Pope sends letter of condolence to family of James Foley

Vatican City, Aug 25, 2014 / 07:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter sent to the family of a U.S. journalist killed by ISIS last week, Pope Francis assured his closeness, and prayed for reconciliation and peace throughout the world. “The Holy Father, deeply saddened by the death of James Wright Foley, asks you kindly to convey his personal condolences and the assurance of his closeness in prayer to James’ loved ones,” the letter states. Signed by Vatican Secretary of State … [Read more...]

Pope Francis leaves Asian faithful energized after visit

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 24, 2014 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Many people from across Asia expressed their gratitude for Pope Francis' visit and said his visit has energized their fatih.  “It’s a very overwhelming experience. At first we didn’t put very high expectations, but when he’s here, personally, you have an overwhelming feeling and it feels so joyful. That joy that you have, you just don’t know how to explain it,” Matthias Rider told CNA … [Read more...]

Pope Francis challenges with question: How is your faith?

Vatican City, Aug 24, 2014 / 08:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Angelus address Sunday Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel account of Saint Peter's recognition of Jesus as the Lord, urging those present to honestly evaluate their own faith.“Brothers and sisters, what happened in a unique way in Saint Peter, also takes place in every Christian who develops a sincere faith in Jesus the Christ,” he told crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square on Aug. … [Read more...]

Boko Haram kidnap dozens in attack on village

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Aug 23, 2014 / 03:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Locals in Baga, Nigeria say the town is one of the latest targets of Boko Haram’s attacks, while a group of soldiers say they will not fight the militants until they have more adequate equipment. Residents of the isolated village on the shore of Lake Chad in Borno, Nigeria's northeasternmost state, told the BBC that the radical Islamist group swept through on Aug. 10, killing 26 people and kidnapping 50 … [Read more...]

Dawkins misses joy of those with Down syndrome, critics say

Denver, Colo., Aug 23, 2014 / 05:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Advocates of those with Down syndrome have strongly criticized prominent atheist Richard Dawkins’ suggestions that it would be immoral not to abort a child diagnosed with the condition. “People with Down syndrome should not be treated like second-class citizens, and anyone making that argument sets back the great progress that has been made in terms of equality for all people,” said David Tolleson, executive director … [Read more...]

Adjustment to HHS mandate met with initial disappointment

Washington D.C., Aug 22, 2014 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious groups have voiced concern over the latest set of suggested changes to the federal contraception mandate, while saying they will examine the proposals fully in order to give an in-depth response. “The Administration is once again revising its regulations on the HHS mandate,” noted Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “We will study the … [Read more...]

Papal envoy: Francis donated $1 million to Iraqi refugees

Vatican City, Aug 22, 2014 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has given $1 million as a personal contribution to help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who have been forced from their homes, according to his personal envoy to the country. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, visited Erbil as Pope Francis' envoy from Aug. 12-20. Erbil, where more than 70,000 Christians have fled from the Islamic State, is the … [Read more...]