‘Gimme Shelter’ movie could inspire pro-woman advocacy

New York City, N.Y., Feb 13, 2014 / 03:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 'Pro-life advocates say the portrayal of pregnancy care centers in the film “Gimme Shelter” should inspire concrete action to support pregnant women in crisis pregnancies, and their children. “I think more than anything, the film gives the viewers pause to look at their own lives and see how they can make a difference,” Molly O'Connor, communications director at the New York-based Chiaroscuro … [Read more...]

Indian bishops commit to renewal of Church, society

Palai, India, Feb 13, 2014 / 02:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At their plenary assembly held Feb. 5-12, the Indian bishops discussed pastoral challenges in the nation and continuing the implementation of the Second Vatican Council. At the conclusion of the assembly, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, Syro-Malankarese Major Archbishop of Trivandrum, was elected as president of the Indian bishops’ conference. He succeeds Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, who served as conference … [Read more...]

UN anti-Vatican report ‘payback’ for pro-life work, critic says

New York City, N.Y., Feb 13, 2014 / 12:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent United Nations report criticizing the Catholic Church on sex abuse and its moral teachings should be understood in the context of efforts to diminish the Vatican’s pro-life influence at the U.N., a scholar has said. Anne Hendershott, a Franciscan University of Steubenville sociology professor, said Feb. 10 in Crisis Magazine that the U.N. will likely continue its abortion advocacy, efforts to expand contraception … [Read more...]

Valentine effort promotes authentic love to college students

Princeton, N.J., Feb 13, 2014 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A nationwide campaign leading up to Valentine’s Day is encouraging college students to seek meaningful relationships and develop a healthy understanding of love and sexuality. Young men and women today truly “want a love story,” said Caitlin Seery, director of the Love and Fidelity Network. Surveys consistently show that “college men and women still aspire to get married someday, even if … [Read more...]

Pope warns against a weakened faith that leads to idolatry

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2014 / 11:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis encouraged all present to pursue God rather than their own passions, noting how the Old Testament figure Solomon “lost his faith” to idolatry despite being wise. “His heart was weakened, it was weakened and he lost faith. He lost faith. The wisest man in the world has left in order to pursue an indiscreet love, without discretion,” the Pope said Feb. 13. Addressing those … [Read more...]

Polish bishop: Vatican visit shows no division with Church, Pope

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2014 / 08:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent interview, Archbishop Stanislaw Budzik reflected on his ad limina visit to Rome last week, explaining that in the midst of a media crossfire, the Pope affirmed his support for the Church in Poland. "In our talks we told the Holy Father that he has good media coverage in Poland, but the Polish Catholic Church was criticized," Archbishop Budzik told CNA in a Feb. 8 interview, adding that "the Media said the … [Read more...]

Pope lauds fruitful dialogue between Jews, Catholics

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2014 / 05:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an encounter with the American Jewish Committee, Pope Francis highlighted the strong unity of Jews and Catholics, stating that their shared roots obligate them to work together in building a just society. “I am very grateful to you for the distinguished contribution you have made to dialogue and fraternity between Jews and Catholics, and I encourage you to continue on this path,” the Pope expressed during the Feb. 13 … [Read more...]