Legislation to help former inmates draws Catholic praise

Washington D.C., Mar 5, 2014 / 04:16 pm (CNA).- In a letter to national lawmakers, Catholic leaders applauded the Second Chance Act as an enhancement of public safety and human dignity, and asked for further support in reauthorizing the legislation in Congress. “This legislation is an important step in addressing some of the many issues facing the more than 650,000 men, women and juveniles who re-enter society each year from federal and state prisons, and local jails and detention … [Read more...]

All values are non-negotiable, Pope says in new interview

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2014 / 01:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Emphasizing that “values are values” and leaving aside the expression “non-negotiable values,” Pope Francis has underscored the importance of the entirety of the Church’s social doctrine. In an interview published March 5 in Italian daily “Corriere della Sera,” he was asked about appeals to “the so-called ‘non-negotiable values’, especially in bio-ethics and sexual … [Read more...]

Cardinal calls on faithful to have tender hearts during Lent

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mar 5, 2014 / 01:02 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Aurelio Poli of Buenos Aires invited Catholics during Lent to “have a more tender heart” toward the difficult situations of daily life. In this way, he said, the faithful will be ready to live the grace and salvation that God gives us in Holy Week. In his Lenten message, the cardinal said the new liturgical season is a time to draw closer to the paschal mystery of Christ. During the five Sundays prior to Palm … [Read more...]

Lent is a ‘strong’ time of conversion, Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2014 / 12:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience on Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis called Lent a moment of renewal which allows us to look at the needs of others with “new eyes,” and to grow in love. “Brothers and sisters: today, Ash Wednesday, begins the Lenten itinerary that leads us to the celebration of the Easter Triduum, a memorial of our salvation,” the Pope said in March 5. “Lent,” he affirmed during his weekly … [Read more...]

Transcript: Pope Francis’ March 5 interview with Corriere della Sera

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2014 / 11:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Find below an English translation, by CNA's Estefania Aguirre and Alan Holdren, of the March 5 interview of Pope Francis with Italian daily "Corriere della Sera". Holy Father, every once in a while you call those who ask you for help. Sometimes they don’t believe you. Yes, it has happened. When one calls, it is because he wants to speak, to pose a question, to ask for counsel. As a priest in Buenos Aires it … [Read more...]

Historian critiques Cardinal Kasper’s speech as a ‘cultural revolution’

Rome, Italy, Mar 5, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Roberto de Mattei, an Italian historian, has written about Cardinal Walter Kasper’s Feb. 20 address to cardinals on marriage and the family, calling it a “resounding revolution of culture and praxis.” The column, authored by the chair of the history department at the European University of Rome, appeared in Il Foglio March 1 immediately following the full text of Cardinal Kasper’s address; it was translated into … [Read more...]

Report: Syrian rebel group makes Christians low-status subjects

Washington D.C., Mar 5, 2014 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An ultimatum allegedly from a jihadist group has demanded that Syrian Christians live as “dhimmis,” low-status subjects who must pay protection money and obey strict restrictions on their religious practice. Christians who reject conversion to Islam or the restrictive conditions “are subject to being legitimate targets, and nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword,” said the online … [Read more...]