Knights recognized by Pope Francis for charity, witness

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 7, 2013 / 12:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis issued a letter to the Knights of Columbus on the occasion of their 131st annual convention, praising them for their charitable works and encouraging them to defend the faith.Sent by Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone on behalf of Pope Francis, the letter expressed the Pope’s “esteem for the ideals of faith and fraternity” that the Knights embody, as well as their “commitment to … [Read more...]

Vatican interrogation request is first test of financial agreement

Rome, Italy, Aug 7, 2013 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s judicial authorities have requested that their Italian counterparts interrogate Monsignor Nunzio Scarano about withdrawals he made from his Vatican bank account, putting a brand new agreement between the two countries to its first test. The request to have the Italian authorities question the monsignor was made last week by Giampiero Milano, the Promoter of Justice for the Vatican Court, just days after the two … [Read more...]

Touch the poor and needy, Pope tells Argentineans

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug 7, 2013 / 05:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As his fellow Argentineans gathered to celebrate the feast of Saint Gaetano, the country's most popular saint, Pope Francis urged them to encounter and touch the poor, rather than helping them in a distant way. "With Jesus and Saint Gaetano, we go to meet the most needy!" Pope Francis said, repeating the theme for this year’s procession in a video message to participants. “It speaks of meeting … [Read more...]

Expert urges US to address Nigeria violence against Christians

Washington D.C., Aug 7, 2013 / 04:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As bombings against Christian churches in Nigeria continue, a religious liberty scholar is calling on the U.S. government to recognize the scope of the problem and take steps to end the violence.Paul Marshall, senior fellow at the D.C.-based Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, explained that Nigeria has experienced “increased religious violence and attacks on Christians for about 12 years.”He told CNA … [Read more...]

Bishop says porn use starts with loneliness, ‘yearning for love’

Lincoln, Neb., Aug 7, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA).- Reflecting on the pornography addiction of a man recently sentenced for the abduction of three women, Bishop James Conley said that the pervasive porn problem is rooted in loneliness and isolation.On Aug. 1, Ariel Castro was sentenced to more than 1,000 years in prison for the abduction, imprisonment and rape of three women for over ten years. He held the women captive in his Ohio home, beating one of them when she was impregnated by him until she … [Read more...]

Hospitalized man fulfills dream of creating 3D animations

Brasilia, Brazil, Aug 6, 2013 / 06:15 pm (CNA).- Despite being hospitalized for virtually his entire life as a result of childhood polio, Paulo Henrique Machado is achieving his dream of producing a 3D animation series for kids.Machado, a film buff, has spent the last 45 years living at the Clinical Hospital of Sao Paulo in Brazil, where he suffers paralysis and needs an artificial respirator 24 hours a day.In statements to the BBC, he recalled how he initially came to see the hospital as … [Read more...]

Federal probe of abortion clinic funding draws praise

Washington D.C., Aug 6, 2013 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life lawmakers issued statements supporting a government decision to investigate the federal funding of Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform abortions.“The federal government providing funding to abortion providers is a serious problem in our nation,” said Rep. Diane Black (R- Tenn.) in an August 5 statement.She said that she is pleased with the Government Accountability Office’s decision to … [Read more...]