Archbishop Aquila: teaching on marriage must be rooted in Christ

Denver, Colo., May 2, 2014 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Synod of Bishops on the Family draws closer, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver has offered a reflection for his brother bishops on the pastoral issue of proclaiming “the gospel marriage” of Christ to the world. “If pastoral solutions to the contemporary challenges to marriage are not grounded in what God has revealed about marriage, they will not lead to real freedom and happiness,” he wrote in the current … [Read more...]

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Holy See warns against ideological agenda in UN torture hearing

Vatican City, May 2, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of a report to the U.N. on an anti-torture agreement next week, the Holy See has emphasized its commitment against torture, and warned against the hearing being reduced to a “tool of ideological pressure.” “The Holy See also proposes important teaching with regard to matters of torture and cruel and inhuman treatment, which is of great importance for the diffusion of the principles inspiring the Convention and for … [Read more...]

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Pope offers encouragement to new Council for the Economy

Vatican City, May 2, 2014 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis gave words of encouragement to the Vatican’s new Council for the Economy, stressing concern for the poor and commitment to the Gospel. He told the group that its mission will be difficult, but important, urging them to embrace it bravely, according to Vatican Radio. The Pope had formed the Council and the Secretariat for the Economy in February. The council held its first meeting May 2, discussing its statues and … [Read more...]

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Pope: I cried over reports of crucified Christians

Vatican City, May 2, 2014 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily on May 2, Pope Francis said that he wept over recent news of Christians allegedly being crucified, reflecting that there are still many martyrs in today’s world. “I cried when I saw reports on the news of Christians crucified in a certain country, that is not Christian,” the Pope said, according to Vatican Radio, during morning Mass in the chapel of his residence. In recent weeks, media groups have … [Read more...]

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Tens of thousands expected for Italy’s March for Life

Rome, Italy, May 2, 2014 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Italian March for Life expects tens of thousands of attendees at its fourth march to support what organizer Virginia Coda Nunziante called “the first right for a human being.” “If a human being doesn’t receive life, he won’t receive any other rights,” Coda Nunziante told CNA April 23. The march will begin May 4 at Rome's Piazza della Repubblica. Participants will begin to gather at 8 a.m. … [Read more...]

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Be bold in proclaiming truth, Cardinal Dolan tells media

Rome, Italy, May 2, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a communications conference in Rome this week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan offered his own observations on how to communicate effectively, emphasizing the importance of addressing hard issues. Pope Francis “has given us a good example,” the Archbishop of New York told CNA April 29. “He's very shrewd, he’s very savvy. He’s what we need.” “He says, 'how do we get the message out',” … [Read more...]

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US urged to act before South Sudan violence becomes genocide (Graphic Photo)

Washington D.C., May 2, 2014 / 03:09 am (CNA).- Describing reports of atrocities coming out of South Sudan, U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) called Wednesday for immediate action to prevent a potentially massive genocide in the country. “America helped give birth to South Sudan. We have a moral obligation to do something – and something bold.” Wolf spoke at an April 30 news conference in Washington, D.C. Joined by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), … [Read more...]

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