Bishops embrace Pope Francis, Benedict in voting document

New Orleans, La., Jun 12, 2014 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The updated voting guide issued by the U.S. bishops will maintain Church teaching as explained by both Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, said leading bishops at a recent gathering. “Pope Benedict, in his encyclical entitled ‘God Is Love’ showed how the proclamation of the Gospel and the celebration of the sacraments leads seamlessly to the service that the Church provides to the poor and the vulnerable and the common … [Read more...]

Chile to abandon consistent pro-life stance at UN

Santiago, Chile, Jun 12, 2014 / 02:07 pm (CNA).- In a radical policy shift, the government of Chile will alter its human rights stance at the United Nations by abandoning the defense of life from the moment of conception and accepting the legalization of abortion in several circumstances. According to documents obtained by the Chilean newspaper La Tercera, Chilean representatives to the U.N. will accept a pro-abortion policy and break with the pro-life policy of former president Sebastian … [Read more...]

Media coverage of St. Louis archbishop criticized as ‘misleading’

St. Louis, Mo., Jun 12, 2014 / 10:56 am (CNA).- The Archdiocese of St. Louis criticized “inaccurate and misleading” reports suggesting that Archbishop Robert Carlson did not know sexual relations with children were illegal; the archdiocese said his deposition responses were instead focused on mandatory reporting laws. “Contrary to what is being reported, Archbishop Carlson is and has been a leader in the Church when it comes to recognizing and managing matters of sexual … [Read more...]

Young priest’s murder shocks, grieves Arizona community

Phoenix, Ariz., Jun 12, 2014 / 09:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A 28-year-old priest was shot and killed, and another critically wounded, at a Catholic church in Phoenix Wednesday night. The Diocese of Phoenix released a statement early Thursday morning identifying the slain priest as Father Kenneth Walker, the associate pastor at the Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission located near the Arizona state capitol. The pastor, Father Joseph Terra, 56, is in critical but stable condition. … [Read more...]

Even an insult is killing your brother, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2014 / 08:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis reflected on true brotherly love, explaining that if we really want to love one another we need to be realistic and willing to compromise for the sake of keeping peace. “In our day we think that ‘not killing our brother’ means simply not actually murdering him – but no – not killing our brother means not (even) insulting him,” the Pope stated in his June 12 daily Mass, … [Read more...]

May the World Cup be a ‘feast of solidarity,’ Pope exhorts

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2014 / 05:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a video message Pope Francis sent for the start of the World Cup, he outlined the importance of good sportsmanship, stating that this attitude helps in building a more peaceful society. “My hope is that, in addition to the feast of sports, this World Cup becomes the feast of solidarity between peoples,” the Roman Pontiff stated in his June 12 video message. Aired on Brazilian television stations, the Pope’s … [Read more...]

A young woman’s confirmation gift: reading at Pope’s Mass

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After three years of waiting to be confirmed, Clemence Figeac was asked to read an intention of the faithful during Pope Francis' Pentecost Mass, just two days after receiving the sacrament. “It was very beautiful,” Figeac told CNA June 9, “especially because first there was a little rehearsal the day before, and the person in charge of the liturgy said that our reading had to be a prayer.” The liturgy … [Read more...]