Praising God frees us from sorrow, Pope proclaims

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians often act like they are “going to a funeral procession rather than to praise God,” Pope Francis declared, urging believers to spend time praising God so they are not slaves to their sorrows. “You here at Mass,” the Pope said in the chapel of St. Martha’s House, “do you give praise to God or do you only petition God and thank God? “Do you praise God?” he repeated, pointing out … [Read more...]

Vatican bank president focusing on image change

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The new head of the Vatican’s Institute for Works of Religion, Ernst von Freyberg, says his main goal is to improve the image so that the Pope’s message remains in the spotlight. “My dream is that our reputation is such that people don’t think of us any more, when they think about the Vatican, but that they listen to what the Pope says,” remarked von Freyberg in an exclusive May 31 interview with Vatican … [Read more...]

Contraception funding charges inaccurate, NY archdiocese says

New York City, N.Y., May 31, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Responding to media reports, the Archdiocese of New York said that its payments to a labor union fund that goes towards insurance coverage of contraception and abortion are involuntary and do not excuse the federal contraception mandate. “The union, local 1199, is present in all health care facilities. Even if a health care facility chose not to negotiate with the union it would be forced to abide by the same terms of the … [Read more...]

Targeting of crisis pregnancy centers draws sharp criticism

Washington D.C., May 31, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A bill introduced in congress allowing the Federal Trade Commission to investigate crisis pregnancy centers has sparked a fiery reaction that abortion clinics warrant far greater scrutiny. “It's outrageous to target generous people who are out there to give women a real choice,” Maureen Ferguson, senior policy adviser for The Catholic Association, told CNA May 30. The bill was introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. … [Read more...]

Pope made apartment choice to avoid isolation

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 12:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told his friend he lives a normal life as pontiff and that he decided not to move into the Papal Apartments so would not become isolated. “I let people see me and I live a normal life; (I have) public Mass in the morning, I eat in the dining room with everyone, etc.,” he wrote to his friend Father Enrique Rodriguez in a letter dated May 15. “This does me good and prevents me from being isolated,” … [Read more...]

Study documents abortion’s global health threat to women

Geneva, Switzerland, May 31, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new study released during the 66th annual World Health Assembly identified and exposed what it claimed to be the harmful and often overlooked impact that abortion has on women's health. Decades-long research analysis issued by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Global Outreach and National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund makes the case that rather than being a routine medical procedure, abortion is detrimental to the … [Read more...]

Religious differences compatible with freedom, Jewish leader says

Washington D.C., May 30, 2013 / 06:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- True religious liberty does not require religious individuals to minimize differences in the tenets of their faith, said Jewish Rabbi Meir Soloveichik.Instead, he maintained, religious freedom demands that people of faith live “both as stranger and neighbor” within society.“We do not need to deny our differences to achieve a covenant,” he emphasized.Quoting Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, chief Rabbi of Great … [Read more...]


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