrants and refugees, the European bishops said in a recent meeting. “The European policy and the policy of the individual Member States can only be based on respect for the individuals, and the recognition of the value and importance of the family,” they said in a concluding statement of a Dec. 2-4 meeting held in Malta. Representatives of … [Read more...]

Columnist: Pope’s words rooted in Christ, not Marx

Washington D.C., Dec 10, 2013 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Columnist Kathleen Parker has said free market-supporting conservatives are wrong to attack Pope Francis as a Marxist, saying his comments on economics are a call to remember the excluded. “What is the successor to St. Peter supposed to do when he sees so much suffering even in free-market societies? Quote Ayn Rand?” Parker wrote, citing the 20th century atheist writer who defended capitalism claiming that selfishness is a … [Read more...]

Archbishop Kurtz calls ACLU lawsuit ‘baseless’

Washington D.C., Dec 9, 2013 / 05:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawsuit against the U.S. bishops for teaching Catholic hospitals not to perform direct abortions is “misguided” and unfounded, says the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “This claim is baseless,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a Dec. 6 statement. He explained that the Ethical and Religious Directives given to … [Read more...]