Weapons, low funding hinder Middle East humanitarian aid

Rome, Italy, Sep 20, 2014 / 07:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Foreign weapons and a lack of funding are among the serious challenges facing humanitarian response efforts in the Middle East, said participants at a recent conference in Rome. Leaders of the Caritas Internationalis family met Sept. 15-17 to address the escalating crises throughout the Middle East and discuss a coordinated regional and international response. According to Caritas Internationalis secretary general Michel Roy, the … [Read more...]

The liturgical reform, as seen by one of its protagonists

Rome, Italy, Sep 19, 2014 / 08:18 pm (CNA).- The newly published memoirs of Fr. Louis Bouyer, who was intimately involved in the reform of the Roman liturgy following Vatican II, reveal some of the relevant committee's doings, a prominent vaticanista has noted. “Being called to serve on one of the preparatory commissions for Vatican II, Bouyer immediately realized from his own experience its greatness and its wretchedness, and soon pulled back from it,” wrote Sandro Magister … [Read more...]

Martyrs’ memory to be a focus of Pope’s visit to Albania

Tirana, Albania, Sep 19, 2014 / 06:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Focused on the memory of the martyrs, Pope Francis’ one-day journey to Albania is aimed at restoring the link between the country and its Catholic roots, which had been disturbed as secularization has advanced there. Pope Francis will visit Albania Sept. 21, with the theme of “Together with God, toward the hope that does not disappoint.” The trip's logo represents a Christian people rising from the blood of … [Read more...]

Scottish bishops encourage cooperation, involvement in wake of vote

Glasgow, Scotland, Sep 19, 2014 / 01:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a historic vote in which Scotland rejected independence from the U.K., the Bishop’s Conference of Scotland recognized the decision and applauded the country’s strong participation in public debate. “The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland recognises and respects the result of the Scottish referendum, that Scotland should remain a part of the United Kingdom, and commends all those who participated in … [Read more...]

Priest hopes papal visit will nurture fledgling Albanian Church

Tirana, Albania, Sep 19, 2014 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Albania could encourage the leaders of the Catholic Church in a nation with a long history of religious persecution and political domination, said a priest in the country. Father Don Carlo Lorenzo Rossetti, a Fidei donum priest from the Diocese of Rome, has been based in Albania since 2003. In a Sept. 17 interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Fr. Rossetti said that despite significant challenges … [Read more...]

Spanish youth call on government to keep pro-life promises

Madrid, Spain, Sep 18, 2014 / 09:29 pm (CNA).- A pro-life youth organization in Spain is asking the government to move forward with its reform of the country’s abortion laws, saying young people will oppose the party if it does not keep it’s pro-life pledges. Alvaro Ortega, president of the pro-life youth group +Vida, warned Spanish president Mariano Rajoy that if his government does not keep its promise to reform the country’s abortion law in order to grant protection to … [Read more...]

Meeting of Families document offers global perspective

Rome, Italy, Sep 16, 2014 / 04:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The preparatory catechesis document for the 2015 World Meeting of Families is a “wonderful” work that addresses Catholic family issues from a global context, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said. “It covers all the basic issues – the problems as well as the joys of family life – and situates it in the context of the culture of the world, not just the United States because it’s a world … [Read more...]