Pope Francis expresses solidarity with victims of mafia violence

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2014 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Friday meeting and prayer vigil with families of mafia victims, Pope Francis shared his sympathy with them, and then forcefully exhorted mafiosi to convert and change their lives. “I wish to share with you a hope, and it is this: that the sense of responsibility will slowly, slowly win out over corruption, in every part of the world,” the Roman Pontiff said March 21 to members of the Libera Foundation, an organization … [Read more...]

Dominican bishop of Nottingham transferred to Liverpool

Liverpool, England, Mar 21, 2014 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking Friday of his appointment as Archbishop of Liverpool, Bishop Malcolm McMahon of Nottingham has said he will strive to live up to the trust that is being put in him in his new role. “I am honoured and humbled to have been appointed by our Holy Father Pope Francis as Archbishop of Liverpool,” Bishop McMahon said in a news conference March 21. “I promise to do my best to repay the trust that he has placed in … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: God’s Word lives through humility, prayer

Vatican City, Mar 21, 2014 / 10:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned against trying to co-opt the Word of God for one’s own purposes as did the Pharisees, urging prayer and humility instead, in his homily for Friday’s Mass. “This is the tragedy of these people, and our tragedy too!” he preached March 21 during his Mass said at the chapel of the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse. He reflected on the Gospel reading containing Jesus’ parable about the … [Read more...]

Down syndrome researcher’s sainthood cause a ‘witness to life’

Washington D.C., Mar 21, 2014 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The life of Dr. Jérôme Lejeune, a French researcher who discovered the genetic cause of Down syndrome, is an example of faith, respect for the dignity of all human life, and search for truth in science, say those who work to spread his legacy. "The example of Jerome Lejeune is a man who serves as a witness in contemporary time for challenges that we all face," said Mark Bradford, president of the … [Read more...]

UK prime minister denounces sex-selective abortions as ‘appalling’

London, England, Mar 21, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has criticized sex-selective abortion as “simply an appalling practice,” and said the British government will work to counter the illegal practice. Cameron told parliament March 19 that Britain’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, and the Department of Health are preparing guidance for doctors about sex-selective abortions, intended to counter pressure on some pregnant women … [Read more...]

English bishop exhorts faithful to be charitable online

Portsmouth, England, Mar 21, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A pastoral letter from a British bishop to his faithful for Lent calls upon Catholics to consider their online interactions and to use social media for good rather than to hurt others. In moral decisions, including the decision about what to post online, “we cannot choose simply on the basis of what gives us pleasure and what causes us pain,” wrote Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth in a pastoral letter released March … [Read more...]