Catholics in Australia support Pope Francis’ action against human trafficking

Canberra, Australia, Jan 27, 2015 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Australia's bishops and religious have joined the global call of Pope Francis to mark Feb. 8, the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, as the world day of prayer, reflection, and action against human trafficking. St. Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped and sold into slavery, and later became a Canossian nun and was the first person from Sudan to be canonized, by St. John Paul II in 2000. “The Australian Catholic Bishops … [Read more...]

Cardinal praises Catholics in Vietnam for their witness to the faith

Hanoi, Vietnam, Jan 27, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, lauded the efforts of the Catholic community in Vietnam during his pastoral visit last week and encouraged them in the path of mission. Cardinal Filoni's dicastery coordinates missionary cooperation throughout the world, and he visited Vietnam after having accompanied Pope Francis' visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines earlier this … [Read more...]

Prayers offered upon death of prominent dissenting theologian

Hartford, Conn., Jan 26, 2015 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Richard P. McBrien, a Notre Dame theology professor who came to prominence for opposing Catholic teaching on several issues, died on Sunday in Connecticut at the age of 78. “While often controversial, his work came from a deep love of and hope for the Church. We pray for eternal rest for his soul,” University of Notre Dame President Father John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. said of Fr. McBrien Jan. 25. Fr. McBrien chaired … [Read more...]

Should the West take on Nigeria’s terrorists? Bishops say yes

Abuja, Nigeria, Jan 26, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Against the background of continuing attacks by radical Islamist group Boko Haram, bishops in Nigeria are appealing for military aid from Western governments, as well as solidarity and prayer from around the world. In the past week, Boko Haram has: captured nearly 80 people in Cameroon, freeing 24 of them; seized control of Monguno, a city of more than 100,000 located 85 miles northeast of Maiduguri; and twice attacked Maiduguri, the … [Read more...]

Women are irreplaceable in passing on the faith, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 26, 2015 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Women in the family have a crucial role in transmitting the faith from one generation to the next, said Pope Francis during morning Mass for the feast of saints Timothy and Titus. Addressing the congregation gathered in the Vatican's Santa Marta residence on Jan. 26, the Pope centered his reflection on Paul’s letter to Timothy – who writes that his “sincere faith” comes from the Holy Spirit “through his … [Read more...]

Millennials’ pro-life commitment wows bishops

Washington D.C., Jan 26, 2015 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Both Roman and Orthodox Catholic bishops were stirred by the presence of the Millennial generation at the 2015 March for Life. “You look out in the crowd and you see so many young people,” remarked Orthodox Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey. He said it gave him great hope for the future of the pro-life movement. The primate of the Orthodox Church in America, Metropolitan Tikhon, shared that hope. “I do … [Read more...]

Pope to canon lawyers: Annulment process must be secure, prompt

Vatican City, Jan 26, 2015 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a speech delivered on Saturday to participants in a conference on how to handle causes of nullity, Pope Francis encouraged a marriage process that is both sure of its judgements and prompt. The three-day conference is sponsored by the Pontifical Gregorian University, and marks the 10th anniversary of Dignitas connubii, an instruction of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts to tribunals on handling causes of the nullity of … [Read more...]