Bishops voice abortion concerns over Affordable Care Act

Washington D.C., Apr 6, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A spokesman for pro-life activities at the U.S. Bishops' conference explained that the bishops hope to see grave concerns with the Affordable Care Act's permission of abortion funding and lack of coverage of immigrants fixed. "We are not among those pushing for repeal of the healthcare act," said said Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities in an April 3 … [Read more...]

Jesus can heal deadened hearts, says Pope

Rome, Italy, Apr 6, 2014 / 01:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis delivered a Sunday evening homily at a parish in the south of Rome, preaching about the importance of detaching from sin through the power of Christ’s healing grace. “All of us, we are sinners, but let’s not finish (our lives) attached to sin. We have the power to feel that which Jesus said to Lazarus, crying out in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ Today I invite you to think for a minute here … [Read more...]

Holy See emphasizes family’s role in poverty eradication

New York City, N.Y., Apr 6, 2014 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Praising the U.N.'s plan to eradicate poverty, the Holy See's observer to the body emphasized the importance of the family in encouraging development and in fighting poverty. In eradicating poverty "we do not need to reinvent the wheel," Archbishop Francis Chullikatt said in a March 31 statement. "Setting a development agenda for the next 15 years is a powerful gesture of intergenerational solidarity. The … [Read more...]

Pope distributes free copies of Gospels

Vatican City, Apr 6, 2014 / 06:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis handed out free pocket-sized copies of the gospels to crowds filling St. Peter’s square for the Sunday Angelus , as an encouragement to read the Word of God. “Last Sunday I suggested that you get a little copies of the gospels, to carry with you during the day, to read often. Then I thought over the ancient tradition of the Church, during Lent, to give the gospel to catechumens preparing for baptism. So today I … [Read more...]