Hate-speech laws a ‘tool of totalitarianism,’ lawyer warns

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2014 / 06:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent event discussing the origin and implementation of European hate-speech laws, lawyers argued that the “ill-conceived” laws pose a danger to free speech and often stifle constructive dialogue. “While human rights provisions are meant to limit the reach of the state and empower citizens, hate speech laws do just the opposite – and that is why they are a tool of totalitarianism and not free … [Read more...]

Vatican bank releases balance sheet, continues reform

Vatican City, Jul 8, 2014 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Institute for the Works of Religion, or “Vatican bank”, published its 2013 financial statement Tuesday, concluding the first step of an ongoing reform to improve financial transparency at the Vatican. “As set out in May 2013, we have focused on making the IOR compliant with financial regulation, safer and more transparent, so as to create options for the Holy Father to decide on the future of the Institute,” … [Read more...]

Korean celebrities create music video ahead of Pope’s visit

Vatican City, Jul 8, 2014 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 20 Korean celebrities have come together in making a music video honoring Pope Francis’ upcoming visit, and is an initiative they hope will help to overcome religious differences. “I thought that if we united in praying for others (through this song), it would be the most beautiful flower bouquet that we could give to the pope when he arrives,” actor Ahn Sung-ki, who organized the event, stated in a July 7 news … [Read more...]

Calabrian police take stand against mafia following Pope’s visit

Vatican City, Jul 8, 2014 / 08:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two weeks after Pope Francis’ harsh condemnation of mafia corruption in the Italian region of Calabria, police abandoned a Marian procession which paused to bow in front of the house of a mafia leader. According to Italian news agency ANSA, anti-mafia activists in southern Calabria have officially opened an investigation regarding a July 2 procession in the town of Oppido Mamertina carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary. While in … [Read more...]

Pope Francis begs forgiveness from clergy abuse victims

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2014 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis, in his first Vatican meeting with sex abuse victims, asked forgiveness for the Church’s sins of omissions in sex abuse scandals and denounced sex abuse by clergy as “execrable acts.”   The meeting took place July 7 at the Pope’s Casa Santa Marta residence. Six sex abuse victims attended: three men and three women. Two were Irish, two were British and two were German.   They arrived in Rome … [Read more...]

Maria Goretti’s greatest witness is forgiveness, priest observes

Nettuno, Italy, Jul 7, 2014 / 06:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following St. Maria Goretti’s feast day, the rector of the basilica where her body resides stated that her willingness to forgive is her most prominent testimony, and that her virtue is an example for family life. Maria’s greatest witness is forgiveness, Fr. Giovanni Alberti told CNA July 7. "Many people come saying I left to forgive, with the example of Maria Goretti. These people that are leaving, go with a great … [Read more...]

Pope: Christ’s call, ‘come to me’, addressed to each person

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2014 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At his Angelus address Sunday, Pope Francis noted that Christ's invitation, “come unto me, all you who are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest,” is given to each and every person, through all time. “When Jesus says this, he has before his eyes the people he encountered everyday in the streets of Galilee: many simple people, the poor, the sick, sinners, the marginalized … This people always flocked to hear … [Read more...]


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