Pope Francis: swallow ‘toads’ of pride in order to dialogue

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2014 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of being humble in order to dialogue with others, and emphasized that we should not build “walls” that can foster resentment with others. “Humility, meekness, becoming all things to everyone and also – but this is not written in the Bible – all of us know that to do these things you have to swallow so many toads. But, we must do it,” the Pope … [Read more...]

Church in New Mexico criticizes assisted suicide ruling

Albuquerque, N.M., Jan 24, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A New Mexico judge was wrong to rule that there is a “right” to doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, a spokesman for the New Mexico Catholic bishops has said. “What people have a right to is a right to good medicine and to a good doctor who helps them. We would never concede that there’s a right to take somebody’s life,” Allen Sanchez, executive director of the New Mexico … [Read more...]

Opus Dei bishop’s beatification set for Madrid

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2014 / 12:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the second leader of Opus Dei, will be beatified in his birthplace of Madrid on Sept. 27, the Vatican has announced. The current Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría, said the Vatican’s Jan. 21 announcement of the beatification ceremony was a “moment of profound joy.” He said Bishop del Portillo “loved and served the Church so much.” Cardinal Angelo Amato, … [Read more...]

LA archdiocese launches pro-life networking app

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 23, 2014 / 05:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has set up a smart phone application that connects pro-life pregnancy centers and persons so they can help provide resources and prayers for pregnant women at risk of choosing abortion. Archbishop José Gomez said Jan. 22 that the app, named “ProLife,” is “creating a network of prayer and practical support to help women facing crisis pregnancies.” “We want to … [Read more...]

US celebrates 30 years of diplomacy with the Vatican

Vatican City, Jan 23, 2014 / 05:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See's founding, new Ambassador Ken Hackett lauded the many fruits borne from the relationship, expressing his hope to help bear more. “The relationships that have grown between our government and the Holy See over that period have been phenomenal,” Hackett told CNA Jan. 23 at a reception held in honor of the event. “Look what happened in the collapse of the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Müller encourages unity serving evangelization, mission

Valencia, Spain, Jan 23, 2014 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Spanish university's canon law conference, the Vatican's head for doctrinal matters spoke this week about collegiality and unity in the Church, emphasizing their orientation to evangelization. The speech by Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, focused on Church structures and served as a commentary on Pope Francis' Nov. 24 apostolic exhortation “Evangelii … [Read more...]

College students strongly represented at March for Life

Washington D.C., Jan 23, 2014 / 02:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Continuing a decades-long trend, college students and young people from across the nation maintained a strong presence on Jan. 22 at the 41st annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. “It is a privilege to be in the nation’s capital and host young pilgrims from all over the country for the annual March for Life. Our University community takes great pride in providing housing and meals for our many friends,” said The … [Read more...]