Archbishop warns of genocide in Central African Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic, Feb 14, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Central African bishop has reported signs of genocide in the growing conflict there, urging an effective security response and warning against the “evil” desire to kill and destroy. “If there is no one to hold back the hand of the devil here, he will achieve his goal. Many people will be hunted down and killed,” Archbishop Dieudonnè Nzapalainga of Bangui told Aid to the Church in Need … [Read more...]

Cardinal-elect Poli, Buenos Aires’ successor to Bergoglio

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Feb 14, 2014 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A “low profile” bishop, with few political contacts: this is how the Argentine press describes Archbishop Mario Poli of Buenos Aires, who will receive the red hat of a cardinal Feb. 22. Pope Francis wasted no time in appointing Archbishop Poli as his successor in Buenos Aires. Fifteen days after his election as Bishop of Rome vacated his old see, Pope Francis provided for his former diocese by appointing one of its … [Read more...]

National Marriage Week recognizes foundations of society

Washington D.C., Feb 13, 2014 / 05:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics across the U.S. are joining in a celebration of National Marriage Week to promote the sacrament and vocation upon which society is built. “National Marriage Week provides an opportunity for the Church, and for the entire nation, to affirm and support married couples and to promote the vocation and sacrament of marriage,” said Bethany J. Meola, assistant director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' … [Read more...]

‘Gimme Shelter’ movie could inspire pro-woman advocacy

New York City, N.Y., Feb 13, 2014 / 03:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 'Pro-life advocates say the portrayal of pregnancy care centers in the film “Gimme Shelter” should inspire concrete action to support pregnant women in crisis pregnancies, and their children. “I think more than anything, the film gives the viewers pause to look at their own lives and see how they can make a difference,” Molly O'Connor, communications director at the New York-based Chiaroscuro … [Read more...]

Indian bishops commit to renewal of Church, society

Palai, India, Feb 13, 2014 / 02:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At their plenary assembly held Feb. 5-12, the Indian bishops discussed pastoral challenges in the nation and continuing the implementation of the Second Vatican Council. At the conclusion of the assembly, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, Syro-Malankarese Major Archbishop of Trivandrum, was elected as president of the Indian bishops’ conference. He succeeds Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, who served as conference … [Read more...]

UN anti-Vatican report ‘payback’ for pro-life work, critic says

New York City, N.Y., Feb 13, 2014 / 12:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent United Nations report criticizing the Catholic Church on sex abuse and its moral teachings should be understood in the context of efforts to diminish the Vatican’s pro-life influence at the U.N., a scholar has said. Anne Hendershott, a Franciscan University of Steubenville sociology professor, said Feb. 10 in Crisis Magazine that the U.N. will likely continue its abortion advocacy, efforts to expand contraception … [Read more...]

Valentine effort promotes authentic love to college students

Princeton, N.J., Feb 13, 2014 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A nationwide campaign leading up to Valentine’s Day is encouraging college students to seek meaningful relationships and develop a healthy understanding of love and sexuality. Young men and women today truly “want a love story,” said Caitlin Seery, director of the Love and Fidelity Network. Surveys consistently show that “college men and women still aspire to get married someday, even if … [Read more...]