Much remains to be done, but Vatican-China relations may be improving

Vatican City, Feb 5, 2015 / 12:03 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Despite the recent death of a long-imprisoned Chinese bishop, there are mixed signals suggesting the People's Republic of China wills an improved relationship with the Holy See. The first of these was the response from the Chinese foreign ministry to the telegram sent by Pope Francis to Xi Jinpin -- president of mainland China -- during his flight from the Philippines to Rome, which crossed through Chinese airspace. And … [Read more...]

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Controversial or consistent? San Fran archdiocese weighs in on teacher rules

San Francisco, Calif., Feb 4, 2015 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of San Francisco says that far from being condemnatory, the morality clauses in its new teacher handbook are meant to help Catholic educators understand the richness and coherence of Church teaching – and follow it. “Because we live in a very secular society, the truth as revealed by God gets overshadowed by popular ideology,” Maureen Huntington, superintendent of the archdiocese's Catholic … [Read more...]

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After pilot’s heinous execution, Jordan’s Christians pray for religious harmony

Amman, Jordan, Feb 4, 2015 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians in Jordan have responded to the Islamic State's gruesome execution of a captured Jordanian pilot with sorrow, calling for prayer and religious and national unity. Father Rifat Bader, general director of the Jordan-based Catholic Center for Studies and Media, said the Christian churches of Jordan conveyed their “deep sorrow and sadness” over Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh’s execution, which Fr. Bader characterized … [Read more...]

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EWTN to appeals court: religious freedom at stake in HHS mandate case

Atlanta, Ga., Feb 4, 2015 / 02:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal appeals court heard oral arguments Wednesday over whether the EWTN Global Catholic Network should be required to abide by the federal contraception mandate in violation of its religious convictions. “This is about the broader issue of religious freedom,” said Michael Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN, after the hearing. “We have a right to be able to bring our faith to bear on everything we do, on every … [Read more...]

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The best thing parents can give their children? Wisdom, Pope says

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2015 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said the role of parents is to teach their children with patience, gentleness, firmness and encouragement. “Every family needs a father. A father who doesn't boast of having a child be like him, but is glad to learn righteousness and wisdom, which is the only thing that counts in life,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall for his Feb. 4 general … [Read more...]

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Political instability, war, and terrorism know no borders – Vatican official

Monaco, Feb 4, 2015 / 11:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Vatican's Secretary of State addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean on Monday regarding the shared challenge of migration, Italy's Red Cross announced it is awarding the people of Lampedusa for their commitment to welcoming African emigrants. Lampedusa is a small Italian island, closer to Tunisia than it is to Sicily. The island is the primary destination for immigrants to Europe who are fleeing conflict and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis urges end to scandal of ‘fratricidal’ violence in Ukraine

Vatican City, Feb 4, 2015 / 07:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the number of deaths in Ukraine continue to rise amid escalating violence, Pope Francis has called the war “a scandal,” and urged the international community to “make every effort” for peace. “My thoughts turn again to the beloved Ukrainian people. Unfortunately the situation is getting worse (as is) the grave opposition between parties,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Paul VI … [Read more...]

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