Child’s first 1,000 days critical to future health, experts say

Washington D.C., Apr 1, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The earliest days of a child's development, both in the womb and after birth, are essential to human development and are well within the reach of the development community's ability to address the problem, a House hearing said. “There is perhaps no wiser investment that we could make in the human person than to concentrate on ensuring that sufficient nutrition and health assistance is given during the first 1,000 days of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis shapes Vatican finances under advice from his cardinals

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The appointment of Msgr. Brian Edwin Ferme as prelate secretary of the newly established Council for the Economy shows Pope Francis will shape the council with the advice of his Council of Cardinals. Msgr. Ferme, a canonist, was reportedly the personal choice of Cardinal George Pell, a member of the Council of Cardinals and prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy. He is likely to take his post at the beginning of the summer. The … [Read more...]

Vietnamese archbishop could begin new era of Vatican diplomacy

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Mar 31, 2014 / 07:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The March 22 succession of Paul Bui Van Doc as Archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City may ease the relationship between Vietnam and the Holy See. Archbishop Bui Van Doc was born in 1944 in Da Lat, and attended seminary in Saigon and then the Pontifical Urban University. He was ordained a priest in 1970, and served as rector of Da Lat’s major seminary from 1975 to 1995. In 1999, he was consecrated Bishop of My Tho, where … [Read more...]

Former president ‘grossly misunderstands’ Catholic teaching

Washington D.C., Mar 31, 2014 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prominent Catholic laywomen have responded to recent statements by former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, saying he lacks understanding of the Church and of the nature of service. While talking to various media outlets, Carter has criticized the Church saying its teachings about the priesthood are responsible for the mistreatment of women around the world. Carter’s “comments about the role of women in the Church show a … [Read more...]

Papal canonizations to be a spiritual event, cardinal stresses

Vatican City, Mar 31, 2014 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Monday news conference detailing preparations for the canonization of Bl. John Paul II and Bl. John XXIII, the Holy See announced initiatives designed to help the Church live the event in a spiritual way. “This is a spiritual event … not just a worldly happening. It is a feast of holiness,” Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar general of the Diocese of Rome, said March 31 of the Holy See’s preparations for the … [Read more...]

Pope warns against the wandering of an ‘existential tourist’

Vatican City, Mar 31, 2014 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily Monday, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of having direction in our lives rather than turning in circles and never advancing, emphasizing that we move forward only through faith in God. “They are wandering Christians: turning around and around, as if life was an existential tourism, without destination, without taking promises very seriously,” the Pope reflected in his March 31 Mass. Addressing those … [Read more...]

Pope names auxiliary bishop for key English archdiocese

London, England, Mar 31, 2014 / 10:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Westminster Monday: Monsignor Nicholas Gilbert Hudson, a parish priest of the Southwark archdiocese. Msgr. Hudson said he felt “honored and humbled” at the appointment. “It is exciting to be a Catholic in this second year of the pontificate of Pope Francis. I pray that I might emulate the Holy Father’s radical simplicity and outreach to … [Read more...]