Catholic refugees in Balkans deserve justice, bishop says

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dec 4, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A bishop in Bosnia-Herzegovina says that Catholic refugees from the Yugoslav wars conducted in the 1990s continue to suffer and face barriers to their return home. “Croatian Catholics must finally be put on an equal footing with the other two ethnic groups,” Bishop Franjo Komarica of Banja Luka told the charity Aid to the Church in Need Nov. 29. “They must be allowed to return from abroad and … [Read more...]

Lawsuit against US bishops wrong on abortion, doctor says

Lansing, Mich., Dec 3, 2013 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawsuit charging that the U.S. bishops’ ethical standards for hospitals caused negligent care of a pregnant woman wrongly claims that abortion was medically necessary, a doctor and professor of medicine has said. “Abortion is never necessary to save the life of the mother,” said Dr. Brian C. Calhoun, a professor and vice-chair in the obstetrics and gynecology department at West Virginia … [Read more...]

Ukrainian Church an example of ‘synodality’ for Pope

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 02:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Ukrainian Church revealed that in a recent private meeting with Pope Francis, the pontiff praised the structure of Eastern Churches for their emphasis on collaboration among bishops.Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said his discussion with Pope Francis mainly focused on “the synodality of our Church,” as the Pope is looking for ways to “foster the collegiality in the Catholic … [Read more...]

Council of cardinals begins second meeting on curial reform

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 01:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with the group of eight cardinals advising him on the reform of the Roman Curia and the government of the Church this morning, initiating the council's second meeting. “The meeting began this morning continuing the look at the Roman Curia with a view to its reform, as requested by the cardinals prior to the conclave,” Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office, said at a briefing of … [Read more...]

Francis and Benedict linked in call for joyful priests

Rome, Italy, Dec 3, 2013 / 10:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a presentation of a work by Benedict XVI on the priesthood, the head of the Vatican's doctrine office said that both Benedict and Pope Francis share a view on priestly vocation and the crisis it faces. Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told CNA in a recent interview that the teachings of Benedict XVI and Pope Francis on priesthood are “linked.” The archbishop, who … [Read more...]

A Church without joy is unimaginable, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope focused his daily homily this morning on the themes of joy and peace, emphasizing that our God “is joyful,” and that the Church’s mission of transmitting this joy to others brings authentic peace.“You can’t imagine a Church without joy,” the pontiff explained in his Dec. 3 homily, “and the joy of the Church lies precisely in this: to proclaim the name of Jesus.”Pope Francis … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan: Church has been ‘caricatured’ as anti-gay

New York City, N.Y., Dec 3, 2013 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York said he thinks the Catholic Church has been “out-marketed” in the public discussion of marriage, giving a misleading representation of the Church’s beliefs. “We've been caricatured as being anti-gay,” Cardinal Dolan told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Dec. 1, adding that “we’re pro-marriage, we’re pro-traditional marriage, … [Read more...]


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