Bono thanks Vatican for helping with debt forgiveness

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2012 / 06:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The famous U2 vocalist Bono traveled to the Vatican Nov. 16 to thank the Church for its work to free the world's least developed countries from their foreign debt, enabling them to invest in education. On Friday, Bono spent nearly an hour speaking with Cardinal Peter K. Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, according to Vatican Radio. In 2000, the Church was an important backer of the “Drop the … [Read more...]

Conference counters threats to Catholic health care

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2012 / 01:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic health care providers and clergy are meeting in Rome this week to develop responses to the different ethical issues they are facing when they work with secular governments. “The importance of this conference is in showing how much the Church is involved in health care and it highlights the pitfalls and obstacles we have to overcome,” South African Cardinal Wilfred Napier of Durban, told CNA on Nov. 16. “But it … [Read more...]

Conference counters threats to Catholic health care

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2012 / 01:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic health care providers and clergy are meeting in Rome this week to develop responses to the different ethical issues they are facing when they work with secular governments. “The importance of this conference is in showing how much the Church is involved in health care and it highlights the pitfalls and obstacles we have to overcome,” South African Cardinal Wilfred Napier of Durban, told CNA on Nov. 16. “But it … [Read more...]

Pope asks young to heed Jesus’ missonary call

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2012 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In anticipation of next July’s World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Benedict XVI is challenging young Catholics to be courageous missionaries to their peers. “Dear young people, I would ask all of you to hear, in the depths of your heart, Jesus’ call to proclaim his Gospel,” the Pope said in a message issued Nov. 16. Over 4,000 words long, his message meditated on the theme of the next World Youth Day, … [Read more...]

Vatican to address abortions in Catholic hospitals

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During its upcoming conference, the Pontifical Council for Health Care will address the problem of abortion and other practices against Church teaching at some Catholic hospitals around the world. The president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, said the Nov. 15-17 gathering in Rome will discuss “the serious challenge of preserving the identity of Catholic hospitals.” He criticized the … [Read more...]

Vatican office unveils Faith Scroll for pilgrims

Rome, Italy, Nov 15, 2012 / 03:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of the Year of Faith, pilgrims to Rome can now share their thoughts about the gift of faith by writing them on a special scroll at the Vatican’s Pilgrim Office. “Since it's the Year of Faith people are going to live intense experiences of faith,” said the office’s director, Father Cesare Atuire, after the scroll’s Nov. 15 debut. “So we've decided to create this initiative whereby people … [Read more...]

Pope: World’s spiritual poverty heightens need for Christian unity

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2012 / 12:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians must not allow their divisions to keep them from working together to evangelize a world enduring a “crisis of faith,” Pope Benedict XVI told the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. The failure to do so, he said, “goes against the will of Christ, and is a scandal in the world.” The council, which is meeting Nov. 15 –19, will address the theme of “The Importance of … [Read more...]


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