EWTN executives Michael Warsaw, Doug Keck, promoted

Irondale, Ala., Oct 21, 2013 / 02:48 pm (CNA).- On Oct. 18, EWTN's board of governors promoted its network president, Michael Warsaw, to chairman of the board, and its executive vice president, Doug Keck, to the post of president. Warsaw remains chief executive officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network, and Keck remains chief operating officer."We have assembled a great team of faith-filled, media savy professionals who are dedicated to carrying on the mission of Mother Angelica: to … [Read more...]

Vatican finance reform shows different opinions about process

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2013 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Vatican City commits to financial transparency, the hiring of a risk-management company to review the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See may reveal differing opinions about financial reform. The Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See – APSA – is the office that handles the Vatican’s investment portfolio and its real estate holdings, as well as serving as the Vatican employment office … [Read more...]

New US ambassador to Vatican takes the helm in Rome

Rome, Italy, Oct 21, 2013 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The recently appointed American ambassador to the Holy See presented his credentials to Pope Francis in a meeting earlier this morning, officially marking the beginning of his duties.“The Vatican and the Holy Father have the ability to influence world events in a positive way through the calling of faith and they will continue to be important partners in future collaboration,” U.S. ambassador Kenneth F. Hackett stated in an … [Read more...]

Attachment to money is a sickness, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2013 / 07:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily mass homily Pope Francis warned those in attendance against the idolatry present in greedy hearts, stressing that the Lord gives us our gifts for the betterment of the world. “This greed makes you sick, because it makes you think of everything in terms of money. It destroys you,” the Pope told those gathered in the chapel of the Vatican's Saint Martha guesthouse Oct. 21. In his reflections, the pontiff … [Read more...]

Modern slave trade has ‘many faces,’ human rights expert says

Washington D.C., Oct 20, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Modern day slavery is prevalent throughout the world even though it goes by different names, a human rights activist has clarified in light of a new worldwide report.“Modern day slavery has many faces,” said Dr. Ana Steele told CNA, explaining that the United Nations’ definition includes “the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor services, slavery or … [Read more...]

Olympic gold medalist credits nuns for inspiration

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2013 / 03:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Vatican athletic event promoting the connection between faith and sports, British Olympic gold medalist runner Jason Gardener credited Catholic nuns for encouraging him to succeed.He recounted his first involvement in sports at age six at St. John’s Catholic Primary School in Bath. There, he said, “I was given the opportunity to participate in sports days, and I remember crossing the (finish) line – trying my best … [Read more...]

Suit claims Colorado taxes illegally fund Planned Parenthood

Denver, Colo., Oct 20, 2013 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The state of Colorado is illegally providing $14 million to Planned Parenthood in violation of the state constitution, a lawsuit from a former executive director of the state health department charges. “Public officials should respect the law and the democratic process rather than ignore both to fill Planned Parenthood’s bank account,” Michael J. Norton, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Oct. … [Read more...]