Doctor warns of ‘utilitarian’ anthropology in care of elderly

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2013 / 05:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a conference for health care workers, a Swiss doctor spoke of the world’s increasing elderly population, noting the importance of upholding human dignity in the treatment of common diseases."With that view, the utilitarian view, we drive inevitably in that direction…but it's not a sustainable solution. The sustainable solution comes from a different anthropologic view," Dr. Christoph von Ritter told CNA … [Read more...]

New Catholics remind us to take faith seriously, archbishop notes

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on the end of the Year of Faith, a Vatican official says the witness of those joining the Church under difficult circumstances should prompt others to commit more fully to their faith.Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the head of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, reflected that catechumens, “prior to receiving baptism...have had a long journey to make, but they are animated by a desire to become part of the … [Read more...]

Pope’s words in interview may not have been his own, Scalfari says

Vatican City, Nov 21, 2013 / 05:39 pm (CNA).- Editor Eugenio Scalfari has conceded it is “really possible” that some of the Pope's words he reported in the interview published in La Repubblica Oct. 1 “were not shared by the Pope himself.”Last month's interview led to several criticisms of Pope Francis, notably Scalfari quoting the Pope saying of conscience that “everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil … [Read more...]

Pope to Filipino community: pray with a child’s simplicity

Vatican City, Nov 21, 2013 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with the Filipino community of Rome today, encouraging them in the wake of their native country's recent disaster to never tire of praying, even if the prayer is that of a child.Referencing the typhoon that wreaked havoc in the Philippines, Pope Francis encouraged, “In these moments of sadness, let the power of this prayer be the most useful: 'the prayer of why.'...And I also accompany you, with this … [Read more...]

Eastern Patriarchs ‘watchful guardians’ of unity, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 21, 2013 / 08:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke with Patriarchs of various Oriental Churches during a four day gathering in Rome, stating that it is their task to help foster unity in the Church, and to remember the persecuted.“You are watchful guardians of communion and servants of ecclesial unity,” said the Pope, quoting his predecessor during a Nov. 21 morning meeting with the church leaders.The Holy Father’s comments came as the second … [Read more...]

Pope Francis blesses man with severely disfigured face

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2013 / 11:51 am (CNA).- Continuing his efforts to promote a “culture of encounter” with the disabled, Pope Francis again embraced a severely disfigured man after his Nov. 20 weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square.The Pope spoke with a man who lacks facial features, embraced him and gave him a blessing. Pope Francis then smiled at the man, kissed him and gestured toward the sky in the midst of a crowded square.The cause of the man’s … [Read more...]

Church is ‘depository’ of God’s forgiveness, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2013 / 05:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke about the power Jesus gave the apostles to forgive sins in his name, stating that priest’s should exercise this ministry with “humility.”“The Church is the depository of this power. It is not an owner, it is the servant of the ministry of reconciliation on behalf of men,” the Pope explained during his Nov. 20 general audience.Continuing his reflections on … [Read more...]