US must adapt foreign policy to solve migrant crisis, says bishop

Washington D.C., Jul 27, 2014 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the U.S. bishops’ international justice and peace committee implored Secretary of State John Kerry to utilize U.S. foreign policy to address the “root causes” of child migration from Central America. “The crisis on our borders will not be minimally resolved until drugs and arms flows, harmful trade provisions, and other critical economic policies that contribute to violence are addressed and … [Read more...]

Jesus is the great treasure, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Jul 27, 2014 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis stressed the priceless value of encountering Jesus, noting that Jesus’ parables speak of those who are willing to trade everything for the Kingdom of God. “He who knows Jesus, who encounters him personally, remains fascinated and attracted by so much kindness, so much truth, so much beauty, and everything in great humility and simplicity,” the Pope said July 27. “Look for Jesus, meet … [Read more...]

UN committee criticized for efforts to push abortion on Ireland

Geneva, Switzerland, Jul 26, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Assertions by members of the U.N. Human Rights Committee that Irish abortion law violates international human rights agreements is erroneous and exceeds its authority, one observer has said. “No U.N. (agreement) or any other kind of treaty or understanding supports the notion that there is a human right to abortion,” Austin Ruse, president of the New York-based Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, told CNA July … [Read more...]

Give primacy to God, Pope says

Rome, Italy, Jul 26, 2014 / 01:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday visited the Italian city of Caserta, encouraging the people of the region to place God at the center of their lives. “Giving primacy to God means having the courage to say no to evil, violence, oppression; to live a life of service to others and in favor of lawfulness and the common good,” Pope Francis said July 26. The Pope spoke during his homily at evening Mass in front of the Royal Palace of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to meet with evangelical pastor

Vatican City, Jul 26, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ upcoming encounter with the evangelical Christian pastor Giovanni Traettino continues the path of dialogue he has walked with evangelical denominations since his time in Buenos Aires. Pope Francis met Traettino in 2006, while he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, at the third fraternal meeting of the Renewed Communion of Evangelicals and Catholics in the Spirit. On that occasion, Cardinal Bergoglio gave a speech on … [Read more...]

Violence in Nigeria has ‘no boundaries’ now, archbishop says

Rome, Italy, Jul 25, 2014 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of two bombings this week in Nigeria, targeting both an Islamic scholar and a senior politician, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called for greater proactive efforts to identify all violent groups. “The two separate bombings in Kaduna is a further indication that there is progression rather than retrogression of violence in the northern part of Nigeria,” Archbishop Kaigama said in comments made to CNA July … [Read more...]

Pope Francis lunches with Vatican employees by surprise

Vatican City, Jul 25, 2014 / 11:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's blue-collar employees were surprised by a lunch guest on Friday, when their 'boss' and bishop, Pope Francis, turned up at at their cafeteria. “Pope Francis acted as the humblest of the workers,” Franco Paini, chef of the Vatican cafeteria, told Vatican Radio July 25. “He got here, he took his tray, his utensils, he got in the line and waited his turn, and then we served him.” Taking … [Read more...]


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