Vatican study group examines human trafficking issues

Rome, Italy, Nov 4, 2013 / 06:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Experts from around the world gathered at the Vatican this weekend to investigate and discuss the growing practice of “modern slavery” in the form of human trafficking.The “preparatory workshop,” entitled “Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery,” was held Nov. 2-3.Called at the request of Pope Francis, the conference was jointly hosted by the Pontifical Academy for the Sciences and the World … [Read more...]

Video highlights seminarians, priestly vocations in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Calif., Nov 4, 2013 / 04:25 pm (CNA).- As seminary enrollments continue to rise, the Los Angeles archdiocese has released a vocational video titled “Follow Me: Journeys to Priesthood,” telling the stories of many seminarians discerning a call to priesthood.Fr. Steve Davoren, vocations director for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said the vocations office hopes that the video will move more young men to “begin an internal dialogue with God to help them discern a … [Read more...]

Vatican rejects claims of Pope ‘polling’ Catholics on marriage

Vatican City, Nov 4, 2013 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The director of the Holy See press office has clarified that Pope Francis has not presented a questionnaire to Catholics worldwide to consult on homosexual unions and divorced persons, as some news outlets have reported.This assertion, made by Italian daily il Fatto Quotidiano among others, is “not true” and in fact the basis is “only a document sent to bishops' conferences throughout the world by the secretary … [Read more...]

Catholic principal says Quebec rule prohibits teaching faith

Quebec City, Canada, Nov 4, 2013 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The province of Quebec is moving towards a “closed secularism” that will harm the ability to teach Catholicism in high schools, says a principal leading a legal challenge against regulations of religion classes.Paul Donovan, principal of Montreal’s Loyola High School, said he has no problem promoting pluralism in a province-mandated religion and ethics class, but he objects to provincial rules that bar … [Read more...]

Women uniquely understand ‘truth of man,’ philosopher says

Vatican City, Nov 4, 2013 / 08:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In light of Pope Francis’ call for a deeper theology of women, a leading Italian philosopher spoke of the importance of Edith Stein’s writings on gender, saying that she extracts the essence of human sexuality.“For women it is easier because they are taught through this experience of pregnancy something about man, about the truth of man that is more difficult for us males to understand and to enter,” Rocco … [Read more...]

Fair trade group promotes conscientious Christmas shopping

West Bridgewater, Mass., Nov 3, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the season of Advent draws closer, Catholic Relief Services and a fair trade group are encouraging consumers to be mindful of where they buy their Christmas gifts.“We ought to be aware of how we’re connected,” said Rodney North of Equal Exchange, a fair trade group based in Massachusetts.Since 2007, Catholic Relief Services has worked with Equal Exchange to involve more U.S. Catholics in their work of … [Read more...]

Pope calls Feast of All Saints a ‘day of hope’

Rome, Italy, Nov 3, 2013 / 02:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis offered Mass on All Saints’ Day at a Roman cemetery, preaching on the importance of hope in Christian life and death.“To see God, to be similar to God: this is our hope.  And today, precisely on the day of the Saints and before the day for the dead, it is necessary to think a little about hope: this hope that accompanies us in life,” he said Nov. 1 at the Verano Cemetery in Rome.“The first … [Read more...]