Pope Francis urges cardinals to reflect deeply on family life

Vatican City, Feb 20, 2014 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met briefly this morning with cardinals who had gathered for a meeting to reflect on the theme of the family, urging them to consider carefully both the Church’s theology and pastoral practice. “Our reflections must keep before us the beauty of the family and marriage, the greatness of this human reality which is so simple and yet so rich, consisting of joys and hopes, of struggles and sufferings, as is the whole … [Read more...]

To know Jesus we must follow him, says Pope Francis

Vatican City, Feb 20, 2014 / 05:39 am (CNA).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of Christian discipleship, emphasizing the need for Christians to follow Jesus with their entire lives, not just intellectually. “Jesus didn’t say to Peter and to his Apostles, ‘Know me!’ he said, ‘Follow me!’ And this following of Jesus makes us know Jesus,” explained Pope Francis on Feb. 20 to those gathered in the chapel of the Casa Santa … [Read more...]

Denver hospice dedicated to upholding Church teaching

Denver, Colo., Feb 20, 2014 / 04:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A palliative care organization in the Denver archdiocese is committed to providing end-of-life care to patients that fully accords with the teaching of the Church, according to the group’s president. “We have a focus on the Catholic faith. We’ll care for anybody, just like Jesus Christ would, but we have a focus on … following the teachings of the Church,” Kevin Lundy, president of Divine Mercy Supportive … [Read more...]

Nigeria archbishop laments failure to stop Boko Haram

Abuja, Nigeria, Feb 20, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid continuing attacks in Nigeria attributed to the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, one of the country's leading bishops has grieved the inability of government authorities to stop the violence. “Unfortunately, the authorities have so far failed to fulfill their task of ensuring peace and security to Nigerians in every area of the Country,” said Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos, president of the Nigerian … [Read more...]

North Korea reportedly detains Christian missionary

Pyongyang, North Korea, Feb 20, 2014 / 12:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The North Korean government has allegedly detained a 75-year-old Christian missionary named John Short, possibly for distributing Christian pamphlets. “I know he’s courageous and he’s in God’s hands,” Short’s wife Karen told The Associated Press. “I believe that at the right time that the right thing will happen and he will be released,” she added, saying she had been … [Read more...]

Cardinal Sandri confirmed as head of Eastern Churches congregation

Vatican City, Feb 19, 2014 / 08:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed members of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches Feb. 19, confirming both Cardinal Leonardo Sandri as prefect, and Archbishop Cyril Vasil as secretary. Both had been initially appointed to their roles by Benedict XVI: Cardinal Sandri in 2007; and Archbishop Vasil, who is a Jesuit and was ordained a priest of the Slovakian Catholic Church, in 2009. The Congregation for the Oriental Churches “considers … [Read more...]

Filmmakers draw attention to plight of Middle East Christians

Washington D.C., Feb 19, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians in the West must take seriously their duty to support those suffering in the Middle East, the birthplace of Christianity, said a team of filmmakers working on a documentary about the subject.   “Christianity began in the East, and Christians in the West seem to have forgotten that fact,” said Drew Bowling, a Washington, D.C.-based writer working on the documentary project. “It's tragic to see … [Read more...]