Blogger recounts motherhood as spark that led to conversion

Denver, Colo., Jul 18, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The conversion from atheism to Catholicism was a rewarding journey full of triumph and trial for Jennifer Fulwiler, as outlined in her recent book, “Something Other Than God.” Fulwiler told CNA that “before we were Catholic, we were caught up in a very selfish worldview.” Although they were not trying to be selfish, she explained, atheism contained “a worldview where the self was the center of … [Read more...]

Vatican bank starts second phase of reform effort

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2014 / 08:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Institute for Religious Works, or 'Vatican Bank', has released its annual report for 2013, announcing the start of the second phase of its intended reform. Ernst von Freyberg, the outgoing president of the institute’s board, said it will “continue to serve with prudence” and provide specialized financial services to the Church around the world. “The valuable services that can be offered by the … [Read more...]

Millions of African children orphaned by violence, AIDS

Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Tens of millions of African orphans are in need of support and care from a loving, stable family said experts testifying at a D.C. congressional hearing on the orphan crisis on the continent. “Behind every statistic about orphaned children, behind the pie charts and graphs, there is also a portrait in miniature,” said Congressman Chris Smith (R- N.J.), “a lonely child who is left without a mother or a father, perhaps … [Read more...]

Minn. archdiocese suggests dispute with sex abuse affidavit

Minneapolis, Minn., Jul 17, 2014 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An auxiliary bishop of the Saint Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese says the affidavit of a former chancellor on the handling of sex abuse allegations is not necessarily consistent with the view of others involved. “Her recollections are not always shared by others within the archdiocese,” Bishop Andrew Cozzens said July 15 of the affidavit filed by Jennifer Haselberger – who was chancellor of the archdiocese from … [Read more...]

Papal trip to Korea should renew local Churches, priest says

Rome, Italy, Jul 17, 2014 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the run up to Pope Francis visit to South Korea next month, a Korean priest said he expects ground breaking changes there in terms of peace and the Church’s service to society. “The Koreans are very excited and full with joy,” Fr. Denis Kim, S.J., a professor of sociology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, told CNA. “There is also an expectation for a renewal of the Church in Korea. In other words, the … [Read more...]

Ramadan fasting ban in China draws criticism

Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA).- A Chinese province’s ban on the observance of the Ramadan fast among Muslim university students ignores the importance that religion can have for its followers, an American Muslim religious freedom advocate said. “Religion is a fundamental human right. It is a fundamental aspect of humanity that gives our lives meaning,” Asma Uddin, legal counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said July 16. “Religion … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to make two trips to Italian city of Caserta

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2014 / 07:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican confirmed today that Pope Francis will travel twice to the city where an evangelical pastor from Buenos Aires is living, in order to meet with local Catholics in addition to visiting his old friend. In a statement released July 17, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has added a day onto his already-planned trip to the city of Caserta in the Campania region of Italy to visit Pastor Giovanni Traettino, who is an old friend … [Read more...]