Annulment process is no business, Roman Rota official clarifies

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a media frenzy around Pope Francis' request that the annulment process not be treated like a business, an official of the Apostolic See's court of higher instance has explained that annulment procedures are already free in most cases. He also blamed the media for providing a biased examination of the issues. Msgr. Piero Amenta, a prelate auditor of the Roman Rota, stressed in a lengthy Nov. 14 article in Italian at … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Children have right to a mother and father

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2014 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, Pope Francis said, emphasizing that “the family is the foundation of co-existence and a remedy against social fragmentation.” The Pope made these remarks on Nov. 17 at the opening of the three-day international, interfaith colloquium entitled The Complementarity of Man and Woman, currently underway in the Vatican. Also referred to as the “Humanum” … [Read more...]

It’s official! Pope Francis announces 2015 visit to US

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2014 / 01:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Updated November 17, 2014 at 6:25a.m. MST. Adds comments from Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ at paragraphs 9-10.Pope Francis on Monday officially announced that he will visit the U.S. in September 2015, including a visit to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. “I wish to confirm, if God wills it, that in September of 2015 I will go to Philadelphia for the Eighth World Meeting of Families,” he … [Read more...]

Dialogue with immigrants overcomes tensions, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2014 / 09:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made an appeal for peace and dialogue with members of immigrant communities in his remarks after the weekly recitation of the Angelus in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday. The Pope cited recent tensions in Rome between residents and immigrants, which echoed tensions in other European cities. He called on civil institutions at all levels to prioritize this “social emergency” which will continue to degenerate if … [Read more...]

Pope Francis blasts abortion, euthanasia as ‘sins against God’

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2014 / 07:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has told a group of Catholic doctors that “playing with life” in ways like abortion and euthanasia is sinful, and he stressed that each human life, no matter the condition, is sacred. “We're are living in a time of experimentation with life. But a bad experiment… (we’re) playing with life,” the Pope told an audience of 4,000 Catholic doctors gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI … [Read more...]

A new love language: Post synod conference seeks ways to communicate truth of marriage

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2014 / 06:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the dramatic and media-hyped Extraordinary Synod last month, the Vatican is hosting a colloquium seeking to find “new and creative language to speak to people where they are.”This is according to Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason University, and communications liaison for the Humanum Colloquium, which will run from Nov. 17­-19 at the Vatican.The gathering is sponsored by the Congregation … [Read more...]

Bathrooms of St. Peter’s soon to include showers for homeless

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2014 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After hearing from a homeless man that a bath is more urgently need than food in Rome, the Vatican’s papal almoner commissioned that showers be added to the public restrooms in St. Peter's Square. “The Basilica exists in order to keep the Body of Christ, and we serve Jesus’ suffering body by serving the poor. Always, in the history of Rome, the poor congregated around the Basilicas,” Bishop Konrad Krajewski … [Read more...]