Churches critical to development of South Sudan, author says

Washington D.C., Mar 6, 2014 / 04:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With unique knowledge and solidarity with the people, churches play an essential role in helping cultural development in South Sudan, said an author familiar with the region. “I think it’s crucial for people to understand that South Sudan is fundamentally dependent on the churches,” said Gabriel Meyer, a Catholic journalist and author who has written and lectured extensively on the region. Development in South … [Read more...]

Path of self-denial brings joy, fruitfulness, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2014 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis spoke of the Christian “style,” explaining that in order to be authentic, it must follow the path of Jesus in denying oneself, taking up the Cross, and practicing humility. “And this style will save us, will give us joy and make us fruitful, because this path of denying oneself is there to give us life,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican's Saint Martha guesthouse on … [Read more...]

Research finds link between oral contraception, multiple sclerosis

Washington D.C., Mar 6, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new study, researchers analyzed the data found in women's health records over four years, discovering a connection between the use of oral contraception and the contraction of multiple sclerosis. “It’s not clear what role (hormones) play in the development of the disease, but it’s clear that two to three times more women than men have MS,” Dr. Kerstin Hellwig stated in comments on FoxNews.com. Dr. … [Read more...]

Frontline episode on Church scandals one-sided, critic says

Washington D.C., Mar 6, 2014 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The PBS Frontline documentary series’ recent episode “Secrets of the Vatican” largely covered old scandals in a one-sided way, said Scot Landry, executive director of Catholic Voices USA. Landry said Frontline should have called the episode “Re-hashed church scandals presented as new.” “The whole episode was tragically one-sided and short of appropriate context,” he told CNA March 5. He … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to Roman priests: cry for your people

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2014 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with the priests of Rome, emphasizing the importance of mercy in pastoral ministry and explaining that to be a priest means being close to one's flock. “The tears of a priest…Do you cry, or is this a clergy that has lost its tears? Do you cry for your people? Do you battle with the Lord for your people, like Abraham fought?” the pontiff asked the clergy present in the March 6 morning … [Read more...]

Vatican panel approves Archbishop Fulton Sheen miracle

Peoria, Ill., Mar 6, 2014 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bishop of Peoria has rejoiced at a Vatican medical panel’s unanimous approval of a reported miracle attributed to the famous television personality and evangelist, Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen. “There are many more steps ahead and more prayers are needed. But today is a good reason to rejoice,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria, Ill. said March 6. “Today is a significant step in the Cause for the … [Read more...]

In interview Pope talks marriage, family, scandals and life

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2014 / 08:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As part of a recent interview given to an Italian news agency, Pope Francis discussed hot-button issues in the Church today, giving clarity to topics which have often been misinterpreted since his election. During the interview, published on March 5 in the Italian daily “Corriere della Sera,” the Pope was asked to speak on several issues which have been a source of heavy debate within the Church, particularly in the … [Read more...]


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