Is there an end in sight to centuries-old sectarian divisions in Scotland?

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2015 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following an ecumenical meeting with Pope Francis on Monday, the moderator of the Church of Scotland said the gathering  was significant, and could signal the end of its tensions with the Catholic Church. The Church of Scotland is an ecclesial community in the Calvinist and Presbyterian tradition. As its moderator, John Chalmers serves as the ecclesial community's official representative. “Scotland too has suffered in … [Read more...]

Be humble ‘from head to toe,’ Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2013 / 09:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said people must to admit their sins like Saint Paul and not just their good deeds during his daily morning Mass. “We have to be humble, but with real humility, from head to toe,” said Pope Francis June 14. “If we only pride ourselves on our service record and nothing more, we end up going wrong,” said Pope Francis. He made his comments in his homily for morning Mass in the chapel of Saint … [Read more...]

Pope, Anglican archbishop: unity begins with common love of God

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2013 / 08:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and Pope Francis met for the first time and issued a joint call for unity, rooted in the love of God. “I know that during Your Grace’s installation in Canterbury Cathedral you remembered in prayer the new Bishop of Rome. I am deeply grateful to you – and since we began our respective ministries within days of each other, I think we will always have a particular reason to … [Read more...]

Drone use prompts Catholic call for greater caution

Washington D.C., Jun 14, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders and academics have outlined the need for greater public discussion on the American policy of using drones to kill terrorists, saying it shouldn't be done “uncritically.” “I think it needs to be worked through and thought about...and I do think that we're rushing into drone technological warfare very rapidly, and certainly without public debate,” said Dr. Christian Brugger, a professor … [Read more...]

Democrat-leaning group lashes out at CCHD grant scrutiny

Washington D.C., Jun 14, 2013 / 02:15 am (CNA).- An influential Democrat-leaning communications strategy group has targeted critics of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, claiming it is “Catholic McCarthyism” to bar funds to groups allied with backers of abortion and “gay marriage.”The report, “Be Not Afraid?”, by Faith in Public Life’s Catholic program director John Gehring, contends that increased scrutiny for recipients of the development … [Read more...]

Newly-professed sisters celebrated as ‘sign of hope’

Brooklyn, N.Y., Jun 14, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Brooklyn Mass where six Little Sisters of the Poor made their first vows, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan emphasized all the good that the order does for elderly poor around the world. “Our six soon-to-be professed Little Sisters of the Poor, what a joy you are, what a gift you are, what an inspiration you are, what a sign of hope you are,” the archbishop of New York said June 1, the feast of the Sacred Heart of … [Read more...]

Global religious freedom law is ineffective, panel says

Washington D.C., Jun 13, 2013 / 05:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking before a congressional subcommittee, religious liberty experts warned that a U.S. law passed 15 years ago to promote international religious freedom needs stronger enforcement.“This hearing is important because religious freedom is important: it is a pivotal human right that is both central to U.S. History and heritage and affirmed by international treaties and obligations,” said Dr. Katrina Lantos … [Read more...]