Pope appoints Canon Law expert to Council for Economy

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2014 / 09:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today Pope Francis nominated an expert in the Church’s legal system as the new Prelate Secretary for the recently-created Council for the Economy.A press release on March 22 from the Holy See’s press office stated, “the Holy Father has nominated Msgr. Brian Ferme as Prelate Secretary of the Council for the Economy.”The British Monsignor has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law at Rome’s … [Read more...]

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Pope institutes commission for protecting minors

Vatican City, Mar 22, 2014 / 08:21 am (CNA).- Today Pope Francis instituted the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, issuing the names of eight members tasked with structuring the future form of the commission. “Pope Francis has made clear that the Church must hold the protection of minors amongst her highest priorities. Today, to carry forward this initiative, the Holy Father announces the names of several highly qualified persons who are committed to this issue,” … [Read more...]

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South Carolina abortion ban could protect pain-capable unborn

Columbia, S.C., Mar 22, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life advocates praised the South Carolina House’s passage of a bill to ban abortions after 19 weeks into pregnancy – the point at which science has indicated unborn children can feel pain. “The majority of Americans support this swift moving, popular movement to protect children from abortion more than halfway through pregnancy,” Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List said … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis expresses solidarity with victims of mafia violence

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2014 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Friday meeting and prayer vigil with families of mafia victims, Pope Francis shared his sympathy with them, and then forcefully exhorted mafiosi to convert and change their lives. “I wish to share with you a hope, and it is this: that the sense of responsibility will slowly, slowly win out over corruption, in every part of the world,” the Roman Pontiff said March 21 to members of the Libera Foundation, an organization … [Read more...]

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Dominican bishop of Nottingham transferred to Liverpool

Liverpool, England, Mar 21, 2014 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking Friday of his appointment as Archbishop of Liverpool, Bishop Malcolm McMahon of Nottingham has said he will strive to live up to the trust that is being put in him in his new role. “I am honoured and humbled to have been appointed by our Holy Father Pope Francis as Archbishop of Liverpool,” Bishop McMahon said in a news conference March 21. “I promise to do my best to repay the trust that he has placed in … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: God’s Word lives through humility, prayer

Vatican City, Mar 21, 2014 / 10:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned against trying to co-opt the Word of God for one’s own purposes as did the Pharisees, urging prayer and humility instead, in his homily for Friday’s Mass. “This is the tragedy of these people, and our tragedy too!” he preached March 21 during his Mass said at the chapel of the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse. He reflected on the Gospel reading containing Jesus’ parable about the … [Read more...]

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Down syndrome researcher’s sainthood cause a ‘witness to life’

Washington D.C., Mar 21, 2014 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The life of Dr. Jérôme Lejeune, a French researcher who discovered the genetic cause of Down syndrome, is an example of faith, respect for the dignity of all human life, and search for truth in science, say those who work to spread his legacy. "The example of Jerome Lejeune is a man who serves as a witness in contemporary time for challenges that we all face," said Mark Bradford, president of the … [Read more...]

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