Research finds link between oral contraception, multiple sclerosis

Washington D.C., Mar 6, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new study, researchers analyzed the data found in women's health records over four years, discovering a connection between the use of oral contraception and the contraction of multiple sclerosis. “It’s not clear what role (hormones) play in the development of the disease, but it’s clear that two to three times more women than men have MS,” Dr. Kerstin Hellwig stated in comments on Dr. … [Read more...]

Frontline episode on Church scandals one-sided, critic says

Washington D.C., Mar 6, 2014 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The PBS Frontline documentary series’ recent episode “Secrets of the Vatican” largely covered old scandals in a one-sided way, said Scot Landry, executive director of Catholic Voices USA. Landry said Frontline should have called the episode “Re-hashed church scandals presented as new.” “The whole episode was tragically one-sided and short of appropriate context,” he told CNA March 5. He … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to Roman priests: cry for your people

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2014 / 11:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with the priests of Rome, emphasizing the importance of mercy in pastoral ministry and explaining that to be a priest means being close to one's flock. “The tears of a priest…Do you cry, or is this a clergy that has lost its tears? Do you cry for your people? Do you battle with the Lord for your people, like Abraham fought?” the pontiff asked the clergy present in the March 6 morning … [Read more...]

Vatican panel approves Archbishop Fulton Sheen miracle

Peoria, Ill., Mar 6, 2014 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bishop of Peoria has rejoiced at a Vatican medical panel’s unanimous approval of a reported miracle attributed to the famous television personality and evangelist, Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen. “There are many more steps ahead and more prayers are needed. But today is a good reason to rejoice,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria, Ill. said March 6. “Today is a significant step in the Cause for the … [Read more...]

In interview Pope talks marriage, family, scandals and life

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2014 / 08:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As part of a recent interview given to an Italian news agency, Pope Francis discussed hot-button issues in the Church today, giving clarity to topics which have often been misinterpreted since his election. During the interview, published on March 5 in the Italian daily “Corriere della Sera,” the Pope was asked to speak on several issues which have been a source of heavy debate within the Church, particularly in the … [Read more...]

Editor shares life-changing Lenten challenge in new book

New York City, N.Y., Mar 6, 2014 / 04:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A New York-based Catholic editor says her experience with the corporal works of mercy two Lenten seasons ago transformed her understanding of charity and service. Kerry Weber, managing editor of America Magazine, documents her experiences in her newly published book “Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job” (Loyola Press). In an interview with … [Read more...]

Reject pornography to protect families, encourages Virginia bishop

Arlington, Va., Mar 6, 2014 / 02:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, Va., has urged fathers to protect themselves and their children from pornography’s “relentless assault,” stressing the need for everyone to cultivate Jesus Christ’s “purity of heart.” “Every home now stands in the pathway of this attack on our children’s innocence and purity. If we are not vigilant, our sons and daughters will pay a steep and heartrending … [Read more...]