Pope: Doomed migrants were looking for happiness

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2015 / 08:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis led a moment of prayerful silence on Sunday for the hundreds of migrants killed off the coast of Lampedusa, saying they were like us in their search for happiness.“They are men and women like us, our brothers who seek a better life: hungry, persecuted, wounded, exploited, victims of war,” the Pope said in off-the-cuff remarks. “They were looking for happiness.”The Pope was speaking during his … [Read more...]

Apostolic Blessing offered to those who mourn Cardinal George

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2015 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a telegram to Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago, the Holy Father offered his blessing to all those who mourn Cardinal Francis E. George.“To all who mourn the late Cardinal in the sure hope of the Resurrection, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of consolation and peace in the Lord,” Pope Francis said in the April 18 telegram, according to Vatican Radio.The Holy Father praised the late archbishop … [Read more...]

Will human trafficking make the list of sustainable development goals?

Rome, Italy, Apr 18, 2015 / 09:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A top ranking UK anti-slavery commissioner says that human trafficking is not just an issue to be talked about, but one the global community needs to forcefully commit to eradicating. For the United Kingdom’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland, the sustainable development goals being drafted for the close of 2015 “need to be clearer about modern slavery and human trafficking.” These goals, he told CNA … [Read more...]

Is a ‘springtime’ of leadership blooming for women in the Vatican?

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With more opportunities opening for women to take leadership roles in Vatican councils and congregations, women are filling the ranks of the Roman Curia on a historically unprecedented level. “I think we are at a point of seeing (a different model)…a springtime for new forms of leadership…in the Church,” Cardinal Peter Turkson said April 14. Cardinal Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to Cuba? It’s not official, but possible, Vatican says

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2015 / 03:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See Press Office confirmed today that Pope Francis is considering a possible stop in Cuba as part as his trip to United States, which is scheduled to take place in September.   “The Holy Father has taken into consideration the idea to stop in Cuba as part of his coming voyage to the United States,” an April 17 press release from the Vatican revealed. However, the release clarified that “contact with the … [Read more...]

How much time does it take to reform the Vatican? A lot

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Already two years into the reform process of the Roman Curia, progress might seem slow. But cardinals on the Pope's advisory council say efforts – which may soon include new “super” congregations – are moving forward at a normal pace. “Reform will take time,” stressed Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga April 15. Cardinal Maradiaga is part of the nine-member Council of Cardinal … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to honor Junipero Serra at American seminary in Rome

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2015 / 10:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Since Pope Francis won’t make it to California for the canonization of its great evangelizer, he will join a celebration at Rome’s American seminary to honor the soon-to-be saint and encourage devotion to him. The Pope will be the guest of honor at a May 2 day of prayer and reflection on the life of Bl. Junipero Serra, set to be held at the  Pontifical North American College, according to the program sent out with … [Read more...]