Possible move in Vatican finance could signal return to Italian sway

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2014 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Earlier this week reports of a potential new president of the “Vatican bank” were leaked to Italian media, suggesting the possibility of a greater Italian influence in Vatican finances. “Italia Oggi,” a Milan-based daily specializing in politics, economics, and law, wrote Feb. 11 that Carlo Salvatori could soon be chosen as the new president of the board of directors of the Institute for Religious Works. The … [Read more...]

Modern society at odds with authentic love, scholars reflect

Washington D.C., Feb 14, 2014 / 01:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Today’s secular culture conflicts with authentic love and a reality-based view of the human person, said scholars at a recent panel in the nation’s capital. “Sanctity is not a moralistic act,” said author and scholar David Schindler, but rather, “a way of seeing, acting and being.” The author of “Ordering Love: Liberal Societies and the Memory of God,” explained in a Feb. 10 lecture … [Read more...]

Global poll prompts call to overcome Catholic divisions through fidelity

Washington D.C., Feb 14, 2014 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A survey indicating mixed views on Church teaching among self-identified Catholics shows the “difficult challenge” facing Christ’s followers, but also offers a reminder of the need for fidelity, one commenter says. “If you have a hard time understanding or agreeing with the Church on an important moral question, keep your heart open and be a faithful daughter or son,” said Joshua Mercer, political … [Read more...]

A stationary Christian has a sickness of identity, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2014 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis addressed the identity of a Christian, saying that the faithful must “go out” and “walk” as disciples that are astute and who announce the Gospel with joy. “You cannot think of a stationary Christian: a Christian that remains stationary is sick, in their Christian identity, has some illness in his identity. The Christian is a disciple to walk, to move,” the Pope … [Read more...]

Pope urges engaged couples to build marriage on ‘rock of love’

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2014 / 08:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a special encounter with engaged couples, Pope Francis emphasized that to love someone forever is possible if we are humble, and that marriage should be a celebration filled with joy. “We build a house together, not alone!” the pontiff observed in his Feb. 14 address, “You would not wish to build it on the shifting sands of emotions, but on the rock of true love, the love that comes from God.” Over … [Read more...]

Belgium becomes first country to legalize child euthanasia

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a law passed in Belgium’s parliament yesterday, the country has become the first to legalize the euthanasia of minors, drawing widespread opposition from its citizens, and from Church leaders. “The law says adolescents cannot make important decisions on economic or emotional issues, but suddenly they've become able to decide that someone should make them die,” Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard … [Read more...]

Archbishop warns of genocide in Central African Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic, Feb 14, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Central African bishop has reported signs of genocide in the growing conflict there, urging an effective security response and warning against the “evil” desire to kill and destroy. “If there is no one to hold back the hand of the devil here, he will achieve his goal. Many people will be hunted down and killed,” Archbishop Dieudonnè Nzapalainga of Bangui told Aid to the Church in Need … [Read more...]