Migration policies must respect families, European bishops say

Valletta, Malta, Dec 10, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Care for persons and families should be at the forefront of policies regarding migrants and refugees, the European bishops said in a recent meeting. “The European policy and the policy of the individual Member States can only be based on respect for the individuals, and the recognition of the value and importance of the family,” they said in a concluding statement of a Dec. 2-4 meeting held in Malta. Representatives of … [Read more...]

Children at ‘Pope’s Hospital’ counting down to Pontiff’s Christmas visit

Rome, Italy, Dec 8, 2013 / 08:02 am (CNA).- The children at the Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital in Rome – known locally as the “Pope's Hospital” – are enthusiastic about Pope Francis' Christmas visit, scheduled for December 21. In statements to CNA, the president of the hospital, Giuseppe Profiti, said news of the visit has been “joyfully welcomed by the personnel and has spread quickly among the young patients and their families as well.” The … [Read more...]

Reforms aim to show ‘true face of the Church,’ says Vatican official

Rome, Italy, Dec 7, 2013 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ style and ongoing reforms are intended to encourage Catholics to be more missionary, in order to bring the Gospel to all people, said Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State. “It’s very easy to work with Pope Bergoglio. There is a lot of agreement, and this is great hope for the future,” Archbishop Parolin said. He emphasized the Holy Father's desire for reforms that “show … [Read more...]

Legion of Christ reaffirms commitment to addressing sex abuse

Rome, Italy, Dec 5, 2013 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The acting general director of the Legion of Christ has shared the steps the order has taken to prevent sexual abuse and to respond to its allegations, focusing on the gravity of abuse and its victims' suffering. “When we confront the reality of sexual abuse, it is helpful to keep certain complementary values in mind: compassion and solidarity with the victims, the responsibility to protect people who are under our pastoral care, … [Read more...]

English bishops aim to harvest fruits from Year of Faith

London, England, Dec 4, 2013 / 02:22 am (CNA).- Two Catholic bishops in England – Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury and Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth – have written to their flocks announcing plans to continue deepening the experience of the recently concluded Year of Faith. “The celebration of this Year of Faith has surely invited us all to raise our own voices calmly and clearly in a renewed profession of our faith,” Bishop Davies wrote in a pastoral letter marking … [Read more...]

Catholic refugees in Balkans deserve justice, bishop says

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dec 4, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A bishop in Bosnia-Herzegovina says that Catholic refugees from the Yugoslav wars conducted in the 1990s continue to suffer and face barriers to their return home. “Croatian Catholics must finally be put on an equal footing with the other two ethnic groups,” Bishop Franjo Komarica of Banja Luka told the charity Aid to the Church in Need Nov. 29. “They must be allowed to return from abroad and … [Read more...]

Francis and Benedict linked in call for joyful priests

Rome, Italy, Dec 3, 2013 / 10:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a presentation of a work by Benedict XVI on the priesthood, the head of the Vatican's doctrine office said that both Benedict and Pope Francis share a view on priestly vocation and the crisis it faces. Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told CNA in a recent interview that the teachings of Benedict XVI and Pope Francis on priesthood are “linked.” The archbishop, who … [Read more...]


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