Fighting poverty requires ‘culture of encounter,’ expert says

Washington D.C., Apr 9, 2014 / 05:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Challenging a modern culture which supports isolation and an indifference to poverty requires a personal connection with others, particularly the poor, as children of God, development expert Dr. Jonathan Reyes has said. Reyes, who is executive director of the justice, peace, and human development department of the U.S. bishops' conference, explained April 8 that Pope Francis' statements on poverty and charity reveal a concern … [Read more...]

Sri Lankans welcome new apostolic nuncio

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Apr 9, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sri Lankan Catholics accorded a traditional welcome to their newly appointed apostolic nuncio, who arrived in Colombo to begin his diplomatic duties April 3. Archbishop Pierre Nguyen Van Tot as apostolic nuncio to Sri Lanka March 22, 2014. Archbishop Nguyen Van Tot succeeds Archbishop Joseph Spiteri, who served in Colombo from 2009 and who was transferred to Ivory Coast in October. Archbishop Emeritus Oswald Gomis of Colombo led … [Read more...]

Pope mourns ‘brutal killing’ of priest, urges end to violence

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2014 / 12:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In comments made following his general audience address, Pope Francis lamented the killing of a Jesuit priest in Syria, and appealed to the country’s leaders to foster peace and respect human dignity. “Please, silence your weapons, and end the violence! No more war! No more destruction!” the Pope exclaimed in comments made April 9. Fr. Frans van der Lugt S.J., aged 75 and a native of the Netherlands, was killed April … [Read more...]

Lawyers warn of global push for ‘gender identity’ language

Rome, Italy, Apr 9, 2014 / 05:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Attorneys working for human rights at the United Nations and other global organizations note a growing trend to introduce “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” language – as well as abortion rights – into international law. A “newer theme that we see in international law is what we call the SOGI movement, or the Sexual Orientation Gender Identity movement,” British attorney Paul Coleman … [Read more...]

Our lives should have the flavor of the Gospel, Pope observes

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2014 / 04:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience Pope Francis began a new catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, drawing specific attention to wisdom and noting that it illuminates our actions and draws us closer to God. “We need to ask ourselves if our lives have the flavor of the Gospel; if others perceive that we are men and women of God; if it is the Holy Spirit that moves our lives,” the Pope insisted in his April 5 General Audience … [Read more...]

Solomon Islands bishops seek prayer, support after flooding

Honiara, Solomon Islands, Apr 9, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After heavy rains led to flooding on the island of Guadalcanal which has caused 23 confirmed deaths, the bishops of Solomon Islands have appealed for prayerful support for their people. “We are experiencing a moment of a true Way of the Cross,” said Bishop Luciano Capelli of Gizo in a statement this week. “Just remain close and if you can, also give us a hand,” the bishop added. Several days of … [Read more...]

Pro-life congressman, wife honored with Notre Dame award

South Bend, Ind., Apr 9, 2014 / 02:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an April 5 ceremony, Notre Dame University honored prominent U.S. pro-life congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.), and his wife, Marie, who is also a pro-life advocate, with its 2014 Evangelium Vitae Medal. In a speech thanking the university for the recognition, Rep. Smith said that pro-life individuals have the responsibility to “speak truth to power, no matter the sacrifice or cost.” Real change “will only be … [Read more...]