Evangelize to heal wounds, Pope encourages Burundi bishops

Vatican City, May 7, 2014 / 02:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis encouraged the bishops of Burundi to engage with civil society and proclaim the Gospel in order to promote justice and reconciliation in the fragile society. “I can only encourage you to take your whole place – as you are already doing – in the social and political dialogue, and to encounter the government without hesitation,” the Pope said May 5 at the Vatican. “Persons in positions of … [Read more...]

Nigerian cardinal urges action to free kidnapped girls

Abuja, Nigeria, May 7, 2014 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja has called for “concrete action” to save the hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, saying his country is “ashamed” by the failure to find them. “Up until now we are hearing practically nothing concrete on the issue,” Cardinal Onaiyekan told Vatican Radio May 6. “I think almost every Nigerian is taken aback. We cannot explain what is … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: gift of counsel illuminates the will of God

Vatican City, May 7, 2014 / 06:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his General Audience on Wednesay, Pope Francis reflected on the Holy Spirit’s gift of counsel, explaining that through it we learn to be docile to the Lord rather than attached to our own ideas. “It illuminates our heart and makes us more sensitive to the voice of the Spirit, so that we do not get carried away in our thoughts, feelings and intentions by selfishness or our own way of looking at things, but by the will of … [Read more...]

New prayer released for Pope’s Holy Land pilgrimage

Vatican City, May 7, 2014 / 04:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The priest who is organizing Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Jordan has written a special prayer for the occasion with the aim of allowing the world to participate. “This prayer takes into consideration the whole pilgrimage of His Holiness to the Holy Land. Therefore it’s not only for Jordan, but for all,” Fr. Rifat Bader explained to CNA May 5. With this prayer he noted, Catholics from the whole world will be … [Read more...]

Critic says UN risks credibility with Catholic torture charges

Geneva, Switzerland, May 7, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Insinuations at a U.N. committee hearing that Catholic teaching against abortion may violate an international anti-torture convention has raised questions about the partiality of the body. “It is outrageous that the U.N. Committee against Torture would challenge the Catholic Church's religious commitment to the sanctity of life at every stage,” Ashley McGuire, an advisory board member for Catholic Voices USA, said … [Read more...]

Ireland’s invite to Pope could signal defrosting relations

Vatican City, May 7, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After years of tension, news that Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has invited Pope Francis to visit the country may be a sign that relations between the Holy See and Ireland are returning to normal. Within just months of the re-opening of Ireland's Vatican embassy, Prime Minister Kenny announced the invitation to the Pope at a press conference held at the Irish College in Rome April 27.   According to the Irish times, the Prime … [Read more...]

Pope’s upcoming meeting with UN officials presents opportunity

Vatican City, May 7, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will meet with United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon May 9, as well as with the Chief Executives Board for Coordination, marking an opportunity for the Pope to encourage reform of the organization. The board coordinates and directs the U.N., and is comprised of 29 heads of U.N. bodies. The meeting comes against the backdrop of a tense hearing of a Holy See delegation before the U.N.’s Committee on the … [Read more...]