Pope Francis to hold audience with elderly, grandparents

Vatican City, Jul 1, 2014 / 07:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for the Family is organizing a day dedicated to the elderly, during which Pope Francis will meet with them as sign of the important role they play in a society that lives longer. “The day is based on the assumption that old age is not a shipwreck but a vocation,” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, said in a statement posted on the council’s website … [Read more...]

US ambassador: Pope draws global attention to trafficking

Vatican City, Jul 1, 2014 / 05:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. ambassador to the Holy See Ken Hackett has praised the attention Pope Francis is giving to the “scourge” of human trafficking, and spoke of collaborative initiatives aimed at its eradication. “These days when the Pope speaks on any issue it raises the attention level worldwide, and he has done that specifically with human trafficking calling it a ‘scourge,’” the ambassador told CNA June … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby ruling draws renewed commitment from Congress

Washington D.C., Jul 1, 2014 / 04:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court’s highly anticipated ruling on the federal contraception mandate has prompted a renewed enthusiasm from lawmakers on both sides of the religious freedom debate. Part of being an American “has always meant being able to freely choose our faith and live by the dictates of that faith at home, at church and in the public square,” said Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), author of the Health Care Conscience … [Read more...]

Former Legionaries of Christ leader dies from cancer

Mexico City, Mexico, Jul 1, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Álvaro Corcuera Martínez del Río, L.C., former general director of the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi, died in Mexico on Monday after a long battle with cancer. “I invite everyone to offer Masses and prayers to commend his soul to God and thank God for the life of this father, brother and friend who has been our General Director during the nine most difficult years in our history,” … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby ruling lauded as ‘big win for freedom’

Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious liberty advocates are applauding a Supreme Court ruling striking down the federal contraception mandate for some for-profit companies, while asking that protection be ensured for non-profit groups as well. Barbara Green, co-founder of Hobby Lobby, said that she and her family were “overjoyed” at the news of the June 30 decision. “Today the nation’s highest court has re-affirmed the vital importance … [Read more...]

Vatican grieves deaths of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2014 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi released a statement voicing Pope Francis' condolences over three kidnapped Israeli teenagers found dead on Monday outside a Palestinian town.    “The news of the death of three young Israelis that had disappeared is terrible and tragic,” the June 30 statement read. “The murder of innocent people is always and abominable and unacceptable crime, and an important … [Read more...]

Pope says communists stole Christianity’s concern for poor

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2014 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new interview about moral and material poverty, Pope Francis has stressed that care for the poor is ultimately Christian, suggesting that communists have “stolen” this from Christianity. “I must say that communists have stolen our flag. The flag of the poor is Christian,” he said. “Poverty is the center of the Gospel. The poor are at the center of the Gospel. Let’s take a look at Matthew 25, … [Read more...]