Central African bishop seeks hope, forgiveness amid carnage

Bangui, Central African Republic, Mar 22, 2014 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Central African Republic can recover from the carnage of violent conflict through a return to Christ, who empowers Christians to forgive their enemies, the archbishop of the nation’s capital says. “How can a society touched by evil move forward? How can the people find reason to hope -- and discover light amidst the darkness,” Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of Bangui asked in a March 17 … [Read more...]

Pope appoints Canon Law expert to Council for Economy

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2014 / 09:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today Pope Francis nominated an expert in the Church’s legal system as the new Prelate Secretary for the recently-created Council for the Economy.A press release on March 22 from the Holy See’s press office stated, “the Holy Father has nominated Msgr. Brian Ferme as Prelate Secretary of the Council for the Economy.”The British Monsignor has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law at Rome’s … [Read more...]

Pope institutes commission for protecting minors

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2014 / 08:21 am (CNA).- Today Pope Francis instituted the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, issuing the names of eight members tasked with structuring the future form of the commission. “Pope Francis has made clear that the Church must hold the protection of minors amongst her highest priorities. Today, to carry forward this initiative, the Holy Father announces the names of several highly qualified persons who are committed to this issue,” … [Read more...]

South Carolina abortion ban could protect pain-capable unborn

Columbia, S.C., Mar 22, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life advocates praised the South Carolina House’s passage of a bill to ban abortions after 19 weeks into pregnancy – the point at which science has indicated unborn children can feel pain. “The majority of Americans support this swift moving, popular movement to protect children from abortion more than halfway through pregnancy,” Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List said … [Read more...]