Pope’s audience with elderly to explore vocation of old age

Vatican City, Jul 14, 2014 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Organizers for the first-ever audience to be held between a pope and the elderly population have revealed that a central reflection will be the active vocation of the aged in the Church and in society. “We have given 20 years of life to old people now (in Western countries), but 20 years to do what? This is the big question that this meeting wants to share with everyone,” Fr. Andrea Ciucci of the Pontifical Council for the … [Read more...]

Nigerian archbishop calls for government rescue of schoolgirls

Vatican City, Jul 14, 2014 / 05:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid government reports that the nearly 200 girls kidnapped in Chibok could be home soon, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called the country’s leaders to follow through with their promises. “At the conclusion of the National Council of States Meeting…there was news that it will just be a matter of time before the girls are released,” Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama told CNA July 11. “That is good news, … [Read more...]

Christians disappearing from Iraq, bishops lament

Baghdad, Iraq, Jul 14, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Iraqi archbishops are seeking “faith and hope” in Iraq, while bewailing the continuing exodus of Christians from the country amid continued violence. Archbishop Yousif Mirkis heads the Chaldean Archdiocese of Kirkuk, in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region. He said that he “quite definitely” fears the end of Christianity in Iraq. “We are in the process of disappearing, just as the Christians in … [Read more...]

Ibrahim case reflects deeper problems in Sudan, says bishop

Yambio, Jul 14, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The “disgraceful case” of Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim is only one of many examples of discrimination and harassment faced by Christians in Sudan, a bishop in the region has said. “Christians in Sudan can attend divine service unmolested, but there is no genuine freedom of religion and conscience in the country,” Bishop Edward Kussala told Aid to the Church in Need July 10. Bishop Kussala heads the Diocese of … [Read more...]

Vatican dismisses Italian news report on papal interview

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2014 / 05:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican spokesperson said that the Pope’s words as reported in the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” cannot be considered with certainty to be Pope Francis’ actual words. Fr. Federico Lombardi of the Holy See Press Office questioned whether there is an “explicit acknowledgment” in the interview of “a manipulation of naive readers.” On July 13, “La Repubblica” published an … [Read more...]

New healthcare resource links Catholic patients, providers

New York City, N.Y., Jul 13, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new healthcare website hopes to link together Catholic patients and healthcare providers in order to address the cultural challenges facing Catholics around the country. “There’s more to being Catholic … than simply, 'we don't use birth control,” Dr. Greg Bottaro, PsyD, said to CNA July 7, of how the faith affects participation in the healthcare industry. “There’s an integration … [Read more...]

Pope Francis prays for peace during Angelus

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2014 / 07:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis prayed for peace in the Holy Land on Sunday, asking participants to join him in a moment of silent prayer. “I extend a heartfelt appeal to all of you to continue to pray earnestly for peace in the Holy Land, in light of the tragic events of recent days,” the Roman Pontiff said after his July 13 weekly Angelus address. Recalling the June 8 invocation for peace with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents, the … [Read more...]