Vatican calls on Boko Haram to release kidnapped schoolgirls

Vatican City, May 8, 2014 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a May 8 statement, the Holy See condemned all gross violations of human rights, calling for an end to terrorism and a safe return for a group of more than 200 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls. “The denial of any kind of respect for life and for the dignity of the human person, even the most innocent, vulnerable and defenseless, calls for the strongest condemnation,” said Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See press … [Read more...]

Vatican congregation approves miracle attributed to Paul VI

Vatican City, May 8, 2014 / 12:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The beatification cause of Pope Paul VI has advanced with the Congregation for the Causes of Saints giving unanimous approval to an unborn child’s miraculous healing attributed to his intercession. According to Vatican Insider, Pope Francis is expected to publish a decree soon that recognizes the miracle and officially sets a beatification date. The attributed miracle took place in the 1990s in California. The then-unborn child … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: grace is more important than bureaucracy

Vatican City, May 8, 2014 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on attitudes necessary to evangelize, emphasizing the need to leave room for the grace of God instead of putting our own bureaucratic obstacles in the way. “Grace: Grace is more important than all the bureaucracy…Remember this” the Pope insisted in his May 8 daily homily. Addressing to those present for his Mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse, the pontiff began … [Read more...]

China’s youngest detainee decries torture of father

Vatican City, May 8, 2014 / 04:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Dubbed as “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience,” Zhang Anni and her sister Ruli have voiced their opposition to the government’s vicious treatment of their father, who resists the communist party. In her first interview given in English, Anni told CNA May 5 that if she could say something to the Chinese government, “(I would say) to release our father, because he didn’t do anything … [Read more...]

Former Vatican ambassador faced sexual harassment claim

Vatican City, May 8, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A University of Dayton investigation in 2013 found “reasonable cause” to believe that former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Miguel Diaz sexually harassed a married couple while a professor there. The academic news website Inside Higher Ed first reported the allegations against Diaz. It published two confidential letters from the University of Dayton's provost and its general counsel to the two alleged victims, who are … [Read more...]

Jewish and Muslim leaders to join Pope’s Holy Land trip

Vatican City, May 8, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A rabbi and a sheikh, both of whom are friends of Jorge Bergoglio from Buenos Aires, will be accompanying him on his pilgrimage to Jordan, Palestine, and Israel later this month. Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud, who have been participants in interreligious dialogue with the Pope, will both join the May 24-26 trip, marking the first time that a rabbi and a Muslim dignitary will have done so. The pilgrimage will focus on the encounter … [Read more...]

Evangelize to heal wounds, Pope encourages Burundi bishops

Vatican City, May 7, 2014 / 02:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis encouraged the bishops of Burundi to engage with civil society and proclaim the Gospel in order to promote justice and reconciliation in the fragile society. “I can only encourage you to take your whole place – as you are already doing – in the social and political dialogue, and to encounter the government without hesitation,” the Pope said May 5 at the Vatican. “Persons in positions of … [Read more...]