Pope Francis makes phone call to Israel, Palestine presidents

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2014 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of the rising death toll in Gaza due to increased tensions between Israel and Palestine, Pope Francis made a personal call to both presidents in order to ask for peace. “Following last Sunday’s heartfelt appeal for continued prayer for peace in the Holy Land, this morning the Holy Father Francis personally telephoned President Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas,” a July 18 statement from the Vatican … [Read more...]

Polygamy, gender identity seen as key challenges for families in Africa

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2014 / 06:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Representatives from the Pontifical Council for the Family gathered in the Republic of the Congo with over 40 bishops last week to discuss the state of families in Africa, highlighting both strengths and challenges they face. “The bishops are very glad and positive about the family because it is really the structure of African society,” Fr. Andrea Ciucci told CNA July 11, however “there are some problems not typically … [Read more...]

Natural women’s health center hailed for affirming life, dignity

Denver, Colo., Jul 18, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Colorado women’s health clinic seeking to offer natural care that respects human dignity has drawn praise for helping to build up a culture of life. Authentic women’s care “is essential to the pro-life movement,” said Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, superior general of the Sisters of Life in New York. “One of the greatest needs now in our culture is to be able to have collaborative relationships with … [Read more...]

Human rights court: Europe cannot be forced to redefine marriage

Strasbourg, France, Jul 18, 2014 / 02:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the refusal to recognize same-sex “marriages” does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights. In a July 16 ruling, the human rights court explained that while “some Contracting States have extended marriage to same-sex partners,” European laws establishing the right of men and women to freely marry “cannot be construed as imposing an obligation on … [Read more...]

Blogger recounts motherhood as spark that led to conversion

Denver, Colo., Jul 18, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The conversion from atheism to Catholicism was a rewarding journey full of triumph and trial for Jennifer Fulwiler, as outlined in her recent book, “Something Other Than God.” Fulwiler told CNA that “before we were Catholic, we were caught up in a very selfish worldview.” Although they were not trying to be selfish, she explained, atheism contained “a worldview where the self was the center of … [Read more...]

Vatican bank starts second phase of reform effort

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2014 / 08:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Institute for Religious Works, or 'Vatican Bank', has released its annual report for 2013, announcing the start of the second phase of its intended reform. Ernst von Freyberg, the outgoing president of the institute’s board, said it will “continue to serve with prudence” and provide specialized financial services to the Church around the world. “The valuable services that can be offered by the … [Read more...]

Millions of African children orphaned by violence, AIDS

Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Tens of millions of African orphans are in need of support and care from a loving, stable family said experts testifying at a D.C. congressional hearing on the orphan crisis on the continent. “Behind every statistic about orphaned children, behind the pie charts and graphs, there is also a portrait in miniature,” said Congressman Chris Smith (R- N.J.), “a lonely child who is left without a mother or a father, perhaps … [Read more...]


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