Animated video on John Paul II aims to evangelize youth

Rome, Italy, May 14, 2014 / 11:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of the canonization of St. John Paul II, audiovisual resource page Catholic Link has created an animated video detailing the profound spiritual life of the saint with the hope of reaching youth. “With the video we try to tell people and share his life, but in a way that really emphasizes this central point…what the core, the nucleus of all of this was his relationship with Christ,” Garrett Johnson told CNA in a … [Read more...]

Catholic publishers see boost from interest in Pope Francis

Turin, Italy, May 14, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The “Francis effect” has invigorated Catholic publishing houses, and religious books are becoming less of a niche market, publishers at a recent international book fair in Italy have explained. This year’s Turin International Book Fair, held May 8-12, was the first instance in which the Holy See had been invited as a special guest to the event; its publisher set up a booth featuring a large St. Peter’s dome made … [Read more...]

Exorcism conference trains priests in ‘ministry of love’

Rome, Italy, May 13, 2014 / 08:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the ninth consecutive year, a group of experts met in Rome to train those interested in the ministry of exorcism – a rite hailed as a vital act of service in the Church today. Participant Father Maximus Urbanowicz, a missionary priest from the Orthodox Church of America, described the practice as “a ministry of love” and “compassion, which requires great faith and virtue in those that are ministering to  … [Read more...]

Critic says UN risks credibility with Catholic torture charges

Geneva, Switzerland, May 7, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Insinuations at a U.N. committee hearing that Catholic teaching against abortion may violate an international anti-torture convention has raised questions about the partiality of the body. “It is outrageous that the U.N. Committee against Torture would challenge the Catholic Church's religious commitment to the sanctity of life at every stage,” Ashley McGuire, an advisory board member for Catholic Voices USA, said … [Read more...]

Vatican doctrine head: LCWR has moved beyond Church, faith

Rome, Italy, May 6, 2014 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an address to the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Cardinal Gerhard Müller reaffirmed the necessity of reform of the conference, saying it has effectively moved beyond the Christian faith. “We believe the conclusions of the Doctrinal Assessment are accurate and the path of reform it lays before the LCWR remains necessary so that religious life might continue to flourish in the United States,” … [Read more...]

At UN panel, Holy See urges civil prosecution for torture

Geneva, Switzerland, May 6, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- All individuals who commit torture and abuse must face prosecution from legitimate government authorities, a Holy See delegation has told a U.N. committee on a global anti-torture convention. “The Holy See wishes to reiterate that the persons who live in a particular country are under the jurisdiction of the legitimate authorities of that country and are thus subject to the domestic law and the consequences contained … [Read more...]

Pope receives sculpture of newly canonized ‘Apostle of Brazil’

Madrid, Spain, May 5, 2014 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of La Laguna on the Spanish island of Tenerife has sent Pope Francis a bronze sculpture of St. Jose of Anchieta to celebrate the Jesuit saint’s recent canonization. Known as the “Apostle of Brazil,” St. Jose of Anchieta was born on Tenerife, which is part of the Canary Islands and is territory that belongs to Spain. The sculpture was created in 1980 by Spanish artist Enrique Cejas Zaldivar. Pope … [Read more...]