Researcher questions data in same-sex parenting study

Austin, Texas, Jul 11, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA).- A study claiming better wellbeing among children of same-sex couples was based on data that merits “healthy scepticism” due to “suspect science” such as selective surveying, a sociology professor has said. “In such a charged environment, the public – including judges and media – would do well to demand better-quality research designs, not just results they approve of,” Mark Regnerus, a sociology … [Read more...]

Vatican’s new UN observer to face key challenges

Vatican City, Jul 11, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza, the new head of the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, served on the front lines in response to Haiti’s disastrous 2010 earthquake. Now he will have to tackle key international issues like restricting the proliferation of nuclear weapons.   Archbishop Auza, 55, hails from the Philippines and is a former nuncio to Haiti. He is the first Filipino to lead the … [Read more...]

Indian bishop-elect aims to show God’s love to new flock

Vatican City, Jul 10, 2014 / 08:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Theodore Mascarenhas, who was appointed Wednesday to be an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Ranchi in India's eastern state of Jharkhand, has voiced his enthusiasm for the task. “I would like to be what Pope Francis asks us to be: a pastor who feels the smell of the sheep, who has the sheep close to him,” Fr. Mascarenhas told CNA July 10, the day following his appointment, expressing his desire to follow in the … [Read more...]

Legalizing pot erodes communities, panel warns

Denver, Colo., Jul 10, 2014 / 05:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Efforts in several states to legalize recreational marijuana use poses serious harm to individuals as well as to communities that are already broken, said members of a recent panel. “For the state to say something that’s really manifestly harmful – though it might have some benefits, manifestly harmful – is legal, is just short-sighted and irresponsible,” Dr. E. Christian Brugger stated at a July 1 panel … [Read more...]

Church’s witness in South Korea has converted many, bishop says

Seoul, South Korea, Jul 10, 2014 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The vitality of the Church in South Korea is behind the many conversions that have taken place in the nation which Pope Francis is set to visit Aug. 13-18, according to a Salesian bishop. Bishop Mario Toso, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, visited South Korea June 21-26 to give lectures on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” in the nation's archdioceses: Kwangju, … [Read more...]

Book offers meditations based on Francis de Sales’ letters

Denver, Colo., Jul 10, 2014 / 12:21 pm (CNA).- When Dr. Christopher Blum first read "Introduction to the Devout Life," he knew that he would be personally indebted to St. Francis de Sales. Inspired to read various other letters written by the saint, Blum decided to compile a book of meditations that would give readers advice for renewing their spiritual journey. Printed by Sophia Institute Press, “Rose Among Thorns” is the first English publication in this form of St. … [Read more...]

Vatican backs a ‘Pause for Peace’ during World Cup final

Vatican City, Jul 10, 2014 / 11:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for Culture launched an effort designed to unite the world in asking for peace in warring countries by observing a moment of silence during the final game of the World Cup. “Sports were born around religious festivities. Sporting events were moments of peace when wars ceased, as for the Olympic truce,” Msgr. Melchor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda said July 10 for the launch of the campaign. “Why not … [Read more...]