On 88th birthday, Benedict XVI lauded for emphasis on mercy

Rome, Italy, Apr 16, 2015 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican official charged with organizing the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy says the topic was the “heart” of Benedict XVI’s pontificate, due to the emphasis he placed on love, which is lived out in mercy. “We cannot forget that Pope Benedict, his first encyclical was Deus Caritas Est (God is Love). That means the center, the heart of his pontificate was put in the light of love, and love and mercy are the … [Read more...]

American Sisters accept Vatican reforms on doctrine, theology

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2015 / 04:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a joint report marking the conclusion of a multi-year mandate for reform, members of the LCWR have agreed to corrections called for by the Vatican, and said they will continue on the path of dialogue. “We are pleased at the completion of the mandate, which involved long and challenging exchanges of our understandings of and perspectives on critical matters of Religious Life and its practice,” Sr. Sharon Holland, IHM, … [Read more...]

The new celibacy? How porn may be destroying the impetus for sex

Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2015 / 04:04 am (CNA).- One of music artist John Mayer's most signature songs is “Daughters,” a sweet and simple tribute to the importance of parents' influence on their little girls. Here's the refrain: “So fathers, be good to your daughters, Daughters will love like you do. Girls become lovers who turn into mothers, So mothers, be good to your daughters too.” But when John Mayer isn't crooning about your beautiful daughters, … [Read more...]

Australian bishops: the suffering need compassion, not suicide by drugs

Sydney, Australia, Apr 16, 2015 / 02:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Euthanasia isn’t what the suffering and dying really need, said Australia’s Catholic bishops. “Suicide is always a tragedy, and all people who are confronted by their mortality, whether or not they are mentally or physically ill, deserve our help and compassion, not a lethal dose,” Bishop Peter Comensoli of Broken Bay said in an April 15 statement. “All people have dignity regardless of their health, … [Read more...]

Kidnapped Nigerian girls deserve more than just a hashtag, activist says

Jos, Nigeria, Apr 15, 2015 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted a year ago by the group Boko Haram deserve a major, sustained rescue effort, says a Nigerian lawyer who urges far more global attention for the wider crisis in the country. “Every day of captivity for these girls is a dark day in their lives and their parents’ lives. It's harder to keep hope alive,” international human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe of the U.S.-Nigeria Law … [Read more...]

Papal blessings for Asia Bibi’s family, as death sentence still looms

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2015 / 03:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has blessed the family of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, as they continue to work for her release.   Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih, said “the Holy Father blessed and encouraged us.” Masih and the couple’s youngest daughter, 14-year-old Isham, briefly met with Pope Francis after his Wednesday General Audience. “We are here in Italy to make sure we can be … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: If men and women aren’t different, we have problems

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2015 / 09:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has warned against gender theories which seek to eradicate differences between man and woman, saying they perpetuate the very problems they are trying to solve. “Experience teaches us: to know each other well and grow in harmony, the human being requires the reciprocity of man and woman,” the pontiff said Wednesday to participants in his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. In his Apr. 15 … [Read more...]