Sodalitium Christianae Vitae forms ethics commission amid investigation of founder

Lima, Peru, Dec 1, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA).- The superior general of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has announced the creation of an Ethics Commission for Justice and Reconciliation to assist and offer proposals amid investigations following accusations against its founder. “In the last few weeks, we have seen with pain and shame the disclosure of credible accusations about the grave misconduct and abuse committed by Luis Fernando Figari and other members of the Sodalitium of Christian … [Read more...]

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Pro-life groups condemn Planned Parenthood shooting, pray for victims

Colorado Springs, Colo., Nov 30, 2015 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After Friday's shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic killed three but with an official motive for the act not determined, pro-life groups have condemned any act of violence against abortion clinics. "We condemn violence of any kind against Planned Parenthood, abortionists, or any abortion industry workers,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, in a statement issued hours after the … [Read more...]

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Full text of Pope’s in-flight interview from Africa to Rome

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2015 / 02:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a Q&A with journalists on his way from Africa back to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions posed by journalists from across the world. He touched on inter-religious relations, the role of the media, and his favorite memories from Africa. Please read below for the full English transcription of the Q&A: Fr. Lombardi: Holy Father, welcome to this encounter, which by now is a tradition we all wait for. We are … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to journalist’s condom question: the problem is much bigger

Vatican City, Nov 30, 2015 / 12:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On a Nov. 30 in-flight press conference returning from his trip to Africa, Pope Francis said that efforts to push the Church to allow condom use to prevent HIV are too narrow and do not see the whole picture. A journalist asked the Pope about HIV in Africa, saying, “We know that prevention is key. We know that condoms are not the only method of solving the epidemic, but it’s an important part of the answer. Is it not … [Read more...]

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Pope calls Central African Christians, Muslims to unite against violence

Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov 30, 2015 / 03:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians and Muslims must unite against acts which “disfigure the Face of God” by promoting peace, Pope Francis told Islamic representatives on the final day of his visit the war-torn Central African Republic (CAR). “Those who claim to believe in God must also be men and women of peace,” the Pope said at the Nov. 30 encounter at the Mosque of Koudoukou in the CAR capital Bangui, recalling the … [Read more...]

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Pope to Central African Christians: Be artisans of renewal in your country

Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov 30, 2015 / 03:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the final Mass of his first visit to Africa, Pope Francis called the Christians of the Central African Republic (CAR) to be missionaries in their nation, bringing renewal amid suffering, and hope for eternal life. “Christians of Central Africa, each of you are called to be, through perseverance in faith and missionary commitment, artisans of the human and spiritual renewal of your country,” the Pope … [Read more...]

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Seeking peace and mercy, Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of Bangui

Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov 29, 2015 / 09:20 pm (CNA).- “Bangui is today the spiritual capital of the world,” Pope Francis said as he opened the Holy Door of Bangui’s cathedral on Sunday--the first time a Pope has opened a Holy Door outside Rome. Pope Francis proclaimed: “We all pray for peace, mercy, reconciliation, pardon, love. Throughout the Central African Republic and in all the nations of the world which suffer war, let us pray for peace. And together … [Read more...]

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