Special adviser appointed to Vatican’s ‘central bank’

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2014 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Secretariat for the Economy appointed Saturday Franco Dalla Sega as “ad interim” special adviser to the extraordinary section of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. “Aside from assisting the secretary of APSA in the conduct of the activities of the Section, Professor Dalla Sega will be assigned specific tasks and projects and may be asked for specific advice on the reorganisation of APSA in … [Read more...]

Court ruling on Philippines RH bill met with mixed responses

Manila, Philippines, Apr 8, 2014 / 06:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While disappointed that the country’s Supreme Court has upheld a controversial “reproductive health” law, the Catholic bishops of the Philippines voiced gratitude that the ruling also strengthened parental rights and religious freedom. “Although the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the RH law, it has truly watered down the RH law and consequently upheld the importance of adhering to an … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to make two pastoral visits over summer

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2014 / 05:23 pm (CNA).- This coming summer, Pope Francis will make two pastoral visits inside of Italy, following two previous trips to the Italian cities of Assisi and Lampedusa. In an April 5 announcement, the Holy See revealed that the pontiff has accepted an invitation to visit Calabria and Molise during the months of June and July. Both visits will take place on Saturdays. The Pope is slated to travel to Cassano all'Jonio June 21, and to Campobasso and Isernia … [Read more...]

Court upholds ban on religious services in NYC public schools

New York City, N.Y., Apr 8, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal appeals court has upheld a New York City policy prohibiting religious services in public school buildings, a decision critics said wrongly targets churches for exclusion. Jordan Lorence, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, objected to the April 3 decision, saying that “the First Amendment prohibits New York City from singling out worship services and excluding them from empty school … [Read more...]

Francis documentary to be shown at John Paul II Film Festival

Miami, Fla., Apr 8, 2014 / 02:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The documentary “Francis: The Pope of the New World” will be shown on the big screen for the first time during the John Paul II International Film Festival, being held April 3-12 in Miami. Produced by the Knights of Columbus, the documentary recounts the life of Pope Francis from his childhood, including his role in the Church in Argentina and his election as the supreme leader of the Catholic Church. “The film brings … [Read more...]

Pope to say Mass of Lord’s Supper at rehab center for disabled persons

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2014 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It was announced April 7 that Pope Francis will say the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at a residential rehabilitation site for disabled persons in Rome. According to the Holy See press office, the April 17 Mass will be said at the St. Mary of Providence Centre, which has 150 beds for patients who require rehabilitation because of neuro-motor impairment and which is operated by the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation. The … [Read more...]

Christianity is more than a survival guide, Pope insists

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2014 / 08:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis focused on how Jesus heals our sin with the Cross, and emphasizing that Christianity is not merely following a written formula, but rather a person who sacrificed for us. “Christianity is not a philosophical doctrine, it’s not a program for life survival or education, or for peacemaking. These are consequences. Christianity is a person, a person raised on the Cross,” the Pope expressed in … [Read more...]


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