Pope Francis to make two trips to Italian city of Caserta

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2014 / 07:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican confirmed today that Pope Francis will travel twice to the city where an evangelical pastor from Buenos Aires is living, in order to meet with local Catholics in addition to visiting his old friend. In a statement released July 17, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has added a day onto his already-planned trip to the city of Caserta in the Campania region of Italy to visit Pastor Giovanni Traettino, who is an old friend … [Read more...]

Chaldean patriarch: current state of Iraq is ‘chaos’

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2014 / 05:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Iraq has written a letter urging government officials to “waste no more time” in electing new leaders, and lamented the grim possibility of finding a peaceful solution to conflict. “Only the president of the parliament was elected and later, maybe next week, there will be an election for the President of the Republic and also the prime minister,” Patriarch Sako told CNA July 16, … [Read more...]

(Explicit) Video shows Planned Parenthood promoting violent sex to minors

Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA).- Planned Parenthood is under fire after a new undercover investigation found staff members promoting bondage, whipping and other violent sexual practices to minors as young as 15. Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, which conducted the investigations, warned that Planned Parenthood’s sex advice “glorifies kids acting out rape scenarios.” “It's extremely dangerous counseling: they're undermining and … [Read more...]

John Paul II taught that ‘the body matters,’ priest says

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 17, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Saint John Paul II's teaching on love and sexuality shows the dignity of the human body and how concrete acts of mercy are demanded of all of us, says priest and author Father Michael Gaitley. “The heart of the Theology of the Body for me,” said Fr. Gaitley, “is the idea that the body matters,” and that “all of us are called in our bodies to reflect the self-giving love which is at the heart of the … [Read more...]

Jesuits working to free abducted priest in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan, Jul 16, 2014 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than a month after the kidnapping of Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar, S.J. near the Afghan city of Herat, his order continues to advocate for his release. “During this painful time, we have worked quietly to resolve this difficult situation. We have been in close contact with the Afghan authorities and the Indian Consul General in Herat, Afghanistan,” Fr. Peter Balleis, S.J., international director of Jesuit Refugee Service, … [Read more...]

Archbishop calls slated black mass offensive, horrendous

Oklahoma City, Okla., Jul 16, 2014 / 05:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop of Oklahoma City Paul Coakley called a black mass scheduled to take place in the city's civic center an “obviously horrendous” act meant to offend much of the state's community. “There are common standards of decency that civic-minded people uphold that are necessary for constructive public discourse, and this violates all of those standards,” he told CNA July 16. “This is a … [Read more...]

Women speak out against ‘extreme’ abortion bill

Washington D.C., Jul 16, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal bill to remove almost all abortion regulations is drawing strong opposition from critics who say that it would be devastating to health and safety of both women and their children. U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), a registered nurse of over 40 years, expressed “grave concerns” about the negative effects that the proposal could have on health and safety standards.   In a July 15 testimony to the Senate … [Read more...]