Pope Francis is a ‘son of the Church’ on pro-life issues

Rome, Italy, Sep 4, 2014 / 04:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has drawn praise for his firm pro-life stance as well as his approach to the topic – which goes to the heart of the issue and teaches the Church how to truly embrace humanity. “I believe he has a very integral approach to teaching the faith. In other words, anything that we teach as a Church he adheres to 1,000 percent. Like he said, 'I am a son of the Church,'” pro-life activist Father Frank Pavone … [Read more...]

Scottish bishops encourage voting in independence referendum

Edinburgh, Scotland, Sep 4, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Multiple Scottish bishops have appealed to Catholics to vote in the Sept. 18 referendum which will decide whether or not Scotland will become independent of the United Kingdom. “Along with the Bishops of Scotland, who are deeply conscious of the importance of this referendum, I encourage and urge all those eligible to vote to do so with complete freedom of choice and in accordance with their prayerful judgment of what is best … [Read more...]

Italian bishops support priest threatened by mafia

Rome, Italy, Sep 3, 2014 / 11:59 am (CNA).- Responding to threats on the life of an anti-mafia priest, the Italian bishop’s conference issued a letter offering support and calling for an end to corruption and injustice. “The Italian Church, which in recent years has not failed to make heard it's voice educating to legality, confirms it's closeness to and its esteem for Fr. Luigi in a time when he has been made the subject of gratuitous intimidations,” the Sept. 1 … [Read more...]

Caritas launches powerful animated short to fight global hunger

Rome, Italy, Sep 3, 2014 / 05:26 am (CNA).- Global Catholic relief agency Caritas Internationalis has launched a new video aimed at promoting awareness about the need to help one another in the fight against worldwide hunger. Released Sept. 1, the film is part of Caritas' “One Human Family, Food for All” project, a global initiative which aims to end world hunger over the next decade. The animated video does not contain any dialogue, but depicts several emaciated persons as … [Read more...]

Nuncio: We owe Ukraine more than a salvage operation

Kyiv, Ukraine, Sep 3, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Ukraine's crisis continues to escalate, the nation's apostolic nuncio stressed that its people deserve more than after-the-fact aid and should be allowed to live in peace, without the threat of outside aggressors. Archbishop Thomas Gullickson, a native of Sioux Falls, has served as apostolic nuncio to Ukraine since 2011. In a recent interview with Vatican Radio, he voiced concern for the life of the Church in Ukraine, … [Read more...]

Cardinal Pell to celebrate Mass for new English school

London, England, Sep 3, 2014 / 12:00 am (CNA).- The School of the Annunciation, which prepares students for the new evangelization in England and Wales, will mark its official foundation on Sept. 8 with Mass celebrated by Australia’s Cardinal George Pell.Cardinal Pell’s visit follows an “unexpectedly large number of applications” for the school’s two-year program, the school said Sept. 1.The school’s director of studies, Caroline Farey said that the … [Read more...]

Terror recruitment linked to Europe failing its young people

Rimini, Italy, Sep 2, 2014 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As reports continue to emerge on Muslims born and raised in Europe being recruited by the Islamic State, the continent has been urged to reflect on how it has failed to transmit an authentic meaning of life to its youth. “Europe should ask itself why it has failed to be able to teach these young people to organize their life in order to build something positive in Europe, instead of wasting their lives through violence and … [Read more...]