Encyclopedia acknowledges fetal pain as a scientific fact

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2014 / 04:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new chapter published by Dr. Carlo Bellieni in a prestigious German encyclopedia explores the topic of fetal pain, stating that it is a proven fact that the unborn are able to feel pain, even as early as 20 weeks. “Fetuses can feel pain. Now we should define it better, but it is a scientific matter of fact,” Dr. Bellini explained in a Feb. 14 interview with CNA. “We still do not know the exact moment since when the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Parolin: Vatican Secretary of State, soon cardinal

Vatican City, Feb 17, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, who will be made a cardinal Feb. 22, said in a recent interview he is “deeply identified” with Pope Francis’ style of governance. “The Secretariat of State … must assume a cordial and complete availability to the pastoral conversion proposed by Pope Francis,” Archbishop Parolin told Stefania Falasca of Avvenire, the daily of the … [Read more...]

Gossip is poisonous, insists Pope

Vatican City, Feb 16, 2014 / 06:21 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus message emphasized the importance of avoiding all forms of slander in living a Christian life. “It’s so rotten, gossip. At the beginning, it seems to be something enjoyable and fun, like a piece of candy.  But at the end, it fills the heart with bitterness and also poisons us,” Pope Francis said Feb. 16. “I tell you the truth,” he preached to the crowds filling St. … [Read more...]

Pope Francis meets with Cypriot president

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2014 / 09:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis held an audience Feb. 15 with Nicos Anastasiades, president of Cyprus, at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, discussing religious freedom and a resolution to the current split of the island nation between Greeks and Turks. A statement released by the Holy See press office described the meeting as characterized by “cordial discussions which highlighted the good relations between the Holy See and the Republic of … [Read more...]

Archbishop Stella, the ‘big-hearted’ cardinal-designate

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2014 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Beniamino Stella’s career is characterized by his belief that a Vatican diplomat must have a strong priestly identity, which may well be why Pope Francis has appointed him to a cardinal’s post. Appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy last September – a post that customarily brings with it the cardinalate -- Archbishop Stella,72, will receive the red hat at a consistory to be held Feb. … [Read more...]

Possible move in Vatican finance could signal return to Italian sway

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2014 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Earlier this week reports of a potential new president of the “Vatican bank” were leaked to Italian media, suggesting the possibility of a greater Italian influence in Vatican finances. “Italia Oggi,” a Milan-based daily specializing in politics, economics, and law, wrote Feb. 11 that Carlo Salvatori could soon be chosen as the new president of the board of directors of the Institute for Religious Works. The … [Read more...]

A stationary Christian has a sickness of identity, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2014 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis addressed the identity of a Christian, saying that the faithful must “go out” and “walk” as disciples that are astute and who announce the Gospel with joy. “You cannot think of a stationary Christian: a Christian that remains stationary is sick, in their Christian identity, has some illness in his identity. The Christian is a disciple to walk, to move,” the Pope … [Read more...]