At the heart of the annulment process: Justice, salvation of souls, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2014 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis gave a brief address to canonists on Wednesday, discussing the grave importance of justice in the process of marriage annulment, and the salvation of souls above all – which is always found in justice. “In the Extraordinary Synod there was talk about procedures, processes, and there was a preoccupation with streamlining the procedures, in the interest of justice,” the Roman Pontiff said Nov. 5 in the … [Read more...]

Assisted suicide only serves to abandon, Vatican says of Maynard’s death

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2014 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In comments about Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill cancer patient who took her own life, one Vatican official clarified that while we cannot judge a person, we can judge actions themselves as right or wrong. Spanish Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life at the Vatican, explained to ANSA news agency, “We don't judge people, but the gesture in itself is to be condemned. What happened in … [Read more...]

Pope: You make the Church ‘sick’ if you don’t support your bishop

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2014 / 11:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his weekly general audience on Wednesday Pope Francis said that a Church which does not foster communion with the bishop is unhealthy. In his remarks to the crowds gathered in Saint Peter's Square on Nov. 5, the Pope called on Christian communities to “nurture a sincere and profound communion” with the bishop, “starting with the priests and deacons. “There is no healthy Church if the faithful priests, … [Read more...]

A quiet threat: Religious freedom dwindling in Europe, US

Vatican City, Nov 4, 2014 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom is at risk in Europe and has been increasingly suppressed in the United States over the course of the past year, according to a new report. The findings were made in the 12th edition of the World Report on Religious Freedom, issued by the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need, released Nov. 4. The report is a snapshot of the state of religious freedom in 196 countries from Oct. 2012 to June 2014, collecting … [Read more...]

Hearing God’s voice is hard if you’re self-absorbed, Pope warns

Vatican City, Nov 4, 2014 / 07:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Tuesday Pope Francis cautioned not to be too self-reliant, saying that this attitude can lead to a self-centered egoism that is afraid of God and refuses to hear or accept his generosity. “It is so difficult to listen to the voice of Jesus, the voice of God, when you believe that that the whole world revolves around you: there is no horizon, because you become your own horizon,” the Pope told mass-goers in the … [Read more...]

Men, women, and the power of marriage: Pope Francis to give key address

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2014 / 01:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Later this month Pope Francis will meet with intellectuals and inter-religious faith leaders from around the world to examine the relationship between man and woman in marriage as the basis of society. From Nov. 17 to Nov. 19 the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith will host a colloquium in Rome on the topic of “Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage.” The event is hosted along with the Pontifical Council for … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Our faith is based on Christ, not ‘persuasive words’

Vatican City, Nov 3, 2014 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The “rock” of our faith is not found in “wise and persuasive words,” Pope Francis said, but rather in the “living word” which is Christ's death and resurrection. Human history culminating in Christ's coming was the main focus of the Pope's homily for Mass on Nov. 3, celebrated in Saint Peter's Basilica on behalf of all cardinals and bishops who have died over the last twelve … [Read more...]