Vatican lawyer not surprised by court’s refusal to hear abuse case

Washington D.C., Jun 18, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA).- A dismissed request that the International Criminal Court investigate U.S. clergy sex abuse as a crime against humanity misunderstands the nature of the Catholic Church, the Vatican’s U.S. lawyer has said. “It’s no surprise, as the claims against Benedict are based on a fictitious theory of how the Catholic Church works,” said Jeffrey Lena, the Holy See's attorney in the U.S., told CNA June 17. “It’s … [Read more...]

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Cardinal pushes for law to protect pain-capable unborn

Washington D.C., Jun 17, 2013 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops’ point man on pro-life issues is calling on federal legislators to support a bill that would ban late-term abortions after unborn children are able to feel pain.“(O)ur citizens were deeply shaken by the revelations of Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s actions that led to his being convicted of murder and other crimes committed in the course of providing abortions,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston … [Read more...]

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Quebec euthanasia bill blasted for enshrining ‘power to kill’

Quebec City, Canada, Jun 17, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Quebec bill to allow lethal drug prescriptions for patients in pain would give doctors “the power to kill” and further lessen the value society places on the ill and dying, a Canadian pro-life group said. “We must not give anyone – especially not our doctors – the power to kill. We must keep our hospitals safe and protect the weakest and the most vulnerable among us. It is a matter of public safety, … [Read more...]

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Catholic, Orthodox groups unite to promote online safety

Washington D.C., Jun 17, 2013 / 12:23 pm (CNA).- A new website launched by the U.S. bishops’ communication department and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is striving to provide internet safety advice for families.The site, www.faithandsafety.org, aims to be a resource for parents wanting to help their children navigate the internet, mobile devices and other technologies safely and within a “faith framework.”Along with its associated Facebook and Twitter … [Read more...]

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Jesus makes slaps, insults ‘nothing,’ Pope declares

Vatican City, Jun 17, 2013 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesus makes it possible for Christians to “turn the other cheek” because they have received “all” from him, making slights, insults and even good things “nothing,” Pope Francis said. He delivered his comments in his June 17 homily on Matthew 5:38-42, where Jesus tells his disciples, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer … [Read more...]

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Interim bank appointment means Pope wants cardinals’ advice

Rome, Italy, Jun 17, 2013 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The temporary selection of a prelate for the so-called Vatican Bank shows Pope Francis is waiting for the advice of the cardinals he tapped as advisors before deciding the fate of the financial institute, according to a source in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State. The appointment of the prelate “must not be charged too much with expectations of a reform. The Pope needed to fill a post and wanted to give a signal that he … [Read more...]

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Economy, politics must serve man, Pope tells G8

Vatican City, Jun 17, 2013 / 08:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message to Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, Pope Francis underscored that the “material and spiritual welfare” of every person must be the impetus behind political and economic efforts to remedy the economic crisis and help the poor. The goal of both economics and politics, the Pope said in his June 15 letter, “is to serve humanity, beginning with the poorest and most vulnerable wherever they may be, … [Read more...]

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