Pope: Church’s teaching on abortion is unchangeable

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2013 / 05:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis explained that the Church can never change its teaching on abortion, which is part of a broader understanding of human dignity. At the same time, he said in the document released Nov. 26, the Church must increase efforts to “accompany” women in difficult pregnancies. “Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our … [Read more...]

Doctor warns that religious identity in healthcare at risk

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the leading Catholic healthcare system in the U.S. has revealed that the requirements of the HHS mandate are a great threat to the company’s ability to continue serving those most in need. "One of the challenges for us is to make sure we maintain the freedom as a religious organization to continue to respect the dignity of life and take care of young and old throughout the life cycle," Dr. Anthony Tersigni … [Read more...]

Begin ‘new chapter’ of joyful evangelization, Pope exhorts

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis urged the Christian faithful to begin “a new chapter of evangelization,” marked by the joy that is “constantly born anew” with Christ. “The Joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus,” the Pope wrote, inviting Christians to “a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.” The … [Read more...]

Don’t reduce athletes to ‘merchandise for profit,’ Pope cautions

Vatican City, Nov 25, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with delegates of the European Olympic committee on Saturday, advising them to reject a consumerist mentality towards sports which can dehumanize athletes. “When sports come to be considered solely according to economic parameters or the achievement of victory at all costs, one runs the risk of reducing athletes to mere merchandise from which to profit,” he said on Nov. 23 in the Vatican’s Clementine … [Read more...]

Pope lauds courageous choices of modern martyrs

Vatican City, Nov 25, 2013 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the faithfulness of God, highlighting the importance of trusting him with one’s life, and praising those who maintain this trust despite grave persecutions. “We think of so many mothers, of so many fathers of families, that everyday make definitive choices to go forward with their family, with their children,” the Pope expressed during his Nov. 25 daily Mass, adding that … [Read more...]

Pope concludes Year of Faith preaching ‘centrality of Christ’

Vatican City, Nov 24, 2013 / 06:19 am (CNA).- In his homily at Sunday Mass on the Feast of Christ the King, Pope Francis emphasized Jesus’ crucial place in creation, history, and the Church. “The attitude demanded of us as true believers is that of recognizing and accepting in our lives the centrality of Jesus Christ, in our thoughts, in our words, and in our works,” he preached to a crowded St. Peter’s Square on Nov. 24. The many pilgrims who had come to celebrate … [Read more...]

Pope Francis calls a traditionalist writer who criticized him

Vatican City, Nov 23, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mario Palmaro, a traditionalist writer who co-authored an article critical of Pope Francis, received a phone call Nov.1 from the Pope himself, who knew that the writer is suffering from a grave illness. Palmaro shared with CNA Nov. 22 that “Pope Francis wanted to act as a priest; yet he is a very special priest and bishop, by calling me and paying attention to my health condition.” According to Palmaro, one of the features … [Read more...]


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