‘Torture works’? Not really, say former interrogators

Washington D.C., Feb 25, 2016 / 06:30 am (CNA).- Countering claims by some politicians that torture is an acceptable part of the fight against terrorism, experts in ethics and interrogation say that the practice is both immoral and ineffective.“Torture is an intrinsic evil, an action that is an evil no matter the circumstances or the consequences,” said Prof. Joseph Capizzi, an associate professor of Moral Theology at The Catholic University of America.“Often these … [Read more...]

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Singapore archbishop slams Madonna concert as ‘pseudo-art’

Singapore, Feb 25, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Singapore's music fans can do better than Madonna, the local Catholic archbishop has said.The American pop star will stop in Singapore on Sunday Feb. 28 as part of her “Rebel Heart” tour – and Archbishop William Goh says the concert is “causing a stir” among Catholics and other Christians.In response, he urged the faithful to reflect on how Christianity offers a contrasting vision of the arts and the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis wants more dialogue with Islam. Is Egypt the key?

Vatican City, Feb 25, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Pope Francis, dialogue with Islam is a core issue. He recently voiced hopes to meet a major Sunni leader: the Grand Imam of al-Azhar Mosque, Ahmed el-Tayeb.“I want to meet him. I know that he would like it,” the Pope said during his Feb. 18 in-flight press conference.The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, headed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, is reaching out to al-Azhar Mosque“We are looking for the … [Read more...]

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Paul VI, nuns and contraception: did Pope Francis get it right?

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2016 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If Vatican watcher Sandro Magister is right, Pope Francis cited an urban legend about Blessed Paul VI’s alleged approval of contraception for nuns in exceptional wartime circumstances in the Congo.“No one has ever been able to cite a single word of his in this regard. Yet this urban legend has been kept alive for decades, and sure enough even Francis and his spokesman have fallen for it,” Magister wrote Sept. 22 at … [Read more...]

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What Archbishop Shevchuk saw in the meeting of the Pope and Patriarch Kirill

Rome, Italy, Feb 24, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- What’s next for ecumenism? After the recent meeting between Pope Francis and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church has emphasized that “the first thing is to free religion from politics.”  “We cannot reconcile with geopolitics, but we can reconcile with our brothers,” Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halych told CNA Feb. 23.   He reflected … [Read more...]

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Pope: wealth and power are good, but only when used to serve

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2016 / 05:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis cautioned that unless wealth and power are put at the service of society, especially the poor, they risk becoming instruments of corruption, private interests and various forms of abuse.“Wealth and power are realities which can be good and useful for the common good, if they are put at the service of the poor and of everyone, with justice and charity,” the Pope said Feb. 24.However, when they are … [Read more...]

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The painful, resilient history of America’s black Catholics

Washington D.C., Feb 24, 2016 / 03:12 am (CNA).- For Fr. Stephen Thorne, Black History Month is not only a chance to remember the struggles faced by the African-American community throughout the centuries.It’s also an opportunity to learn from the witness of one of the oldest communities of Catholics in the U.S.This witness of Black Catholics, in the face of discrimination and animus, is a gift all Catholics can learn from, said Fr. Thorne, an African-American priest in the … [Read more...]

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