Pope: Church problems solved through discussion, prayer

Vatican City, May 18, 2014 / 05:30 am (CNA).- In his Sunday Regina Coeli message, Pope Francis reflected on the apostles’ method of solving problems as an example for the whole Church. When the early Christians struggled to care for the growing community, “the apostles took the situation in hand - they called a large meeting also with the disciples, discussing the question together,” he said on May 18. “Seeking advice, discussing, and praying--this is how problems … [Read more...]

Critics warn of bias in UN anti-torture committee member

New York City, N.Y., May 17, 2014 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.N. committee member who insinuated that the Catholic position against abortion violates an anti-torture agreement signed by the Holy See should recuse herself or step down on account of bias, several critics have said. Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow with the U.S.-based Catholic Association, said American Felice Gaer should recuse herself from writing the U.N. Committee on the Convention Against Torture’s report on the … [Read more...]

‘Love transforms everything,’ Pope tells sick, disabled

Vatican City, May 17, 2014 / 09:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with nearly 5,000 members of apostolates dedicated to the sick and suffering on Saturday, encouraging them to live lives transformed by love and to support others who suffer. “Jesus teaches us to live the pain by accepting the reality of life with trust and hope, bringing the love of God and neighbor, even in suffering: and love transforms everything,” the pontiff told the members of the Apostolate of the … [Read more...]

Appeal for solidarity marks Jordan’s role in Middle East dialogue

Amman, Jordan, May 17, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An appeal issued jointly Wednesday by Vatican and Jordanian officials marks the nations’ friendship and common commitment to foster peace and dialogue in the Middle East. Following a May 13-14 meeting in Amman on “Meeting Current Challenges through Education,” the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Jordan’s Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies issued an appeal for solidarity on the eve of Pope … [Read more...]

Death sentence for Christian in Sudan draws global criticism

Khartoum, Sudan, May 16, 2014 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pregnant woman who was raised as a Christian has been sentenced to execution by a Sudanese court that contends she has apostatized from Islam, drawing worldwide condemnation. “Mrs. Ibrahim’s willingness to stand-up for her faith – even in the face of death – is a true mark of uncommon courage and bravery,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said May 15. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, is recognized as Muslim under … [Read more...]

Venezuelan wins trip to Holy Land for Pope’s visit

Caracas, Venezuela, May 16, 2014 / 01:28 pm (CNA).- A 22-year-old Venezuelan man has won a contest held by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism to travel to the Holy Land for Pope Francis’ historic visit May 24-26. Gustavo Adolfo Franco Picaza of Maracaibo, Venezuela, made the winning video for a contest held via Instagram at #PopeinHolyLand. In a message to the organizers of the contest, Picaza said he would carry a special intention on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land: “To pray … [Read more...]

Heresies sprout from getting lost in ‘ideas,’ Pope warns

Vatican City, May 16, 2014 / 11:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis explained that it takes more than intellectual assent to truly get to know Jesus – we must also develop a personal relationship of joy through prayer and works. “Ideas by themselves do not lead anywhere and those who pursue the path of their own ideas end up in a labyrinth from where they can't get out again!” the Pope stated in his May 16 daily Mass. Addressing those present with … [Read more...]