Pope cancels hospital visit due to ‘sudden indisposition’

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2014 / 08:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As spectators were awaiting the visit of Pope Francis to a Roman hospital, it was announced by Bishop Claudio Giuliodori that the pontiff cancelled his visit due to a “sudden indisposition.” Bishop Giuliodori, General Ecclesiastical Assistant of the University of the Sacred Heart, read the announcement to those waiting for the Holy Father. The cancellation was later confirmed by Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: love of God is both generous, active

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2014 / 07:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis focused his daily homily for the Feast of the Sacred Heart on the nature of love between God and his people. “There are two aspects to this love. First, love is more about giving than receiving. Second, love is more about actions than words,” the Pope observed in his June 27 daily Mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse. The Roman Pontiff described how this feast celebrates the love God has for us … [Read more...]

Peace in Middle East can flourish again, Pope assures

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2014 / 05:11 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...]

Major FBI bust highlights problem of human trafficking

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2014 / 04:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The arrest of nearly 300 suspected pimps and rescue of 168 children in a national bust of child sex trafficking rings across the country has drawn attention to the problem of modern slavery. “These are not children living in some faraway place, far from everyday life,” said FBI director James B. Comey during a June 23 press conference in Washington, D.C. “These are our kids. On our street corners. Our truck stops. … [Read more...]

Life is not ours to end, Canadians say against suicide bill

Quebec City, Canada, Jun 27, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Quebec National Assembly on Thursday passed legislation creating a right to assisted suicide in some circumstances, drawing criticism from pro-life advocates who argue that life is sacred. “We have no right to take our lives. Our lives are not ours. Our lives are a gift from God,” Mary Ellen Douglas, national organizer of Canada's Campaign Life Coalition, told CNA June 26. “We have no right to take our … [Read more...]

Religious applicants fare worse in job hunt, studies suggest

Hartford, Conn., Jun 27, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two studies suggest that religious self-identification on a job applicant’s resume can harm his or her job prospects, with Catholics receiving almost as few responses to job applications as Muslims in some parts of the U.S. “What we found is that, when applying for a job, it’s better not to mention religion at all – but employers really don’t want you to mention being a Muslim,” University of … [Read more...]

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...]