Charity director laments mounting violence in Central African Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic, Oct 24, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Widespread violence in the Central African Republic which began in December is in risk of diffusing to nearby countries, an official with Aid to the Church in Need has warned. “The situation is becoming steadily more dramatic. Torture, looting and the murder of civilians are continuing unabated, whole villages are being burnt down,” said Christine du Coudray, head of the charity's African section, in … [Read more...]

Beauty queen promotes morality in recent interview

Quezon City, Philippines, Oct 24, 2013 / 12:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first ever Filipina-American to be crowned Miss World revealed her traditional values in a recent television interview.Megan Young, the 23 year-old who was crowned Miss World on Sept. 28, said in a recent television interview that she is pro-life, rejecting both abortion and contraception.Young, who was born in Virginia but moved to the Philippines with her family as a child, was interviewed on ANC, a Filipino news … [Read more...]

Catholic groups file suit in DC court against HHS mandate

Washington D.C., Oct 23, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic organizations in Washington, D.C., and Thomas Aquinas College, have filed a suit against the Obama administration, asking for a reprieve from the contraception mandate on religious liberty grounds. “The HHS contraceptive mandate presents a challenge to a Catholic institution such as Thomas Aquinas College that seeks to uphold both the civil law and the teachings of the Church,” Michael McLean, president of Thomas … [Read more...]

German bishop on leave while ‘luxury’ charges scrutinized

Limburg, Germany, Oct 23, 2013 / 03:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A German bishop at the center of intense media controversy for allegedly living a luxurious lifestyle will take a leave of absence from his diocese until the truth can be determined, Vatican officials have said. The Holy See Press Office said Oct. 23 that “a situation has arisen in which” Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg “cannot, at the present moment, continue to exercise his episcopal … [Read more...]

Pope Francis draws non-believers to notice Gospel, cardinal says

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2013 / 01:47 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, said that in the first six months of his pontificate Pope Francis “has gotten the world, and non-believers as well, to focus their attention on the Gospel.” In an interview with Madrid-based news agency Europa Press published Oct. 17, Cardinal Ravasi said this fact is part of the reform that the Pope is carrying out at the pastoral level, but … [Read more...]

Pope: Mary is united to Christ in the ‘martyrdom’ of her heart

Rome, Italy, Oct 23, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, the Pope continued his catechesis on the Church, reflecting today on the importance of Mary as an example of how to respond to God’s plan with fidelity.“She is also a model of union with Christ, be it in her daily duties, be it in the way of the Cross, until she unites herself with Him in the martyrdom of the heart.”Pope Francis directed the words of his Oct. 23 general audience to the … [Read more...]

Report on theology society both ‘encouraging, saddening’

Washington D.C., Oct 23, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A spiritual theology professor has said that an internal report acknowledging the Catholic Theological Society of America excludes more-orthodox and conservative thinkers is regrettable, yet an opportunity for change in the group. The National Catholic Reporter recently published a May 15 report of the Catholic Theological Society of America's committee on theological diversity, which said, “the self-conception of many … [Read more...]


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