Conference leaders hone in on immigration, human trafficking issues

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2013 / 05:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent gathering, instructors of U.S. Catholic Conferences came together in Rome to discuss the most pressing issues they face, immigration and human trafficking being the top two.“One of the biggest emerging issues that we’re seeing, that’s at the state level but also in the United States…was the issue of human trafficking,” director Jenny Kraska told CNA in an Oct. 25 interview.Kraska is the … [Read more...]

Greatest obstacles to evangelization are ‘our own hearts’

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 19, 2013 / 04:06 am (CNA).- In the fight to eradicate material problems such as poverty and drugs, we must work to remove the spiritual obstacles in our own hearts, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.Speaking to Church leaders from across the Americas on Nov. 16, Archbishop Chaput noted that God is calling us “to build a new 'New World' – a world of mercy, justice, patience and love.”   “The biggest obstacle to … [Read more...]

US recognizes Boko Haram as terrorist group

Washington D.C., Nov 19, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- After lengthy advocacy from both human rights and Christian groups, the U.S. State Department has officially designated the Nigeria-based Islamist group Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization. “The State Department is right to finally respond to the calls of many in the international community who see this designation as clearly needed,” Benjamin Bull, chief counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, said Nov. 14. … [Read more...]

Human resources review expected in Vatican departments

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA).- At least 30 priests employed in Vatican departments may be removed from their posts and sent to dioceses in the following months, according to three different Vatican sources.   “The Congregation for Clergy will be the first of the list,” a Vatican source familiar with the congregation told CNA Nov. 14.   Four priests employed in the congregation have been called to serve in dioceses. Among them is Monsignor Luciano … [Read more...]

Minorities face religious liberty threats worldwide, experts say

Washington D.C., Nov 18, 2013 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of minority religious communities, particularly Christians in the Middle East, face grave persecution around the world, religious freedom experts warn. "There are parts of the world today where to be a Christian is to put your life in danger. From continent to continent, Christians are facing discrimination, ostracism, torture, even murder, simply for the faith they follow,” said Baroness Sayeeda Warsi in a Nov. 14 … [Read more...]

New rules for Vatican financial oversight approved by Pope

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2013 / 03:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Nov. 15 approved a new document on the rules for the Holy See's financial oversight agency to distinguish better the roles and functions of its leadership.The Pope's document, an apostolic letter called a motu proprio, aims to help the Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority “fulfill even more adequately its institutional functions in full autonomy and independence” while also being consistent … [Read more...]

Pope warns against dangers of ‘adolescent progressivism’

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2013 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned against modern society's push for a unified secular ideology, saying that this does not create positive globalization but rather an “adolescent progressivism.” “The spirit of worldliness also exists today, today also brings us this desire to be progressive, following a single thought,” the Pope said during his Nov. 18 daily Mass.The pontiff directed his … [Read more...]