Don’t be ‘allergic’ to preaching the truth, Pope warns

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2013 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis cautioned Christians not to be overly-critical of those who preach the Gospel, emphasizing that focusing too much on personal precepts keeps us from being happy. Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading in which Jesus compares the generation to children who are always unhappy or dissatisfied, the Pope stated that “The people of God have a certain allergy to the preachers of the Word: they … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI still in the service of St. Peter, colleague says

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2013 / 05:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Manfred Lütz, a close colleague of Benedict XVI, revealed in a recent interview that he is still in contact with retired pontiff, who still considers himself in the service of the Church, and of Pope Francis. Lütz explained in a Dec. 4 interview with CNA that during a recent visit with Benedict, the previous Pope “said he didn't leave the service of St. Peter, that he lives the service of St. Peter in another … [Read more...]

Church teaching on immigration is a ‘humane position’

Washington D.C., Dec 13, 2013 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church’s welcoming stance on immigration is rooted in the person-centered recognition of human dignity, said one of the leading Hispanic bishops in the U.S. Church. “For us, as Catholics – following the example of Jesus in the Gospels – there is no way that we cannot be in favor of the immigrant,” said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio. The Catholic position on immigration is a … [Read more...]

Ukrainian Catholics decry violence against protesters

Kiev, Ukraine, Dec 13, 2013 / 03:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders in Ukraine say they are “profoundly disturbed” by the government's use of security forces to break up a massive protest in Kiev's Independence Square. “We declare our support and solidarity with all those on the Independence Square who are standing with dignity and witnessing to the dignity of their fellow citizens and of the whole nation,” the Permanent Synod of the Ukrainian … [Read more...]

Pa. sexual orientation bill could ‘coerce’ Catholic institutions

Harrisburg, Pa., Dec 13, 2013 / 02:19 am (CNA).- Legislation introduced in Pennsylvania to prevent discrimination could end up prohibiting Catholic schools from requiring teachers to abide by Catholic teaching, religious freedom advocates in the state are warning. “The Church has been precise, in its moral teachings, in distinguishing between sexual orientation and sexual behavior. It has condemned all forms of hostility to any individual on the basis of her or his actual or perceived … [Read more...]

Moneyval report shows progress in Holy See’s finances

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The European body responsible for monitoring financial transparency issued a report Dec. 12 detailing the progress made by the Vatican's financial bodies. The Council of Europe’s Moneyval committee published the report as a follow up to their July report, which had found the Vatican to be “compliant” or “largely compliant” on nine of the 16 “key and core” recommendations for combating … [Read more...]