Pope says economy must fight ‘throwaway culture’

Rome, Italy, Jul 15, 2014 / 10:58 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis had lunch with participants in an international economics seminar on Saturday, saying their efforts to bring the human being to the very center of the economy avoids a “throwaway culture.”   The Pope addressed reductionist views of mankind, saying that “this is the strongest time of anthropological reductionism.”   “It happens to man what happens to wine when it is transformed into brandy: it … [Read more...]

Bishop calls for united prayer to stop UK euthanasia bill

Portsmouth, England, Jul 15, 2014 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Warning that a proposed euthanasia bill for parts of the U.K. would mark the “catastrophic collapse” of respect for life, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, is urging a day of united prayer against it. Bishop Egan asked Catholics to pray a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration on Thursday, July 17, the day before the bill’s second reading in the House of Lords. “(P)lease pray that Parliament will … [Read more...]

Berlin cardinal transferred to Germany’s largest archdiocese

Cologne, Germany, Jul 15, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has been appointed Archbishop of Cologne, the Vatican announced July 11. The Cologne archdiocese has some 2 million faithful, the largest number of Catholics in any German diocese. Its territory covers a significant part of the industrial Ruhr region and includes the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Bonn.   Cardinal Woelki replaces Cardinal Joachim Meisner, who resigned Feb. 28 upon reaching … [Read more...]

Vatican appoints advisor for the Legion of Christ

Rome, Italy, Jul 14, 2014 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The appointment of Father Gianfranco Ghirlanda, S.J., as pontifical advisor for the Legion of Christ aims to advance the renewal and reform of the troubled religious congregation. Fr. Benjamin Clariond, a Legion of Christ spokesperson, said the advisor’s presence guarantees help and oversight for the Legion “in following through on the path we already started.”   Fr. Clariond told CNA July 4 that rebuilding … [Read more...]

Major Catholic global event sets sights on ‘peripheries’

Rome, Italy, Jul 10, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Italy's upcoming “Meeting of Friendship among People” organized by the ecclesiastical movement Communion and Liberation has set its sights on the “peripheries” spoken of by Pope Francis.   The event has taken place in the Italian city of Rimini every year since 1980 and often attracts international interest because of the prominence and quality of its participants.   The theme of the 2014 gathering … [Read more...]

Vatican official praises Sr Cristina for going to ‘peripheries’

Rome, Italy, Jul 9, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest at the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization has said Sister Cristina Scuccia, who recently won The Voice Italy, is an example of how the Church must go out to the existential peripheries. "What Sister Cristina has done can be considered going out to the peripheries, because she has gone to a different stage to bear witness to her choice of life, and in this sense I think she has hit the target," Father Alejandro … [Read more...]

All of us need rehabilitation, Pope Francis reminds prisoners

Isernia, Italy, Jul 5, 2014 / 01:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a visit Saturday with the imprisoned in the Italian city of Isernia, Pope Francis stated the need of every human person for rehabilitation, and conversion to God. “To walk the way of rehabilitation, this is something we all need to do. All. We all make mistakes in life. And all of us must ask forgiveness for these mistakes and make a journey of rehabilitation, to not make any more,” the Pope said July 5 at Isernia's … [Read more...]