Courage head sees Christ in Pope’s ‘non-judgment’ remarks

Rome, Italy, Feb 11, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As many look for signs of change in Pope Francis' comments on people with same-sex attraction, the leader of a ministry for those with homosexual inclinations instead believes the Pope's words hearken back to Christ himself. “I don't think there's any reason to believe that anything our Holy Father is saying now is inconsistent with 2000 years of Church teaching, so I would hope people could be at peace and at rest … [Read more...]

Pope Francis launches tweet to pray for Benedict XVI

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2014 / 03:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the one year anniversary of Benedict XVI’s announcement of his decision to resign from the Petrine ministry, Pope Francis has sent a tweet, asking the world to join him in prayer for the retired pontiff. “Today I invite you to pray together with me for His Holiness Benedict XVI, a man of great courage and humility,” the Pope’s Feb. 11 tweet read. Exactly one year ago, retired Pope Benedict XVI shocked the … [Read more...]

Cardinal O’Malley: UN report showed ideological influence

Boston, Mass., Feb 11, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A United Nations commission report on the Vatican’s response to abuse of children was not “fair or particularly helpful,” but took an “ideological” approach, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has said. In a Feb. 7 post on his blog, Cardinal O’Malley said that he was “surprised” to read accounts of the recent report on the Holy See issued by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the … [Read more...]

Oil tanker strikes, knocks down, St. Anne statue in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand, Feb 11, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A landmark 26 foot Thai statue of St. Anne revered by local fishermen was knocked down last week, after being hit by a oil tanker. The statue depicting St. Anne with the child Mary was located near the pier at Samut Sakhon, a port city on the Bay of Bangkok some 26 miles from the Thai capital. It was hit by an oil tanker Feb. 6, and was knocked down from its perch above the Tha Chin river estuary. The ship ran directly against … [Read more...]

Colombian bishops emphasize family, poverty as elections approach

Bogotá, Colombia, Feb 10, 2014 / 07:45 pm (CNA).- The Bishops' Conference of Colombia has released a voter's guide focused on life, family and poverty as the country prepares for upcoming congressional and presidential elections. Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez, president of the conference, presented the statement during a press conference at the conclusion of the bishops’ 96th Plenary Assembly last week. In choosing leaders, the bishops said, voters should take into account the … [Read more...]

Christian aid group zeros-in on helping South Sudan victims

Washington D.C., Feb 10, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian aid organization Sudan Relief Fund is helping thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons with supply water and other life-saving assistance after devastating conflict in the country. “We are changing focus” to help the Southern region more directly, Neil Corkery, the group's executive director told CNA in a  Feb. 7 interview. While the organization is continuing its development projects … [Read more...]

Pope: Marriage cannot be based simply on emotional satisfaction

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2014 / 02:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to the Polish bishops last week, Pope Francis encouraged a stronger understanding of marriage, accompanied by a merciful attitude toward those in difficult family situations. “Today marriage tends to be viewed as a form of mere emotional satisfaction that can be constructed in any way or modified at will,” the Pope said. “Unfortunately this vision also influences the mentality of Christians, promoting a … [Read more...]