Disney Channel same-sex couple episode yields protest

Washington D.C., Jan 30, 2014 / 07:40 pm (CNA).- The Disney Channel's recent decision to air its first TV show episode with a same-sex couple has drawn complaints from a group of parents concerned that it introduced “controversial topics that children are far too young to comprehend.” “This is the last place a parent would expect their children to be confronted with topics that are too difficult for them to understand. Mature issues of this nature are being introduced … [Read more...]

Pope calls Notre Dame to ‘unambiguous’ Catholic witness

Rome, Italy, Jan 30, 2014 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis encouraged Notre Dame University to continue honoring its Catholic identity in the future, through a strong commitment to education and witness to Church moral teaching. “It is my hope that the University of Notre Dame will continue to offer unambiguous testimony to this aspect of its foundational Catholic identity, especially in the face of efforts, from whatever quarter, to dilute that indispensable witness,” … [Read more...]

Bishops urge end to confiscation of land in Palestine

Bethlehem, West Bank, Jan 30, 2014 / 05:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops' international justice and peace representative has called on the state department to pressure the Israeli government to cease its efforts to confiscate Palestinian land in the West Bank. “I ask you once again to urge the Government of Israel to cease and desist in its efforts to unnecessarily confiscate Palestinian lands in the Occupied West Bank,” Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines wrote Jan. 28 … [Read more...]

Dozens killed in attacks on Nigeria’s Christian villages

Abuja, Nigeria, Jan 30, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- At least 99 people were reportedly left dead after attacks on two Christian villages in northeast Nigeria this week, suspected to have been carried out by Islamic extremist militants. Attackers flooded a Catholic church during a Jan. 26 Mass in Wada Chakawa village in Adamawa state. They set off explosives, took hostages and fired guns into the congregation in a five-hour attack, the Associated Press reports. A separate attack later took … [Read more...]

Holy See press office launches new Twitter account

Vatican City, Jan 30, 2014 / 03:12 pm (CNA).- The Holy See press office has launched a new Twitter account, aiming to make the world more aware of the activities of the Church and of Pope Francis. “I hope that people have this help to go and to check what we are saying, what we are saying about the Pope, about the Church,” Father Ciro Benedettini told CNA in a Jan. 30 interview, “so there’s a better way of knowing what the Pope and what the Church are … [Read more...]

Law professor appointed as advisor to Vatican City State

Vatican City, Jan 30, 2014 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, Jan. 25, Pope Francis appointed Vincenzo Buonomo, who has worked with the Holy See for over 30 years and is a dean at the Pontifical Lateran University, as an advisor to Vatican City. The appointment demonstrates the Roman Pontiff's balance between seeking the counsel of outside experts as well as those who have been long associated with Vatican structures. Buonomo has served as dean of the civil law department at the … [Read more...]

A Christian without the Church is an ‘absurd dichotomy,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 30, 2014 / 08:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis reflected on the intrinsic relationship between the Church and the People of God, emphasizing that we need to be humble and obedient to her teachings in order to be faithful. “It is an absurd dichotomy to love Christ without the Church; to listen to Christ but not the Church; to be with Christ at the margins of the Church. One cannot do this. It is an absurd dichotomy,” the Pope explained in … [Read more...]


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