Pope Francis lauds testimony of working mothers

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2014 / 04:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his one-day trip to Molise Pope Francis met with personnel of the region’s university, urging them to find creative solutions to unemployment, and thanked working mothers for their example. “Another challenge was voiced by this good working mother, who also spoke on behalf of her family: her husband, her young child and the baby in her womb,” Pope Francis observed in his July 5 address to students and staff of the … [Read more...]

Cardinals’ council focused on Pontifical Councils for laity, family

Vatican City, Jul 4, 2014 / 09:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday, the final day of the meeting of the Council of Cardinals, the group set their sights on the Pontifical Councils for the laity and the family, with a special mention of the potential inclusion of laity in those councils' tasks. According to Fr. Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office, the council of cardinals on July 4 “resumed its reflections on the dicasteries of the curia. The Pontifical Councils for laity … [Read more...]

New wave of violence takes on human face, priest in Israel says

Vatican City, Jul 4, 2014 / 08:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Latin Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem has decried the new eruption of violence in Israel and Palestine following the murder of 4 teens, stating that it can only be ended by humanizing the other side. “This cycle of violence is always hovering over us but this particular episode brings it home in a horrific way because suddenly it took on real humanity,” Fr. David Neuhaus, S.J., told CNA July 2 in reference to the recent … [Read more...]

Pope Francis names new bishop to Fall River diocese

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2014 / 07:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was announced by the Vatican earlier today that Pope Francis has tapped Bishop Edgar Moreira da Cunha, S.D.V., auxiliary for Newark, N.J., to lead the diocese of Fall River, Mass. “Today, with a mixture of great joy and sadness, I congratulate Bishop Edgar da Cunha on his appointment as Bishop of Fall River,” Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark said in a July 3 statement. “I am confident that the priests, religious … [Read more...]

Catholic aid organizations scramble to meet Iraqi needs

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2014 / 04:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a tumultuous Iraq facing an increasingly uncertain future, Catholic charity organizations are rallying to meet the immediate needs of those afflicted by ongoing violence. “Movement is pretty limited, so all numbers and information we get is anecdotal,” Kris Ozar, correspondent for Caritas Egypt, an international relief agency of the Church, told CNA June 30. “The one thing that’s certain and that I’m … [Read more...]

Cardinals council zeroes-in on Vatican management, finances

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the second of four days of meetings, the council of eight cardinals discussed the management of the Vatican State and of the Curia, including the so-called “Vatican Bank,” whose process of reform is ongoing. Pope Francis, along with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, is involved in the meetings with the group of cardinals who he selected last year to help in Church reform efforts. The Pope was present at … [Read more...]

Revenge only perpetuates violence, Jerusalem bishop observes

Vatican City, Jul 2, 2014 / 02:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of escalating tensions between Israel and Palestine following the murder of three Israeli teens, Bishop William Shomali has encouraged leaders to work for reconciliation rather than retaliation. “We are against the killing of these three young Israeli men. It’s a homicide, it’s a crime against humanity,” the bishop said in comments made to CNA July 2. “But at the same time we should also look at … [Read more...]