Vatican releases outline for October synod on the family

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2014 / 04:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Divided into three parts, the Vatican's newly released outline that will drive discussion during the upcoming synod touches on the nature of families and current challenges they face. Reflecting on the theme of “the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” the Oct. 5-19 third extraordinary synod of bishops was called by Pope Francis last fall in order to prepare the ordinary synod in … [Read more...]

Supreme Court’s abortion clinic ruling hailed as win for women

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2014 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A unanimous Supreme Court decision striking down a 35-foot buffer zone around Massachusetts abortion clinics is being praised as a victory not only for pro-life counsellors but for all women. Jeanne Monahan, president of the March for Life, told CNA that the ruling “absolutely protects women.” “Abortion is bad physiologically and psychologically for many, many, many women,” she continued, adding that the … [Read more...]

Pope: Jesus was a pastor, not a ‘moralistic’ power-seeker

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2014 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis warned of those who reduce the faith to moralism and ambition, stating that people in Jesus' time followed him because he spoke the truth in a way they understood. “This is why the people followed Jesus, because He was the Good Shepherd. He wasn’t a moralistic, quibbling Pharisee, or a Sadducee who made political deals with the powerful, or a guerrilla who sought the political liberation … [Read more...]

Supreme Court unanimously rejects abortion clinic buffer zones

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2014 / 08:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts state law that imposed a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, in which protestors and pro-life counselors could not enter to speak with patients. The law violates First Amendment free speech protections, the court said in its McCullen vs. Coakley opinion, delivered June 26 by Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. Although it did not strike down all buffer laws, the … [Read more...]

Peace in Middle East can flourish again, Pope assures

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2014 / 07:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an audience with aid organizations assisting Oriental churches, Pope Francis explained that peace is a gift from God, which can be regained by offering hope through our solidarity with those who suffer. “Those who would cultivate the plant of peace must never forget that God alone gives the growth. True peace, the peace which the world cannot give, is a gift to us from Jesus Christ,” the Pope observed in his June 26 … [Read more...]

Franciscans of the Immaculate to receive house in Rome

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2014 / 05:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has revealed that a house is being sought for members of the Friars of the Immaculate who study in Rome, and assured that Pope Francis is well-informed on the order’s temporary receivership. In a statement released June 24, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. published the answer of Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo addressing several questions regarding the Franciscans of the Immaculate following a June 10 … [Read more...]

Apostolate teaches women their ‘irreplaceable’ value, dignity

Denver, Colo., Jun 26, 2014 / 04:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In 2003, a trio of laywomen in Denver were inspired by the writings of Pope John Paul II to create a Catholic study apostolate for women. Eleven years later, what began as a grassroots effort has become an international organization, reaching the lives of more than 25,000 women, and working to transform culture by educating women on their authentic dignity and true femininity. “I think the message that women need to hear the … [Read more...]