Pope: do not fear the tender consolation of God

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2013 / 10:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This morning, Pope Francis dedicated his homily to the solace given by the Lord, explaining that it brings hope and that we should be open to the comfort that he desires to give each of us personally. “May the Lord give to all of us the grace to not be afraid of the consolation of the Lord,” the Pope reflected in his Dec. 10 homily, “to be open: ask for it, seek it, because it is a consolation that will give us hope, … [Read more...]

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 Amazon.com. 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: “Maybe...you 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...]

Posthumous Paul Walker movie lauded for pro-life message

Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 9, 2013 / 04:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One of late actor Paul Walker’s final movies – a thriller set to debut next week – is drawing praise for its life and family-affirming message. Walker, best known for his role in the Fast and Furious franchise, died in a fiery car crash on Nov. 30. The actor was 40 years old. Before his death, Walker had completed filming for a film entitled Hours. The suspenseful thriller was filmed in March of this year in … [Read more...]