Obama meets with Pope at time of ‘tense’ relations with Church

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2014 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. President Barack Obama’s March 27 meeting with Pope Francis comes at a time of tension between his administration and the Church over religious liberty, several Catholic leaders have said. “There has been a great deal of acrimony over issues related to religious freedom. This is something new and quite serious, since it affects the ability of the Church to carry out its mission,” V. Bradley Lewis, a philosophy … [Read more...]

Schedule for Pope’s Holy Land visit released

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2014 / 08:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has officially published the itinerary for Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the Holy Land, during which he is slated to travel to Jordan, the State of Palestine, and Israel. Announced by Pope Francis himself during his Jan. 5 Sunday Angelus address, he revealed that the principal goal of the trip is “to commemorate the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and the Patriarch Athenagoras I, that occurred … 50 … [Read more...]

Pope, Obama discuss relations between Church and State

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2014 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the March 27 meeting between Pope Francis and President Barack Obama, the two exchanged cordial discussion regarding the state of the Church in the U.S., as well as topics of shared interest. Lasting approximately 50 minutes long, the meeting marks Obama’s second encounter with a Roman Pontiff since his election in 2008, the first being between him and Benedict XVI in July of 2009. Upon greeting each other, Obama asked … [Read more...]

Change in annulment process could lead to ‘grave damage’

Washington D.C., Mar 27, 2014 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ecclesiastical tribunals are an essential part of the Church's saving mission -- thus changes to their procedures, including the annulment process, should be considered with great care, Cardinal Raymond Burke has said. Understanding the Church's tribunal system, Cardinal Burke said March 20, "requires an understanding of the service of canon law in general to the saving mission of the Church, and its role in the Petrine … [Read more...]

Philippines and Vatican release Pope Francis postage stamps

Manila, Philippines, Mar 27, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Philippine Postal Corporation, in collaboration with the Holy See, has released a commemorative postage stamp celebrating the pontificate of Pope Francis. “The stamp will make this event memorable and will serve as a historical patrimony for the generations to come,” Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See Mercedes Tuason told CNA March 21.   “The postage stamp is an effort of the Filipino people to, in … [Read more...]

Minor protection group shows collaboration with Jesuit center

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The appointments made to the newly established Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors show that Pope Francis has modeled it on the Jesuit’s Center for the Protection of Minors. The center was launched in 2011 by the Pontifical Gregorian University in collaboration  with the Diocese of Munich and Freising, as well as the University of Ulm’s departments of psychiatry and infant and adolescent … [Read more...]

Immigration advocates give Pope letters from children

Vatican City, Mar 26, 2014 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of U.S. immigration reform advocates participated in Wednesday’s General Audience at the Vatican, giving the Pope letters from children who face being separated from their parents by deportation. The group, which traveled from Los Angeles and was blessed by the city’s Archbishop Jose Gomez, hoped to encourage Pope Francis to advocate for them during his impending meeting with President Barack Obama. The group chose … [Read more...]


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