The Christian life is a constant battle against evil, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2014 / 07:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis centered his daily homily on the topic of temptation, observing that it has a specific structure, and encouraging attendees to learn from scripture how to fight the devil. “We too are tempted, we too are the target of attacks by the devil because the spirit of Evil does not want our holiness, he does not want our Christian witness, he does not want us to be disciples of Christ,” the Pope expressed in his April 11 … [Read more...]

Catholic hospitals right to reject contraceptives, doctors say

Tulsa, Okla., Apr 11, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following controversy over a Catholic-affiliated medical center’s rejection of contraceptive practices in Oklahoma, physicians have said that such institutions are trying to act with integrity. “Catholic hospitals and health care providers do not prevent women from accessing what they want, they just don’t provide it themselves,” Lester Ruppersberger, a Pennsylvania physician and vice president of the Catholic … [Read more...]

Pope responds to Venezuelan peace talks invitation

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2014 / 03:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Answering an invitation from Venezuela's foreign affairs minister to participate in the country’s peace talks, Pope Francis sent a letter to all parties involved, encouraging them to foster open dialogue. “I am deeply convinced that violence can never bring peace and wellbeing to a country, because it only ever generates more violence,” the Pope stated in his April 10 letter. “On the contrary, through … [Read more...]

Christian unity: a goal common to John XXIII, John Paul II

Vatican City, Apr 11, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Both John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be canonized April 27, acted for Church unity and dedicated much of their lives and Magisterium to foster relations among Christian communities. John XXIII’s effort was highly appreciated among the Orthodox Churches; when he convoked the Second Vatican Council, representatives of both the Orthodox Churches and Protestant ecclesial communities were invited as observers of the Ecumenical … [Read more...]

John Paul II’s secretary: pontificate was marked by martyrdom

Krakow, Poland, Apr 11, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, one of Bl. John Paul II’s closest collaborators, said the Pope’s holiness and pontificate were characterized by martyrdom. In an article entitled “A Life with Karol,” published in a magazine insert by the Italian newspaper Avvenire, Cardinal Dziwisz said that during the May 13, 1981 assassination attempt, “the Pope’s blood was shed … and the Pope came … [Read more...]

Priest murdered in Nicaragua, report says

Managua, Nicaragua, Apr 10, 2014 / 05:40 pm (CNA).- A priest who was counseling a married woman outside his parish rectory April 6 was allegedly killed by her husband, who then reportedly killed his wife and turned the gun on himself. “I wish to express the sentiments of deep sorrow that priests, religious and the faithful are experiencing over the recent death in an unfortunate act of murder of Father Juan Francisco Blandon Meza, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in the town of … [Read more...]

Health workers in West Africa respond to Ebola outbreak

Conakry, Guinea, Apr 10, 2014 / 05:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Health care workers are joining forces with Catholic charities and local communities in response to a deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. “I've been here 37 years as a missionary and through five wars, and I say to myself, 'I never thought we'd have Ebola now to look at.' But it's what happened and we have to fix it,” said Sister Barbara Brilliant, a Franciscan Missionary of Mary. Sr. Barbara … [Read more...]