Papal almoner celebrates funeral for homeless man

Rome, Italy, Jan 14, 2014 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican officials held a funeral Mass on Jan. 10 for Alexander Pawlewski, a beggar who was often seen on the streets of Rome and died from exposure to the cold last month. The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, who is responsible for distributing donations to those in need on behalf of Pope Francis. Father Policarpo Nowak of the Vatican Secretariat of State delivered the homily. “Let us defend … [Read more...]

Legionaries seek to continue service with ‘renewed enthusiasm’

Rome, Italy, Jan 10, 2014 / 02:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Legionaries meet in Rome for their General Chapter, spokesman Fr. Benjamin Clariond voiced the congregation's hopes for a stronger apostolate with a more keen awareness of their challenges. “After this period of renewal and purification, we would like to continue serving the Church and offering our ministries with a renewed enthusiasm, and also with a greater awareness of our limitations,” the spokesman said in his … [Read more...]

Drastic increase in murders of religious, missionaries in 2013

Rome, Italy, Jan 8, 2014 / 01:18 pm (CNA).- The Church throughout the world has expereince increased violence in the past year, according to a recent global report on the murders of priests, religious and lay faithful. Data published by the Fides news agency recorded 22 assassinations in 2013, up from 13 in 2012. Most of the victims were killed during robbery attempts, and in some cases the attacks were ferocious. Among the victims were 19 priests, one religious sister and two laymen … [Read more...]

Pope encouraged Malta bishop to speak out against gay adoption bill

Rome, Italy, Jan 3, 2014 / 02:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis was “shocked” by a bill in Malta that would allow gay couples to adopt children, said a bishop from the small island nation, adding that the Holy Father had encouraged him to speak up on the issue. “We discussed many aspects...and when I raised the issue that’s worrying me as a bishop [the same-sex adoption bill] he encouraged me to speak out,” Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna told The Sunday … [Read more...]

Archbishop Müller affirms doctrine, pastoral care for divorced

Rome, Italy, Jan 3, 2014 / 09:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview with Corriere della Sera, the Vatican's head official on doctrinal matters discussed the importance of personal pastoral care for divorced re-married persons, while adhering to Church teaching. “We must try a combination of general principles and particular, personal situations. Finding solutions to individual problems, though always on the foundation of Catholic doctrine,” Archbishop Gerhard … [Read more...]

Belgium considers legalizing euthanasia for minors

Brussels, Belgium, Dec 30, 2013 / 09:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite religious opposition, the Belgian Senate voted Dec. 13 in favor of a bill which would expand legal euthanasia to terminally ill minors and persons with dementia. The bill now has to be considered by the country’s lower house of parliament, the Chamber of Representatives, which is widely expected to approve it. The bill passed in the Senate by a margin of 50-17. After the bill was passed by the Senate's justice … [Read more...]

Legal group fights Swiss lawsuit promoting euthanasia

Washington D.C., Dec 28, 2013 / 09:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S.-based legal group Alliance Defending Freedom has issued a legal brief supporting Swiss laws that bar assisted suicide for those who do not suffer from any fatal disease. “The government has an obligation to protect life, not assist in promoting death,” Alliance Defending Freedom’s Vienna-based legal counsel Paul Coleman said in a statement. The legal group’s brief, submitted to the Grand Chamber of … [Read more...]