Pope’s interview prompts flurry of media reactions

Vatican City, Sep 21, 2013 / 02:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A lengthy interview with Pope Francis published yesterday by a Jesuit publication has sparked a flood of news reports, as well as in-depth commentary from Catholic analysts. Vatican analyst John Allen, Jr., said that the Pope’s recent comments are “not breaking with traditional doctrine but trying to shift the church's emphasis from condemnation to mercy.” He noted that when the Pope was asked if he … [Read more...]

Pope Francis asks doctors to spread the Gospel of Life

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2013 / 07:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to a group of gynecologists and obstetricians at the Vatican, Pope Francis affirmed that all human life has dignity and rejected the discarding of “defenseless” human persons through abortion.“Every unborn child, although unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, the Lord’s face,” Pope Francis said, adding that like Christ, these aborted children experience the rejection of the … [Read more...]

Pontifical Council discusses future of marriage, family

Rome, Italy, Sep 20, 2013 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- This week the Pontifical Council for the Family is holding a conference to discuss how to recover the true meaning of the family in the context of a growing process of deconstructionism and confusion. “The family is still regarded almost universally as a good,” said Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Sept. 19, while adding that in secular society “there are still … [Read more...]

Interviewer: Pope’s adherence to Church abortion teaching is clear

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2013 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is “absolutely clear” about Catholic teaching on abortion, but his first focus is to bring God’s salvation to everyone, “most of all sinners,” says the Jesuit priest whose lengthy papal interview was published yesterday. “The message of the Church is a message of mercy,” said Father Antonio Spadaro, S.J., who is editor in chief of the Jesuit-run Italian newspaper La Civiltà … [Read more...]

Bishop Kettler transferred to Saint Cloud diocese

St. Cloud, Minn., Sep 20, 2013 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis today accepted the resignation of Bishop John Kinney, 76, of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, and appointed as his replacement Bishop Donald Kettler, who until today had led the Fairbanks diocese. “I am very pleased to be here, to be your bishop, and I hope I can do that task well … it's going to just really be a blessing for me to be here,” Bishop Kettler said Sept. 20 at a press conference introducing … [Read more...]

Vatican’s new Catechism app aims to spread faith worldwide

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2013 / 07:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A pontifical council is preparing to launch a new app on the Catechism of the Catholic Church in order to help promote and better expand Church teaching throughout the world. “Catechesis is important for the church first of all because it is the attempt we had from the beginning of our faith to put together the knowledge, the content of our faith, and the coherent witness that we should have,” said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, … [Read more...]

Faith shines light on truth and reason, archbishop says

Washington D.C., Sep 20, 2013 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent talk on Pope Francis' encyclical “Lumen Fidei,” Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore emphasized that faith is not opposed to reason, but rather is necessary for understanding truth.“This encyclical letter…is a great gift – not only to the Church, but to all people of good will, to everybody seeking the truth,” Archbishop Lori said Sept. 17 at Washington D.C.'s Basilica of the … [Read more...]


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