Don’t reduce the faith to easy answers, Pope warns bishops

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 09:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A deep understanding of our identity as Christians is needed to combat the modern tendency to reduce the faith to superficiality, Pope Francis told 68 bishops from 35 countries gathered during his trip to South Korea. “Without a grounding in Christ, the truths by which we live our lives can gradually recede, the practice of the virtues can become formalistic, and dialogue can be reduced to a form of negotiation or an … [Read more...]

Pope Francis prays at Korean cemetery for aborted babies

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 07:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- En route from visiting a rehabilitation center in Kkottognae and on his way to meet with Korean religious, Pope Francis stopped and prayed for a few minutes at local cemetery for aborted children. The Holy Father got out of the Kia Pope Mobile in which he was being transported to pray at this location, accompanied by a Korean Bishop and a priest acting as his translator. With his hands clasped together, Pope Francis prayed in … [Read more...]

Ethicist: IVF mix-up shows danger of artificial reproduction

Washington D.C., Aug 16, 2014 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The accidental swapping of children conceived through IVF procedures before implantation, which recently occurred in Italy, points to the moral pitfalls surrounding artificial reproduction, some ethicists say. Brendan Foht, assistant editor of the bioethics journal “The New Atlantis”, told CNA that “this kind of mix-up is just the sort of thing that is liable to happen when you have human life being made and stored … [Read more...]

Koreans electric with joy over visit of Pope Francis

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has received a warm welcome from the Korean people, many of whom praise him for his acts of compassion, stating that he has the power to provoke a change for the better. “He is a symbol of hope that life is still beautiful. As I saw Pope Francis, I felt like Jesus came to save us,” Jinhee Yu told CNA after participating in the pontiff’s Aug. 16 Mass of beatification for 124 Korean … [Read more...]

Calls for peace abound after shooting of Missouri teenager

St. Louis, Mo., Aug 16, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid protests and heavy police action following the shooting of the teenaged Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., political and faith leaders have called for peace and just action from both civilians and police forces. “These scenes in the communities of Ferguson and Dellwood reflect the current state of our country and world,” wrote Fr. Art Cavitt, executive director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center in St. Louis and resident of … [Read more...]

Pope: Crisis in family calls on Church for better outreach

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 03:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told South Korea's lay leaders during his visit to the country that the modern breakdown of families should spur greater outreach and catechesis to married couples and their children. “At a time of great crisis for family life, our Christian communities are called to support married couples and families in fulfilling their proper mission in the life of the Church and society,” he said Aug. 16 at the … [Read more...]

Only a joyful witness will attract, Pope tells religious

Kkottongnae, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 03:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing the religious communities of Korea, Pope Francis urged a deep reliance on the mercy of God and a focus on community life in transmitting the joy of the Gospel to the world. “Only if our witness is joyful will we attract men and women to Christ,” the Holy Father told a gathering of religious brothers and sisters in South Korea. “And this joy is a gift which is nourished by a life of prayer, … [Read more...]