Pope to canon lawyers: Annulment process must be secure, prompt

Vatican City, Jan 26, 2015 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a speech delivered on Saturday to participants in a conference on how to handle causes of nullity, Pope Francis encouraged a marriage process that is both sure of its judgements and prompt. The three-day conference is sponsored by the Pontifical Gregorian University, and marks the 10th anniversary of Dignitas connubii, an instruction of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts to tribunals on handling causes of the nullity of … [Read more...]

Pope: Dialogue between religions key in countering violence

Vatican City, Jan 25, 2015 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Jan. 24 stressed the need for dialogue between different faiths, saying that it is essential in preventing violence and promoting peace. “Perhaps now more than ever such a need is felt, because the most effective antidote against all forms of violence is education towards the discovery and acceptance of differences,” he said, according to Vatican Radio. The Pope spoke to members of the Pontifical Institute … [Read more...]

Christian unity demands encounter – not theory, says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 25, 2015 / 03:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than “theoretical discussions,” what unites Christians is encounter, and a willingness to “challenge one another,” said Pope Francis as he marked the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. “Christian unity will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each party tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions,” the Pope said during vespers at Saint … [Read more...]

100 babies: A women’s center that helps every step of the way

Denver, Colo., Jan 25, 2015 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Lynn Grandon kept a tally on her desk of how many babies she knew the Denver Lighthouse women’s center had helped bring into this world. Last week, an e-mail from a nurse at the center confirmed that five more women had given birth – bringing the total to 100. Grandon, the director of Lighthouse, could barely contain her excitement. “I called her back on the phone and I was screaming and I was going, ‘Do you … [Read more...]

As Ukraine violence continues, Pope renews call for dialogue

Vatican City, Jan 25, 2015 / 12:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his weekly Angelus address, Pope Francis decried the recent escalation of violence in Ukraine, and later called on Christians to pray for unity with one another. “With deep concern, I am following the worsening of clashes in eastern Ukraine, which continues to cause many victims among the civilian population,” the Pope said Jan. 25, addressing the crowds from the window of the Apostolic Palace. Thirty people were … [Read more...]

Why the pro-life movement needs Democrats

Washington D.C., Jan 25, 2015 / 06:30 am (CNA).- Pro-life Democrat politicians are fast becoming an endangered political species, but their pro-life presence is necessary for the movement to succeed, both Republicans and Democrats agreed. “I think if the pro-life movement becomes confined to just the Republican Party, it’s going to hurt the movement,” Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) told CNA at the 2015 March for Life. He added that if more pro-life Democrats get elected, … [Read more...]

House stalls on one pro-life bill, passes another

Washington D.C., Jan 24, 2015 / 07:51 pm (CNA).- On the 41st anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the U.S., the House passed a ban on federal funding of abortion, after delaying a vote on a different piece of pro-life legislation. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, head of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee, praised the vote, stating on Friday that “the House has taken a decisive step toward respect for unborn human life, reflecting the will of the American … [Read more...]