Former president ‘grossly misunderstands’ Catholic teaching

Washington D.C., Mar 31, 2014 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prominent Catholic laywomen have responded to recent statements by former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, saying he lacks understanding of the Church and of the nature of service. While talking to various media outlets, Carter has criticized the Church saying its teachings about the priesthood are responsible for the mistreatment of women around the world. Carter’s “comments about the role of women in the Church show a … [Read more...]

Papal canonizations to be a spiritual event, cardinal stresses

Vatican City, Mar 31, 2014 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Monday news conference detailing preparations for the canonization of Bl. John Paul II and Bl. John XXIII, the Holy See announced initiatives designed to help the Church live the event in a spiritual way. “This is a spiritual event … not just a worldly happening. It is a feast of holiness,” Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar general of the Diocese of Rome, said March 31 of the Holy See’s preparations for the … [Read more...]

Pope warns against the wandering of an ‘existential tourist’

Vatican City, Mar 31, 2014 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Monday, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of having direction in our lives rather than turning in circles and never advancing, emphasizing that we move forward only through faith in God. “They are wandering Christians: turning around and around, as if life was an existential tourism, without destination, without taking promises very seriously,” the Pope reflected in his March 31 Mass. Addressing those … [Read more...]

Pope names auxiliary bishop for key English archdiocese

London, England, Mar 31, 2014 / 10:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Westminster Monday: Monsignor Nicholas Gilbert Hudson, a parish priest of the Southwark archdiocese. Msgr. Hudson said he felt “honored and humbled” at the appointment. “It is exciting to be a Catholic in this second year of the pontificate of Pope Francis. I pray that I might emulate the Holy Father’s radical simplicity and outreach to … [Read more...]

Protection of minors a priority for Pope, commission member says

Vatican City, Mar 31, 2014 / 06:28 am (CNA/Europa Press).- A German priest and psychologist recently appointed to the new Vatican commission for the protection of minors has stated that the initiative demonstrates Pope Francis’ concern regarding the immediacy of the issue. “I believe that people realize that this is an issue that Pope Francis has put on his agenda and with a priority” Fr. Hans Zollner, S.J., told CNA in a March 25 interview. Fr. Zollner is psychologist … [Read more...]

Religious sisters bring witness of prayer to Bismarck diocese

Bismarck, N.D., Mar 30, 2014 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two groups of religious sisters new to North Dakota’s Diocese of Bismarck bring the blessings of prayer and their examples of faith and service to the area, an official with the local Church said. “One of the things you see about both of these groups of sisters is that they live lives of joy,” Matthew Kurtz, communications director for the Bismarck diocese, told CNA March 28. “They exude joy; that will be one … [Read more...]

Program offers African students ‘second home’ in Rome

Rome, Italy, Mar 30, 2014 / 10:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- African students studying in Rome are finding a home away from home in an outreach program dedicated to accompanying them spiritually, culturally, and socially. “We think of home a lot--our parents, our families that we left behind… therefore this is our second home,” Leodmila Amona of Mozambique, told CNA on March 30. Amona is a participant in the Servizio Universitario Africano outreach program, based in temporary … [Read more...]