Vatican group for minors’ protection may work with Jesuit center

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2013 / 01:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church's latest step toward the prevention of the sexual abuse of minors is the newly-announced Vatican commission, which is expected to collaborate with the Jesuit-run Centre for Child Protection. “The task of the new commission will be greater than what the Centre for Child Protection would ever be able to realize,” the center's president, Fr. Hans Zollner, told CNA Dec. 6. “We take care of delivering a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis lauds Mandela’s creation of a ‘new South Africa’

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2013 / 11:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Pope Francis issued a letter offering condolences to his family and praising the politician’s commitment to promoting human dignity. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the South African revolutionary who headed the country’s anti-apartheid movement, fighting to replace it with a multiracial democracy, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the age of 95 in his Johannesburg … [Read more...]

Mandela’s legacy is one of ‘reconciliation,’ priest says

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2013 / 05:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of the passing of Nelson Mandela, spokesman for South Africa’s Episcopal Conference lauded his political achievements, stating that he will be remembered most for his work in fostering unity.The political legacy of Mandela can be described in “one word: reconciliation,” Fr. Similo Mngadi told CNA in a Dec. 6 interview.“He made you feel human, and want to be human.”Nelson Mandela, the South … [Read more...]

Book on Vatican art walks a course of spiritual exercises

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The director of the Vatican Museums' art patrons program has authored “Meditations on Vatican Art,” a collection of images of beautiful works accompanying the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. “Obviously you can't exhaust the richness of the Spiritual Exercises in this book, because his was 30 days in silence, with one on one preaching, but you always can get a first step into the mystery of the retreat … [Read more...]

Over 10,000 youth to send birthday card to Pope Francis

Steubenville, Ohio, Dec 6, 2013 / 02:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 10,000 young people have signed a giant birthday card for Pope Francis, offering their prayers and well-wishes for the Holy Father’s 77th birthday on Dec. 17. “We wanted to give the Pope a gift he would truly appreciate; something he would be proud of,” said Mark Nelson, founder of Catholic to the Max, the Ohio-based arts and gifts outlet company behind the initiative. The 4-foot-tall card consists of … [Read more...]

Asian bishops encourage biblically-based apostolates

Pattaya, Thailand, Dec 6, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences is hosting a seminar on biblical apostolates and the new evangelization this weekend, drawing clerics, religious, and laity from across the continent. “The main crux is to reawaken the missionary challenge of the Word,” Fr. Jacob Theckanath, executive director of the bishops' conference, told CNA, explaining “Crossing the Borders: Renewed Biblical … [Read more...]

Legion of Christ reaffirms commitment to addressing sex abuse

Rome, Italy, Dec 5, 2013 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The acting general director of the Legion of Christ has shared the steps the order has taken to prevent sexual abuse and to respond to its allegations, focusing on the gravity of abuse and its victims' suffering. “When we confront the reality of sexual abuse, it is helpful to keep certain complementary values in mind: compassion and solidarity with the victims, the responsibility to protect people who are under our pastoral care, … [Read more...]


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