Benedict’s brother says former Pope does not regret resigning

Rome, Italy, Feb 12, 2014 / 03:09 pm (CNA).- In a recent interview, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger said his brother, retired Pope Benedict XVI, believes he made the right decision in stepping down from the papacy last year due to a lack of physical strength. “My brother does not regret at all the decision he made one year ago,” Msgr. Ratzinger said in the book-interview, “My Brother, The Pope,” by German reporter Michael Hesemann. “He very clearly understands the … [Read more...]

An anti-Photoshop revolution? A new take on real beauty

Rome, Italy, Feb 12, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ashley Crouch is the PR manager and contributing editor of a new women's fashion magazine with a much talked about policy: no digital alterations to models' real appearances allowed. “Whereas other magazines Photoshop to achieve the 'ideal' body type or leave a maximum of three wrinkles, we never alter the body or face structure of our models with Photoshop,” reads the description on Verily magazine's … [Read more...]

Courage head sees Christ in Pope’s ‘non-judgment’ remarks

Rome, Italy, Feb 11, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As many look for signs of change in Pope Francis' comments on people with same-sex attraction, the leader of a ministry for those with homosexual inclinations instead believes the Pope's words hearken back to Christ himself. “I don't think there's any reason to believe that anything our Holy Father is saying now is inconsistent with 2000 years of Church teaching, so I would hope people could be at peace and at rest … [Read more...]

Pope’s Harley, leather jacket auctioned for over $350,000

Rome, Italy, Feb 6, 2014 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Feb. 6, Pope Francis’ autographed Harley Davidson motorcycle and leather jacket were auctioned in France, bringing in more than $350,000 for a local charity in Rome. Presented to the Pope last June when Rome hosted the 110th anniversary celebration of the iconic American motorcycle, the Harley Davidson autographed by the pontiff was auctioned off at 210,000 euros – $284,000 – plus fees, which is nearly 15 times its … [Read more...]

Legionaries of Christ elect new leaders, issue apology

Rome, Italy, Feb 6, 2014 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Legionaries of Christ revealed the names of their new general council on Feb. 6, also issuing a formal apology to those hurt by the immoral actions of their founder. The announcement of the new superiors comes in wake of the Legionaries’ first General Chapter meeting, which began on Jan. 9, and was mandated by Benedict XVI in wake of the revelation of the double-life led by the congregation’s founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel, … [Read more...]

Four-year-old asks Belgian king to block euthanasia of children

Montreal, Canada, Feb 5, 2014 / 01:59 pm (CNA).- As Belgium legislators move forward with a proposed law to allow euthanasia for children, a 4-year-old girl from Canada is asking the King of Belgium to refuse to sign the legislation. “Please do not sign the Euthanasia Law, for the sake of the children,” Jessica Saba says in a video posted to YouTube Feb. 1. Within four days, the video has received more than 12,000 views. Saba was born in Montreal in May 2009 with a severe heart … [Read more...]

Scottish Church ‘disappointed’ in legalization of gay marriage

Edinburgh, Scotland, Feb 5, 2014 / 08:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a statement released on behalf of the Catholic Church in Scotland, officials lamented parliament’s decision to allow same-sex “marriages,” and affirmed that their position remains unchanged. “While the Catholic Bishops of Scotland are disappointed in the decision of the Scottish Parliament it does not change the Church's understanding of or our commitment to the Sacrament of marriage,” a … [Read more...]