Fostering close ties: what family life teaches us about communication

Vatican City, Jan 23, 2015 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis chose the family as his theme for this year’s World Communications Day, saying that as the first place we learn to communicate, families teach us to go out of ourselves and encounter others.   “In the family, we learn to embrace and support one another, to discern the meaning of facial expressions and moments of silence, to laugh and cry together,” the Pope said in his Jan. 23 message for the 49th World … [Read more...]

Leading Iraqi Christian calls on Muslims to confront ‘culture of hatred’

Baghdad, Iraq, Jan 23, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon has encouraged Iraqi Muslims to confront violent extremists, stressing the need to return to peaceful coexistence despite present threats in the country. “At this point, there is no other future for us than living together in peace, harmony and cooperation,” he said in a Jan. 17 talk delivered to the Iraqi Center for Diversity Management. Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has witnessed the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis completes new Vatican office to tackle clergy abuse

Vatican City, Jan 23, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis completed the membership of the new Vatican body with responsibility for dealing with clerical sex abuse on Wednesday,  marking a further step in providing adequate procedures to insure justice for all the victims. The body is a specific office within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that will deal with 'delicta graviora', or 'more grave crimes'. These are the most serious crimes in the … [Read more...]

March for Life 2015 unites ‘pro-life generation’

Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2015 / 05:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “We are the pro-life generation! We are the pro-life generation!” The chant could be heard along Constitution Avenue, as cold weather in the nation’s capital did not deter the masses from taking part in the 2015 March for Life. The massive crowds – consisting largely of young people – swarmed downtown Washington, D.C., praying, marching and witnessing to life. Crowds were estimated at upwards of … [Read more...]

Pius XII helped Jews in Rome – and an Italian historian has the evidence

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2015 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian historian has found evidence that Venerable Pius XII’s order to open the doors to Jewish refugees was delivered to two enclosed monasteries in Rome, “L’Osservatore Romano” wrote on Wednesday. In its Jan. 21 issue, the Vatican newspaper mentioned the latest paper of the historian Antonello Carvigiani published in the magazine “Storia Contemporanea.” As no written order from Pius XII to … [Read more...]

Democrat, feminist, atheist – the growing face of the pro-life movement

Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2015 / 05:22 pm (CNA).- This isn’t your father’s pro-life movement. A group of young activists is challenging the pro-life stereotype so as to broaden its audience, a move it sees as necessary to achieve a “culture of life.” “We’re seeing more and more non-traditional pro-lifers,” explained Aimee Murphy of Life Matters Journal, the leader of the newly-minted Pro-Life Allies Coalition. This coalition of groups currently … [Read more...]

Masses suspended in Niger due to church burnings

Niamey, Niger, Jan 22, 2015 / 04:32 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Niger have canceled Masses and activities at Catholic schools, health care facilities and charity outreaches after Muslim extremists set fire to dozens of churches across the country. Reports indicate that more than 40 churches were torched over the weekend to protest the new caricatures of Mohammed published by the Charlie Hebdo magazine in its latest edition. The publication of the images is a response to an attack on the … [Read more...]