Food is a human right, Vatican archbishop tells UN

New York City, N.Y., Oct 31, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop leading the Holy See’s delegation to the United Nations has praised international efforts to combat hunger, malnutrition and poverty, urging that more be done to secure “the human right to food.”“While improvements in food production remain an important goal, food security will be achieved by all only when we change social structures and when we learn to show greater solidarity towards the … [Read more...]

NSA allegedly spied on Vatican, Italian paper says

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new report by an Italian publication accuses the U.S. National Security Agency of listening to the phone calls of Vatican officials and prelates, during a time period leading up to the conclave.Father Federico Lombardi, head of the Vatican press office, told CNA on Oct. 30 that he is unaware of such activity and is “not worried.”His comments come in response to allegations published by Italian weekly magazine … [Read more...]

Parish in Queens celebrates healing after Hurricane Sandy

Brooklyn, N.Y., Oct 31, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A parish in the Diocese of Brooklyn marked the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy with a Mass said in thanksgiving for healing and support received in the year since the storm hit.“During the first two weeks after the storm, we were isolated,” reflected Fr. Fulgencio Gutierrez, pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea, located in Queens' Far Rockaway neighborhood, about half a mile from Long Island's Atlantic … [Read more...]

National abortion rallies ignore pain of women, critics say

Washington D.C., Oct 30, 2013 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A national campaign to depict abortion as a normal and positive experience has drawn criticism for overlooking the harm that abortion causes to women and their unborn children.“This campaign reinforces the political beliefs about the goodness of abortion without giving women a chance to be honest about how they feel about their abortion or their lost child,” said Tina Whittington, executive vice president for Students for … [Read more...]

Costa Rica court: Church has right to speak on social issues

San José, Costa Rica, Oct 30, 2013 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- Costa Rica's Electoral Supreme Court has said that the Church has the right to speak about social and moral issues, proclaiming its teaching freely in order to inform the nation’s voters.The Catholic Church has the right to “take stances on the country's social problems, as well as to preach the faith with authentic freedom, teach its social doctrine, exercise an earthly mission without interference and issue moral … [Read more...]

Curia reform may increase Congregations, reduce Pontifical Councils

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2013 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' reform of the Roman Curia is expected to produce a new document regulating the body, and to reduce the number of Pontifical Councils, while increasing the number of Congregations.The group of eight cardinals advising Pope Francis on the reform and on the government of the Church will have their second meeting at the Vatican Dec. 3-5, following their Oct. 1-3 meeting.“The cardinals are not thinking about an … [Read more...]

Friend says Benedict XVI’s legacy marked by faith, reason link

Rome, Italy, Oct 30, 2013 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A noted French philosopher and friend of retired pontiff Benedict XVI reflected that the former Pope's greatest contribution during his pontificate could be how he addressed the rationality of belief. “As far as I can judge…the way in which he asked afresh the question of the relationship between faith and reason might have a lasting influence,” Remi Brague told CNA in an Oct. 25 interview. Brague, who attended … [Read more...]