Ukrainian patriarch warns that ‘new Cold War’ is possible

Washington D.C., Feb 12, 2014 / 04:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Ukrainian Greek Catholic patriarch has said that if the U.S. and Europe abandon Ukraine during its intense political conflict, “humanity may well be on the verge of a new Cold War.” Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church told the Voice of America program Chas Time Feb. 10 that the conflict will affect every American “sooner or later.” “It is about the future of … [Read more...]

Benedict’s brother says former Pope does not regret resigning

Rome, Italy, Feb 12, 2014 / 03:09 pm (CNA).- In a recent interview, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger said his brother, retired Pope Benedict XVI, believes he made the right decision in stepping down from the papacy last year due to a lack of physical strength. “My brother does not regret at all the decision he made one year ago,” Msgr. Ratzinger said in the book-interview, “My Brother, The Pope,” by German reporter Michael Hesemann. “He very clearly understands the … [Read more...]

Christians are most persecuted group on earth, legislators told

Washington D.C., Feb 12, 2014 / 12:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Experts testifying before U.S. lawmakers warned that many Christians around the world are facing serious persecution that often goes unreported and undeterred. “Flagrant and widespread persecution of Christians rages in the Middle East even as we meet,” said Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt, permanent observer of the Holy See Mission at the United Nations. Religious disputes, prejudices against minorities, and political … [Read more...]

Archbishop announces effort to help Tanzania AIDS victims

Vatican City, Feb 12, 2014 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new partnership between the Good Samaritan Foundation and Gilead Sciences will provide free HIV and AIDS testing in the diocese of Shinyanga, Tanzania as well as those who test positive. “'The Test and Treat Project' is indeed an important result of the work engaged in by the Good Samaritan Foundation and by our Pontifical Council,” Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski said in a Feb. 11 press release announcing the … [Read more...]

Vatican analyst explores continuity of Francis, Benedict in book

Vatican City, Feb 12, 2014 / 06:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Andrea Gagliarducci has co-authored a new book recalling the period of Lent between Benedict XVI’s resignation and Pope Francis’ election, stating that there is strong coherence between the two pontiffs. “My book is different because it is a chronicle. The facts are more important than opinions. Obviously, that is our point of view,” Gagliarducci told CNA in a Feb. 10 interview, “we just see a sort of … [Read more...]

Pope: Eucharist helps us to see the face of Christ in others

Vatican City, Feb 12, 2014 / 04:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience, Pope Francis reflected on how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, explaining that it helps us to truly encounter others as a community, and opens us to God’s mercy. “In the Mass we encounter many people, but do we really see them as brothers and sisters? Does the Eucharist lead us to reach out to the poor, to the sick, to the marginalized, seeing the face of Jesus in them?” the Pope … [Read more...]

An anti-Photoshop revolution? A new take on real beauty

Rome, Italy, Feb 12, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ashley Crouch is the PR manager and contributing editor of a new women's fashion magazine with a much talked about policy: no digital alterations to models' real appearances allowed. “Whereas other magazines Photoshop to achieve the 'ideal' body type or leave a maximum of three wrinkles, we never alter the body or face structure of our models with Photoshop,” reads the description on Verily magazine's … [Read more...]