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...]

Pope Francis surprised by misunderstanding of his words on family

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2015 / 04:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis was surprised that his words on responsible parenthood were not widely taken in the sense that he intended them, a Vatican official related in an interview on Thursday. Archbishop Giovanni Becciu, Substitute at the Secretariat of State, also told Avvenire, the Italian bishops' publication, on Jan. 22 that the Pope was saddened at the misunderstanding. “The Pope is truly sorry that it created such disorientation. … [Read more...]

Want Christian unity? Deepen your own conversion, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2015 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told a group of religious men and women that they are the forerunners in working towards Christian unity, which is something that first requires personal conversion, holiness and prayer. “There is no unity without conversion. Religious life reminds us that at the center of every search for unity, and therefore of every ecumenical effort, there is before all else the conversion of heart,” the pontiff told the … [Read more...]

Beatification cause opened for founder of Focolare movement

Rome, Italy, Jan 24, 2015 / 07:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Rafaello Martinelli of Frascati, Italy, has announced that the beatification cause will be opened for the founder of the Focolare movement, Chiara Lubich. The ceremony will take place on January 27 at the cathedral in Frascati, where the international headquarters of the movement is located and where Lubich is buried. Maria Voce, president of the Focolare Movement, celebrated the news and encouraged members to be “living … [Read more...]

Worldliness ‘stuns more than grappa on a fast,’ Pope tells new cardinals

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2015 / 07:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter to the 20 bishops who will be elevated to the cardinalate next month, Pope Francis said that the role is one of sacrificial service rather than an award, and cautioned against a worldly mindset. “Keeping oneself humble in service is not easy when one sees the cardinalate as an award, like the culmination of a career, a dignity of power or of superior distinction,” the Pope told the cardinals-to-be in a Jan. 4 … [Read more...]