Fr Lombardi’s ‘Ten Commandments’ for Catholic communications

Rome, Italy, Dec 19, 2014 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “To communicate is to unify” is the first of the “Ten Words of Communication” that Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office, described in a lecture given Nov. 24 at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. Fr. Federico Lombardi was given an 'honoris causa' degree in social communication from the university, and in the lecture he held at ceremony he traced with passion the 25 years he … [Read more...]

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A ‘bullying’ move? UK midwife abortion ruling sparks outcry

London, England, Dec 18, 2014 / 05:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.K. Supreme Court has ruled that midwives in charge of delivery wards are not exempt from assisting in the procurement of abortions – prompting warnings that the decision will have significant consequences for medical personnel opposed to the procedure. “Today's decision sadly makes it likely that senior midwives who refuse to kill babies will be forced to leave the profession,” Paul Tully, general secretary … [Read more...]

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At Vienna conference, Holy See renews call for nuclear disarmament

Vienna, Dec 16, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a meeting on the impact of nuclear arms last week, the Holy See complained that institutions have not found the proper solution to address the nuclear arms issue, and praised the gathering as a new hope towards nuclear disarmament. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See's Permanent Observer at the UN office of Geneva, spoke Dec. 9 in Vienna at the Third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. It was the first of … [Read more...]

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‘Every five minutes, a Christian dies in the Middle East’

Madrid, Spain, Dec 12, 2014 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Gabriel Nadaf is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church. He lives in Nazareth and faces death threats for publicizing the state of Christians in the Middle East. Fr. Nadaf has a 24-hour security escort, the highest level of protection offered by Israeli authorities. However, during his recent trip to Spain, he told CNA that he is not afraid and has come “to make the voices of Christians in the East … [Read more...]

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The politics of Pope Francis: An anti-corruption, anti-ideology populism

London, England, Dec 9, 2014 / 10:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Most people “still don’t know how Pope Francis thinks,” says a longtime Catholic observer who believes the Pope’s approach to politics is an ordinary path that rejects both corruption and elite ideological obsessions isolated from real people. “What he hoped for was a government rooted in the values and priorities of ordinary folk,” British author Austen Ivereigh said of the Pope's time as … [Read more...]

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Protect us – One archbishop’s plea as Nigeria elections loom

Rome, Italy, Dec 4, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Nigeria's general elections draw near, the archbishop of the central city of Jos warned candidates not to put political agendas over people's safety and urged more rapid solutions to Boko Haram violence. “This is a time in Nigeria that calls for genuine, authentic patriotism, because the attacks seem to be ongoing and destruction and displacement seem to be becoming a regular phenomenon,” Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama … [Read more...]

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Turkish Muslims ‘deeply appreciated’ papal visit

Istanbul, Turkey, Dec 4, 2014 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' visit to Turkey was highly appreciated by Muslims because of the care and interest he demonstrated for them, and for his acknowledgement that not all Muslims are terrorists, a local scholar has said. “The Turkish people deeply appreciated the Pope’s visit,” Zeynet Cebeci Suvari, a Ph.D. candidate at Bogazici University, told CNA. “The message is clear: 'I care about you and that is why I … [Read more...]

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