Pope: Church’s teaching on abortion is unchangeable

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2013 / 05:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis explained that the Church can never change its teaching on abortion, which is part of a broader understanding of human dignity. At the same time, he said in the document released Nov. 26, the Church must increase efforts to “accompany” women in difficult pregnancies. “Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our … [Read more...]

Doctor warns that religious identity in healthcare at risk

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the leading Catholic healthcare system in the U.S. has revealed that the requirements of the HHS mandate are a great threat to the company’s ability to continue serving those most in need."One of the challenges for us is to make sure we maintain the freedom as a religious organization to continue to respect the dignity of life and take care of young and old throughout the life cycle," Dr. Anthony Tersigni … [Read more...]

Begin ‘new chapter’ of joyful evangelization, Pope exhorts

Vatican City, Nov 26, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis urged the Christian faithful to begin “a new chapter of evangelization,” marked by the joy that is “constantly born anew” with Christ.“The Joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus,” the Pope wrote, inviting Christians to “a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.”The … [Read more...]

Judge rules clergy housing allowances unconstitutional

Madison, Wis., Nov 25, 2013 / 06:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A law granting clergy members an exemption from income tax on housing allowances is unconstitutional, according to a federal judge's recent decision. The exemption “violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution,”  U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb of Wisconsin’s Western District wrote Nov. 22 in her decision in Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Lew and … [Read more...]

Don’t reduce athletes to ‘merchandise for profit,’ Pope cautions

Vatican City, Nov 25, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with delegates of the European Olympic committee on Saturday, advising them to reject a consumerist mentality towards sports which can dehumanize athletes.“When sports come to be considered solely according to economic parameters or the achievement of victory at all costs, one runs the risk of reducing athletes to mere merchandise from which to profit,” he said on Nov. 23 in the Vatican’s Clementine … [Read more...]

Boxing champion dedicates victory to Filipino typhoon victims

Macau, China, Nov 25, 2013 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Filipino champion boxer Manny Pacquiao dedicated his Nov. 24 win to all the victims of the recent Typhoon Haiyan, offering prayers for their continued recovery.Pacquiao won over his American opponent Brandon Rios in the 12th round by unanimous decision to take the World Boxing Organization international welterweight title.The win brought cheers in the Philippines at a time of sorrow and loss after being struck earlier this month by … [Read more...]

Project Rachel founder ‘delighted’ with new bishops’ staff position

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 25, 2013 / 01:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The founder of Project Rachel says she is extremely pleased by the U.S. bishops’ decision to create a full-time staff position to work with the post-abortion healing ministry.“To oversee the ministry and keep on top of things that need to be done, you really need a full-time person,” Vicki Thorn told CNA Nov. 18. “I’m just delighted that they’re going to have one.”“This is an … [Read more...]