Pope made apartment choice to avoid isolation

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 12:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told his friend he lives a normal life as pontiff and that he decided not to move into the Papal Apartments so would not become isolated. “I let people see me and I live a normal life; (I have) public Mass in the morning, I eat in the dining room with everyone, etc.,” he wrote to his friend Father Enrique Rodriguez in a letter dated May 15. “This does me good and prevents me from being isolated,” … [Read more...]

Study documents abortion’s global health threat to women

Geneva, Switzerland, May 31, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new study released during the 66th annual World Health Assembly identified and exposed what it claimed to be the harmful and often overlooked impact that abortion has on women's health. Decades-long research analysis issued by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Global Outreach and National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund makes the case that rather than being a routine medical procedure, abortion is detrimental to the … [Read more...]

Religious differences compatible with freedom, Jewish leader says

Washington D.C., May 30, 2013 / 06:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- True religious liberty does not require religious individuals to minimize differences in the tenets of their faith, said Jewish Rabbi Meir Soloveichik.Instead, he maintained, religious freedom demands that people of faith live “both as stranger and neighbor” within society.“We do not need to deny our differences to achieve a covenant,” he emphasized.Quoting Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, chief Rabbi of Great … [Read more...]

Man prayed over by Pope says he suffered from demons

Rome, Italy, May 30, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- A 43-year-old Mexican man whom Pope Francis prayed over in St. Peter’s Square on Pentecost Sunday said that he had suffered from demonic possession for more than a decade.Father Gabriele Amorth, the famous exorcist of the Diocese of Rome, told CNA on May 22 that Angel had received a “prayer of deliverance” from the Pope, who laid hands on him and prayed after Mass on May 19.In an interview published by the Spanish newspaper El … [Read more...]

Spiritual generosity is form of solidarity, Pope states

Rome, Italy, May 30, 2013 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis says that even though solidarity is an idea “frowned down upon by the world,” people need to practice it by spiritually feeding others. “A keyword that we need not fear is ‘solidarity,’ that is, knowing how to make available to God what we have, our humble capacity, because only in the gift of sharing our lives will we be fruitful,” he said during his homily May 30 at Rome’s Basilica … [Read more...]

Columnist examines pitfalls of arguing against ‘gay marriage’

Denver, Colo., May 30, 2013 / 11:19 am (CNA).- In a new column on Catholic Womanhood, writer Jennifer Uebbing explains that a common problem in arguing against a redefinition of marriage is implicitly accepting the idea that such as redefinition is possible.“Marriage is not a human invention or a cultural construct, but rather, the revealed truth of something written into our very beings,” she writes.Entering into the argument “for” or “against” the … [Read more...]

Vatican explains availability of Pope’s daily homilies

Vatican City, May 30, 2013 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is not publishing the full text of the Pope’s daily homilies because it wants to avoid giving them a level of authority that is not intended. “We must insist on the fact that, in all of the Pope’s activities, the difference between different situations and celebrations, as well as the different levels of authority of his words, must be understood and respected,” Vatican press office director Father … [Read more...]


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