Domestic violence increasingly on the Vatican’s radar

Rome, Italy, Nov 13, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA).- A Catholic psychologist who recently met with the Pontifical Council for the Laity says violence between partners is still a massive problem globally – and it's gaining more attention from the Vatican. “Domestic violence, currently called intimate partner violence (IPV) in professional literature to distinguish partner violence from child abuse, is still a very common problem in the U.S.,” Dr. Christauria Welland, Psy.D. told … [Read more...]

True charity gives people God, not bread alone, cardinal says

Vatican City, Nov 13, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Robert Sarah has stressed the link between charity and preaching the Gospel, saying that while the practical needs of the poor are important, Christians can give something more essential: Jesus Christ. Cardinal Sarah, citing Benedict XVI, told CNA that “charity is very linked with the proclamation of the Gospel, and doing charity is not only giving food, giving material things, but giving God too. Because the main lack of … [Read more...]

A broken system: Calls for immigration reform continue after election

Washington D.C., Nov 12, 2014 / 07:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Uncertainties about the future of immigration reform, given Republicans' new-found control of both houses of Congress, do not decrease the need for changes to the immigration system says a Catholic immigration expert. “The system does not work. There needs to be reform that looks at our family-based immigration system,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, to CNA following … [Read more...]

Religious freedom battle ‘daunting,’ but bishops urged to persist

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2014 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The leader of the U.S. bishops’ religious freedom committee encouraged his fellow bishops not to lose heart, but to place their trust in God, in the ongoing battle for religious liberty. “Sometimes it might seem that fighting or struggling against threats to religious liberty is a daunting task,” Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore acknowledged, but we know that “with God all things are … [Read more...]

How one bishop sees marriage as key to ‘culture of encounter’

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2014 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With marriage in crisis in the modern world, the faithful have a duty to work for its restoration, promoting the ‘culture of encounter’ called for by the Holy Father, said a leading U.S. bishop. “Pope Francis said recently, ‘There is a crisis in the family because it’s beat[en] up from all sides and left very wounded!’ We must help to pick it up, like the Good Samaritan, and care for it,” San … [Read more...]

Beatification cause opened for Brazil’s ‘Surfer Angel’

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nov 12, 2014 / 01:24 pm (CNA).- The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the cause of beatification of Guido Schaffer, who was a Brazilian seminarian known as the “Anjo Surfista,” or “Surfer Angel.” The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro will now establish a tribunal to handle the cause. The archdiocese requested approval of the cause in May by sending the Vatican numerous documents on the life of Schaffer “to show that he lived … [Read more...]

Priest swaps clerical hats with a ‘sharp, healthy’ Benedict XVI

Rome, Italy, Nov 12, 2014 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest who met and exchanged zucchettos with retired pontiff Benedict XVI last week marveled at the former pope's joy, mental clarity and good health.“We were so, so enthused by the joy in Benedict, (by his) his serenity. He's a man at peace, at peace in the will of God for him today, which is to pray for the Church,” Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo told CNA Nov. 7. Benedict XVI is like a wise grandfather, he said, … [Read more...]