Pope denounces ‘racist, xenophobic’ attitudes toward immigrants

Vatican City, Jul 15, 2014 / 04:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his message for the Mexico-Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development Pope Francis called for a change in the way migrants are viewed, giving particular emphasis to unaccompanied children. “Many people forced to emigrate suffer, and often, die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic … [Read more...]

Pope’s audience with elderly to explore vocation of old age

Vatican City, Jul 14, 2014 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Organizers for the first-ever audience to be held between a pope and the elderly population have revealed that a central reflection will be the active vocation of the aged in the Church and in society. “We have given 20 years of life to old people now (in Western countries), but 20 years to do what? This is the big question that this meeting wants to share with everyone,” Fr. Andrea Ciucci of the Pontifical Council for the … [Read more...]

Nigerian archbishop calls for government rescue of schoolgirls

Vatican City, Jul 14, 2014 / 05:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid government reports that the nearly 200 girls kidnapped in Chibok could be home soon, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called the country’s leaders to follow through with their promises. “At the conclusion of the National Council of States Meeting…there was news that it will just be a matter of time before the girls are released,” Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama told CNA July 11. “That is good news, … [Read more...]

Vatican dismisses Italian news report on papal interview

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2014 / 05:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican spokesperson said that the Pope’s words as reported in the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” cannot be considered with certainty to be Pope Francis’ actual words. Fr. Federico Lombardi of the Holy See Press Office questioned whether there is an “explicit acknowledgment” in the interview of “a manipulation of naive readers.” On July 13, “La Repubblica” published an … [Read more...]

Pope Francis prays for peace during Angelus

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2014 / 07:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis prayed for peace in the Holy Land on Sunday, asking participants to join him in a moment of silent prayer. “I extend a heartfelt appeal to all of you to continue to pray earnestly for peace in the Holy Land, in light of the tragic events of recent days,” the Roman Pontiff said after his July 13 weekly Angelus address. Recalling the June 8 invocation for peace with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents, the … [Read more...]

Vatican media committee appointed to bring Church into digital era

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The appointment of a committee to propose reforms for the Vatican media raises expectations for a substantial renewal of the Vatican media branch, bringing it ever more toward the digital age. The 11 people appointed for the committee are entrusted with drafting a reform plan within the next months, with the goal of adapting Holy See media to changing media consumption trends, enhancing coordination, and achieving substantial financial … [Read more...]

Caritas leader: ‘The whole Middle East is at stake’

Vatican City, Jul 11, 2014 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The secretary-general for Caritas International has voiced his concern over the lack of aid being provided to those suffering from conflicts, urging the faithful to get involved and break the “cycle of indifference.” “It’s difficult to raise funds for the whole Middle East. For Syria there’s a lot to be done inside and outside with refugees, what is happening right now with Israel and Palestine again, will … [Read more...]