Euthanasia case heads to French high court

Paris, France, Jun 20, 2014 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An official with France’s highest court has said that a minimally conscious, severely injured man should be denied food and hydration, countering prior rulings that doing so would violate his right to life. Remi Keller, public rapporteur with France’s Council of State, issued a recommendation that Vincent Lambert, 39, had no hope of recovery or enjoying a positive effect from the food or hydration that is keeping him … [Read more...]

Salesians back humane solutions for asylum seekers in Italy

Rome, Italy, Jun 20, 2014 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Salesian groups in Italy launched an initiative Friday to coordinate their activities for immigrants, many of whom are refugees, both in Italy and in their home countries. The June 20 launch date marks World Refugee Day, established in 2000, which is meant to raise awareness about refugees throughout the world. The initiative of the Salesians' International Volunteering for Development and Salesians for Social Issues to … [Read more...]

Archbishop hopes Colombian president will work for peace

Rome, Italy, Jun 20, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Colombian bishop has said the country’s newly re-elected president, Juan Manuel Santos, has the difficult mission of confronting new violence amid continued security problems and guerrilla attacks. “I would ask the president to work first to define the issue of peace,” Archbishop Oscar Urbina Ortega of Villavicencio told CNA June 13 in Rome. “I think there has been a lot of progress, although we don't have … [Read more...]

Eucharist the ‘bread of love’, Pope says on Corpus Christi

Rome, Italy, Jun 19, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During Mass for the feast of Corpus Christi, Pope Francis exhorted the faithful to avoid the “false bread” of the world, and to remember that God’s food truly satisfies. “To live the experience of faith means to let the Lord nourish us and to build our existence not on material goods, but on the reality that does not perish: the gifts of God, his word and his body,” the Pope said in his June 19 homily during … [Read more...]

Polish communist’s reconciliation with Church hailed as joyous

Warsaw, Poland, Jun 19, 2014 / 12:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The recent funeral Mass said for Wojciech Jaruzelski, who was a Polish military commander and communist politician during the Cold War, has been received as an occasion for rejoicing. “What a very odd but beautiful thing, that the head of the government which was at war with the Church should in the end be reconciled with the Church. That's cause to ring the bells of glory, isn't it?” said Fr. Raymond Gawronski, a … [Read more...]

Pope’s Mexico visit meaningful for all Latin America, diplomat says

Rome, Italy, Jun 18, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA).- Mexico's ambassador to the Holy See says he is awaiting the announcement of the dates of a visit to the country by Pope Francis, after the Holy Father accepted an invitation from Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto. "For us, the Pope's visit would be a visit to Latin America,” Mariano Palacios Alcocer told CNA June 12 in an interview at Mexico's embassy to the Holy See. “At the same time, it would be an opportunity … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gaenswein: thread of diplomacy links Benedict, Francis

Rome, Italy, Jun 17, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview with CNA, the prefect of the Papal Household and personal secretary to Benedict XVI recounted how the current and emeritus Bishops of Rome are connected by their diplomacy during apostolic journeys. Archbishop Georg Gaenswein was at the June 5 conference “The Pope's journeys: between diplomacy and communication,” held at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, and noted what is common to Benedict … [Read more...]