British woman appointed by Pope to head Pontifical Academy

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis has appointed Lady Margaret Scotford Archer as president of a group of scholars dedicated to studying issues in the social sciences in order to offer reflection and advice to the leadership of the Church. According to an April 12 press release from the Holy See, “the Holy Father has named the most illustrious Professor Lady Margaret Scotford Archer President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.” The new … [Read more...]

Bishops invited to support 2014 March for Marriage

Washington D.C., Apr 12, 2014 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two U.S. bishops leading efforts to defend and promote marriage offered their support for this year’s national March for Marriage and invited their fellow bishops to do the same. “We are very grateful for this opportunity to express our support for the March for Marriage and to encourage participation in this event,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo and Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San … [Read more...]

Archbishop urges prayer, action against Colo. abortion bill

Denver, Colo., Apr 12, 2014 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila is asking the people of Colorado to spend 10 minutes in prayer and take concrete action over the weekend to support the sanctity of human life in the face of a serious legislative threat. In an open letter dated April 11, the Denver archbishop explained that Senate Bill 175, touted as the “Reproductive Health Freedom Act,” is being debated in the Colorado Senate next week. “This … [Read more...]

Medical care must consider whole person, Pope urges surgeons

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2014 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his audience with surgeons who treat cancer patients, Pope Francis encouraged the physicians to view the person as an integral whole of body and soul. On April 12, the Holy Father spoke of the need for “comprehensive care that considers the whole person and unites also human, psychological and social support, spiritual accompaniment, and support for the family of the sick person to medical care.” His audience in the … [Read more...]

Australian woman given Papal honors for social service

Wollongong, Australia, Apr 12, 2014 / 07:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Mass said last week, Bishop Peter Ingham of Wollongong bestowed Papal honors on Kathleen McCormack for her meritorious service to CatholicCare, the diocesan welfare agency. Bishop Ingham made the announcement during the April 3 Mass said at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral to mark McCormack's retirement after 34 years of service to CatholicCare, 29 of which were as its diocesan director. “I am delighted and honored … [Read more...]

Human life sacred and inviolable, Pope Francis affirms

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2014 / 12:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a meeting with Italy’s Pro-Life Movement, Pope Francis thanked members for their work to defend the right to life and promote the dignity of all human beings, from conception to natural death. “Human life is sacred and inviolable. Every civil law is based on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, that of life, which is not subordinate to any condition, neither qualitative nor economic, much less … [Read more...]

Ambassador launches book on Padre Pio in Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Apr 11, 2014 / 08:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fernando Sanchez Campos, Costa Rica's ambassador to the Holy See, released in Manila last month the English translation of his book on Padre Pio's intercessory role in his family's life. “We are here to speak about God’s love, and this is for three reasons: to help reinforce our faith, to share God’s graces knowing that Jesus is the best gift we can receive, and to know that the Lord is very … [Read more...]