Scholars say abortion is a public, not private matter

Washington D.C., Jan 25, 2014 / 03:29 pm (CNA).- Scholars from a variety of fields challenged the notion of abortion as a private matter at a recent panel discussion, saying that the issue affects all of society rather than just a woman and her unborn child.Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life, said that the language surrounding the abortion debate – particularly the framing of the pro-life movement as engaging a “war on women” – “helps … [Read more...]

Governor faces backlash for calling NY pro-lifers ‘extreme’

New York City, N.Y., Jan 25, 2014 / 02:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic and pro-life leaders have criticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for suggesting that pro-life individuals are extremists who “have no place in the state of New York.” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York said the governor’s remarks were “unfortunate at best; inflammatory and outrageous at worst.” The cardinal, speaking on his Sirius Satellite radio show, said that extremists are in fact … [Read more...]

Pope: We must persevere in working for Christian Unity

Vatican City, Jan 25, 2014 / 01:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis celebrated evening prayer at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity tonight, stressing the nature of ecumenism as a journey that requires perseverance.“Christ, dear friends, cannot be divided! This conviction must sustain and encourage us to persevere with humility and trust on the way to the restoration of full visible unity among all believers in Christ,” said the Pope in his homily at Vespers on … [Read more...]

St. Therese devotees to launch Little Way social media campaign

Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan 25, 2014 / 01:08 pm (CNA).- Not long before he resigned, Pope Benedict XVI had written several times about the need for evangelization of the rapidly growing “digital continent” of social media.This got Katie Moore and Lindsay Olson thinking. Both have devotions to St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897), a cloistered Carmelite nun whose “little way” of finding God in everyday life inspired Pope John Paul II to the point that he declared her a … [Read more...]

Pope hopes for more ‘widespread, incisive’ feminine presence

Vatican City, Jan 25, 2014 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with a group of Italian women today, expressing his desire for women to participate more widely in the Church and in society without neglecting the family.“I have been pleased to see many women share some pastoral responsibilities with priests in accompanying people, families, and groups, (just) as in theological reflection; and I hope that more spaces are widened for a feminine presence in the Church that is more … [Read more...]

EWTN hopeful after Supreme Court ruling on Little Sisters

Irondale, Ala., Jan 25, 2014 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- News that the U.S. Supreme Court has granted an exemption from the contraception mandate to the Little Sisters of the Poor is a hopeful sign for other cases challenging the contraception mandate, EWTN says.“This decision to intervene, reached after a full court review, provides welcome relief to the Sisters and encouragement to the other plaintiffs who continue to challenge the mandate,” CEO Michael Warsaw of Eternal Word … [Read more...]

Pope Francis will be at Roman basilica for end of Church unity week

Vatican City, Jan 25, 2014 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ celebration of an ecumenical vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls Jan. 25, ending the Christian unity week, will also mark the 55th anniversary of the announcement of the Second Vatican Council. On Jan. 25, 1959, Bl. John XXIII proclaimed his intention to call an ecumenical council at the end of a Vespers celebration held in the basilica, that concluded the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The … [Read more...]