Legionaries seek to continue service with ‘renewed enthusiasm’

Rome, Italy, Jan 10, 2014 / 02:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Legionaries meet in Rome for their General Chapter, spokesman Fr. Benjamin Clariond voiced the congregation's hopes for a stronger apostolate with a more keen awareness of their challenges. “After this period of renewal and purification, we would like to continue serving the Church and offering our ministries with a renewed enthusiasm, and also with a greater awareness of our limitations,” the spokesman said in his … [Read more...]

Ethicist: Texas end-of-life debate must consider unborn child

Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2014 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Debate over requiring life support for a reportedly brain-dead pregnant woman should remember both the imperative not to provide excessive care and the personhood of the unborn child, a bioethicist says. Controversy is growing over the fate of Marlise Munoz, a 33-year-old pregnant Texas woman who is being kept on life-support despite being reportedly brain-dead. Her family maintains she does not want to be on life-support in such a … [Read more...]

‘Faith can do everything,’ reflects Pope

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2014 / 05:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass Pope Francis spoke on the virtue of faith, stating that all things are possible with this virtue as long as we both confess our Faith, and entrust ourselves to God. “The strength of faith has overcome the world!” the Pope exclaimed during his Jan. 9 homily, “Our faith can do everything! It is victory!” Pope Francis concentrated his homily, given to those present in the chapel of the … [Read more...]

New book examines ‘vibrant’ revival of US Catholicism

New York City, N.Y., Jan 10, 2014 / 04:18 am (CNA).- The story of the U.S. Catholic Church in the early 21st century is one of excitement and renewal, say two authors of a book that examines successful dioceses, bishops and priests. “The priesthood is growing. There are also vibrant signs of life among the laity and throughout the Church. Those stories need to be told,” Christopher White, the director of education and programs at the California-based Center for Bioethics and … [Read more...]

Cardinal commission for Vatican bank could undergo changes

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2014 / 02:07 am (CNA).- Pope Francis could be considering a reshuffle of the cardinals commission of the Institute for Religious Works, the so-called “Vatican bank,” also known by the Italian acronym of IOR. Changes to the cardinals commission could be made as soon as a separate pontifical commission delivers the conclusions of its recent analysis of the Institute for Religious Works to the Pope. Last year, Pope Francis charged the pontifical commission … [Read more...]

Cardinal commission for Vatican bank could undergo changes

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2014 / 02:07 am (CNA).- Pope Francis could be considering a reshuffle of the cardinals commission of the Institute for Religious Works, the so-called “Vatican bank,” also known by the Italian acronym of IOR. Changes to the cardinals commission could be made as soon as a separate pontifical commission  delivers the conclusions of its recent analysis of the Institute for Religious Works the to the Pope. Last year, Pope Francis charged the pontifical … [Read more...]

Amid violence, South Sudan Catholics outline steps to peace

Juba, South Sudan, Jan 10, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Voicing “anguish and dismay” at the deteriorating situation in South Sudan, a Catholic bishop shared his diocese’s ten proposals to help stabilize the country after the outbreak of violence in mid-December. “As we know from experience in our history, only dialogue can take the peace process forward,” the people of the Diocese of Tombura-Yambio said in a Jan. 8 statement shared by Bishop Barani Eduardo … [Read more...]