Francis: Sex workers, abandoned children are a result of our indifference

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2015 / 07:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday Pope Francis said that abandoned children and exploited sex workers forced to live on the street are a “shameful reality” in modern society, and encouraged efforts to find more concrete ways to help them. “(These) sad realities…are the result of indifference, poverty, family and social violence, and human trafficking,” the Pope said Sept. 17. “They involve the pain of marital … [Read more...]

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Media invent a fake Pope by misusing his words, bishop charges

Palmares, Brazil, Sep 17, 2015 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Brazilian bishop has criticized the mainstream media for manipulating and confusing their readers regarding Pope Francis' recent moves in the reform of the annulment process and special permissions regarding confession during the Jubilee of Mercy. Bishop Henrique Soares da Costa of Palmares warned that proceeding in this fashion, what the world wants is “to become the guide for the faith of Catholics, inventing a Pope who … [Read more...]

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What’s the point of education? Bishop Conley has some ideas

Lincoln, Neb., Sep 17, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb. vividly remembers his father asking him what on earth he planned to do with his English degree. “Open up an English shop?” Bishop Conley said with a laugh. Most English majors can probably relate. But even today – decades after his undergraduate studies – Bishop Conley stands by his belief that a liberal arts curriculum is the foundation of a well-founded education and … [Read more...]

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Office Depot apologizes after claiming pro-life flier was ‘hate material’

Chicago, Ill., Sep 17, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Office Depot officials have apologized to a pro-life Catholic woman in Illinois after their store refused to print her pro-life flier on fetal organ harvesting and prayer for the conversion of the Planned Parenthood abortion provider. The apology followed company officials’ claims that the flier was “hate material,” “graphic,” or advocated “persecution of people who support abortion … [Read more...]

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We want solutions, not guns – a Syrian bishop speaks out

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2015 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Outside entities who drive the Syrian war – either through the selling of arms or their own political and strategic interests – must stop, and the country should look inside itself to resolve the conflict. These are the words of the Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo, Antoine Audo, who has watched the destruction of his country through fighting between its government and various rebel factions over the last four years. “I think the solution is poli … [Read more...]

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Francis’ Council of Cardinals proposes a new congregation for the Roman Curia

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2015 / 11:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Council of Cardinals finally submitted to Pope Francis on Wednesday a proposal to establish a new congregation for laity, family, and life in the Roman Curia, after widespread discussion and anticipation. The council of nine cardinals, who are advising the Pope on reform of the Roman Curia, met at the Vatican Sept. 14-16. Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, Emeritus Archbishop of Milan, had prepared for Pope Francis a study on the … [Read more...]

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Women protect humanity against evil, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2015 / 11:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Women have a special God-given role in protecting each generation against the evils of its time, Pope Francis said in characteristically off-the-cuff remarks during his weekly Wednesday general audience. Reflecting on Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis, Pope Francis noted that this first man and woman failed at protecting the creation that had been entrusted to them by God, resulting in the inheritance of original sin for all of … [Read more...]

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