Medical care must consider whole person, Pope urges surgeons

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2014 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his audience with surgeons who treat cancer patients, Pope Francis encouraged the physicians to view the person as an integral whole of body and soul. On April 12, the Holy Father spoke of the need for “comprehensive care that considers the whole person and unites also human, psychological and social support, spiritual accompaniment, and support for the family of the sick person to medical care.” His audience in the … [Read more...]

Australian woman given Papal honors for social service

Wollongong, Australia, Apr 12, 2014 / 07:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Mass said last week, Bishop Peter Ingham of Wollongong bestowed Papal honors on Kathleen McCormack for her meritorious service to CatholicCare, the diocesan welfare agency. Bishop Ingham made the announcement during the April 3 Mass said at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral to mark McCormack's retirement after 34 years of service to CatholicCare, 29 of which were as its diocesan director. “I am delighted and honored … [Read more...]

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...]