Pope calls for end to death penalty out of respect for human dignity

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called for the abolition of capital punishment during a speech on Thursday, as well as all forms of penal punishment which violate human dignity. In an Oct. 23 audience with delegates from the International Association of Penal Law, the Pope decried the “growing conviction” in recent decades “that through public punishment it is possible to solve different and disparate social problems, as if for different … [Read more...]

‘What is being proposed is not marriage’ – Pope calls for defense of family

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2014 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an audience with members of an international Marian movement, Pope Francis warned that the sacrament of marriage has been reduced to a mere association, and urged participants to be witnesses in a secular world. “The family is being hit, the family is being struck and the family is being bastardized,” the Pope told those in attendance at the Oct. 25 audience. He warned against the common view in society that “you … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: God’s image is revealed in the face of our brothers

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2014 / 06:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The message Pope Francis sent during his Sunday Angelus address was that love of God and neighbor are inseparably united, and that we see God’s face most clearly in the weak and vulnerable. “In the middle of the thicket of rules and regulations – of the legalisms of yesterday and today – Jesus opens a gap that allows you to see two faces: the face of the Father and that of the brother,” the Pope told … [Read more...]

Twelve Iraqi priests, monks suspended for breaking vow of obedience

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2014 / 04:41 am (CNA).- Chaldean patriarch Louis Sako I has suspended a group of monks and priests who fled Iraq without consulting their superiors, saying a priest’s primary duty is to serve his flock wherever he is asked. “Before his ordination, the ‘Priest’ announces the offering of his whole life to God and the Church. It is an offering grounded in the obedience to his superiors without any conservation,” Patriarch Sako said in his Oct. … [Read more...]

Vatican gives global communications group official stamp of approval

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2014 / 06:42 pm (CNA).- In a rare move, the Vatican has officially recognized the public communications organization SIGNIS as a Catholic association, which, according to a Vatican official, happens less than once a year. “SIGNIS is called to form lay Catholics who work in the media to be truly salt and light, and to be a leaven that transforms the world from within,” Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko said in the Oct. 24 ceremony for the consignment of the Decree of … [Read more...]

Beyond economics, youth unemployment a ‘problem of dignity,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2014 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a message to young people affected by the “culture of waste,” calling on them to spread the hope of the Gospel amid these times of uncertainty. The Pope's message, dated Oct. 16, was written to mark the Italian Bishops’ conference of Salerno's national convention on the theme: “Hope amid uncertainty.” According to the message, the aim of the convention, which runs from Oct. … [Read more...]

Sistine Chapel being used as sacred place – not ‘venue for private parties’

Vatican City, Oct 25, 2014 / 07:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Director of the Vatican Museums Antonio Paolucci has rejected rumors that they are now renting the Sistine Chapel, adding that beauty is always an occasion to grow in charity and generosity. “In the last few days I've read that someone thought we are renting the Sistine Chapel to those who have money to spend,” Paolucci said in an Oct. 20 statement released by the Vatican Museums. “It is nothing of the sort, … [Read more...]


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