New Pakistan archbishop emphasizes social harmony between religions

Lahore, Pakistan, Feb 17, 2014 / 03:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The new Archbishop of Lahore, Pakistan, has asked people to pray that he has “courage and faith,” stressing the need for justice and respect between religions. “There is not much peace in Pakistan,” Archbishop Sebastian Shaw told Aid to the Church in Need Feb. 10, ahead of his Feb. 14 installation. He voiced his commitment to have more meetings with other faith leaders and to increase training programs for … [Read more...]

Be patient even in the midst of trials, Pope encourages

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2014 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis emphasized that God is not a “sorcerer” who does what we want, but rather has a plan that we should wait for with patience even when we face challenges. “God does not behave like a sorcerer, God has his own way of proceeding. And God is patient,” the Pope said during Mass on Feb. 17, adding that “when we endure trials with faith they ripen our lives.” Pope Francis … [Read more...]

Council of cardinals begin third set of reform meetings

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2014 / 08:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Meeting for the third time since its institution, the council of eight cardinals has reconvened in Rome to address the economic affairs of the Holy See, and will continue their discussions over the next three days. The council, chosen by Pope Francis to advise him on matters of church governance and curia reform, will be meeting Feb. 17 – 19, following an initial meeting in October, and a second in December. During a Feb. 17 … [Read more...]

Encyclopedia acknowledges fetal pain as a scientific fact

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2014 / 04:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new chapter published by Dr. Carlo Bellieni in a prestigious German encyclopedia explores the topic of fetal pain, stating that it is a proven fact that the unborn are able to feel pain, even as early as 20 weeks. “Fetuses can feel pain. Now we should define it better, but it is a scientific matter of fact,” Dr. Bellini explained in a Feb. 14 interview with CNA. “We still do not know the exact moment since when the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Parolin: Vatican Secretary of State, soon cardinal

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, who will be made a cardinal Feb. 22, said in a recent interview he is “deeply identified” with Pope Francis’ style of governance. “The Secretariat of State … must assume a cordial and complete availability to the pastoral conversion proposed by Pope Francis,” Archbishop Parolin told Stefania Falasca of Avvenire, the daily of the … [Read more...]