Vatican: UN oversteps its boundaries in report conclusions

Vatican City, Feb 7, 2014 / 08:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a statement released by the Vatican, Fr. Federico Lombardi criticized the U.N. child protection committee for its tone and “lack of desire” to recognize the Holy See’s efforts in protecting children. “(T)he Committee’s comments in several directions seem to go beyond its powers and to interfere in the very moral and doctrinal positions of the Catholic Church,” the Vatican spokesman observed in his … [Read more...]

Pope in WYD message: poverty leads us to true happiness

Vatican City, Feb 7, 2014 / 04:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his message for the 29th World Youth Day, Pope Francis draws his theme from the beatitude on poverty, emphasizing that it teaches us joy, as well as the proper attitude to have towards those who are poor. “To be blessed means to be happy. Tell me: Do you really want to be happy?” the Pope asked in his Feb. 6 message for the 29th World Youth Day, which takes place this Palm Sunday, on April 13. “In an age when we … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput among those appointed to Vatican laity council

Vatican City, Feb 7, 2014 / 02:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity Feb. 6, including one American – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. Archbishop Chaput is also the only bishop appointed to the council who is not a cardinal, although one other appointee, Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro, is a cardinal-designate who will be given the red hat at the Feb. 22 consistory. The Pontifical Council for the Laity … [Read more...]

Pope urges faithful to pray for the grace of dying in hope

Vatican City, Feb 6, 2014 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis reflected on the moment of our death, remarking on the beauty of dying in unity with the Church and inviting the faithful to reflect on what legacy they will leave behind. “Trusting God begins now, in the small things in life, but also in great problems: always trusting the Lord! And so one makes this habit of trusting in the Lord and hope grows. To die at home, to die in hope,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

Women’s rights activist among ‘Top 10′ of Vatican magazine

Vatican City, Feb 6, 2014 / 03:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reggie Littlejohn, known for her work opposing forced abortion and gendercide in China, has been named as one of “Inside the Vatican’s” “Top 10 People of 2013” for her heroic efforts in helping women. “This honor came as a complete shock to me.  I did not even know that I was being considered for this,” Littlejohn told CNA in a Feb. 5 interview, adding that “It’s a bit … [Read more...]

UN versus Holy See on human sexuality, gender theory

Vatican City, Feb 6, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More than an indictment of the Church’s handling of child sex abuse, the report of the U.N. child rights committee on the Holy See seems meant to pressure the Church to change its teaching on human sexuality. The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child issues periodic reports on the implementation of the organization's Convention on the Rights of the Child in signatory countries. On Wednesday it made available its Jan. 31 … [Read more...]

Vatican official slams ‘negative approach’ of UN report

Vatican City, Feb 5, 2014 / 11:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of the U.N. Child Protection Committee criticizing Vatican policies and calling for the Church to change its doctrine, a leading archbishop countered that the committee's analysis fails to be objective. “The concluding recommendations…point out a rather negative approach to what the Holy See has been doing and has already achieved in the area of the protection of children,” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told … [Read more...]