Human life sacred and inviolable, Pope Francis affirms

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2014 / 12:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a meeting with Italy’s Pro-Life Movement, Pope Francis thanked members for their work to defend the right to life and promote the dignity of all human beings, from conception to natural death. “Human life is sacred and inviolable. Every civil law is based on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, that of life, which is not subordinate to any condition, neither qualitative nor economic, much less … [Read more...]

Ambassador launches book on Padre Pio in Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Apr 11, 2014 / 08:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fernando Sanchez Campos, Costa Rica's ambassador to the Holy See, released in Manila last month the English translation of his book on Padre Pio's intercessory role in his family's life. “We are here to speak about God’s love, and this is for three reasons: to help reinforce our faith, to share God’s graces knowing that Jesus is the best gift we can receive, and to know that the Lord is very … [Read more...]

HHS Secretary Sebelius, face of contraception mandate, resigns

Washington D.C., Apr 11, 2014 / 06:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After months of criticism over the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced her resignation. U.S. President Barack Obama officially made public Sebelius’ departure April 11, praising her as “a tireless advocate for women's health.” However, Rep. Diane Black (R- Tenn.), a co-sponsor of pro-life legislation proposed to clarify … [Read more...]

Bishop laments lack of charity in high school controversy

Charlotte, N.C., Apr 11, 2014 / 02:02 pm (CNA).- Bishop Peter J. Jurgis has said he is “shocked” by reports of “a lack of charity and respect” at a North Carolina high school meeting about a religious sister whose discussion of homosexuality came under attack. “There simply is no room in the Catholic Church for such displays of uncharitableness and disrespect,” the Bishop of Charlotte said April 9. “If we have failed in this regard let us make amends … [Read more...]

Pope apologizes for priests’ sex abuse, promises strong response

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2014 / 10:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called April 11 for an “even stronger” Catholic Church response to combat sexual abuse, saying he felt compelled to “personally ask forgiveness” for priests who have sexually abused children. “The Church is aware of this damage, it is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the Church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we deal with this problem, and the sanctions … [Read more...]

The Christian life is a constant battle against evil, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2014 / 07:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis centered his daily homily on the topic of temptation, observing that it has a specific structure, and encouraging attendees to learn from scripture how to fight the devil. “We too are tempted, we too are the target of attacks by the devil because the spirit of Evil does not want our holiness, he does not want our Christian witness, he does not want us to be disciples of Christ,” the Pope expressed in his April 11 … [Read more...]

Catholic hospitals right to reject contraceptives, doctors say

Tulsa, Okla., Apr 11, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following controversy over a Catholic-affiliated medical center’s rejection of contraceptive practices in Oklahoma, physicians have said that such institutions are trying to act with integrity. “Catholic hospitals and health care providers do not prevent women from accessing what they want, they just don’t provide it themselves,” Lester Ruppersberger, a Pennsylvania physician and vice president of the Catholic … [Read more...]