Sodalitium Christianae Vitae issues statement in wake of accusations

Lima, Peru, Oct 22, 2015 / 03:56 pm (CNA).- The Sodalitium Christianae Vitae issued a statement on Wednesday announcing its commitment to the investigation of mistreatement, including sexual abuse, allegedly committed by its founder. The Oct. 21 statement was released after the publication in Peru of a book containing testimonies against Luis Fernando Figari, founder of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae. “The testimonies refer to acts of abuse and mistreatment, including sexual abuse. … [Read more...]

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The saint and the synod – John Paul II’s legacy still seen in Church teaching

Vatican City, Oct 22, 2015 / 03:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Though it has been more than 10 years since the death of Pope John Paul II, the saint’s impact can still be seen in those working to uphold Church teaching at the Synod on the Family, said his former secretary. “The teaching of the magisterium of the Church and of John Paul II is always current,” said Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki of Lviv. He told CNA that the words and writings of St. John Paul II are being … [Read more...]

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Updated: Pope Francis creates Vatican office combining laity, family, life issues

Vatican City, Oct 22, 2015 / 11:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis announced Thursday to the Synod on the Family that he has chosen to establish a new office in the Roman Curia that will deal with issues of laity, family, and life, as part of his reform of the curia. “I have decided to establish a new Dicastery with competency for Laity, Family and Life, that will replace the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Council for the Family,” Pope Francis said Oct. 22, … [Read more...]

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Spain’s socialist party would ban religion classes – even in private schools

Madrid, Spain, Oct 22, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Spain prepares for its general election in December, Pedro Sánchez, the leader of the nation's socialist party, has said that if elected his government will pull religion courses from both public and private schools. Sánchez leads the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), the largest opposition party in the nation. General elections will take place Dec. 20, for all the seats in the lower house of Spain's … [Read more...]

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Aid for Syrian refugee crisis falls far short, Congress told

Washington D.C., Oct 22, 2015 / 03:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although numerous countries and organizations are working together and putting billions of dollars into relief efforts, “the scale of suffering has outpaced their ability to respond,” said Catholic Relief Services COO Sean Callahan. “Despite these generous responses, the exodus to Europe cries out that so much more must be done,” Callahan told members of Congress on Tuesday. Over the last three years, … [Read more...]

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Holy See urges UN to ban nuclear weapons, work towards peace

New York City, N.Y., Oct 22, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Citing Pope Francis' recent words on avoiding war and promoting peaceful coexistence between nations, the Holy See addressed the United Nations general assembly last Friday, urging them to ban nuclear weapons around the world and take more serious steps to promote peace programs. "As the twenty-first century unfolds, it is becoming ever clearer that war does not and cannot resolve conflict," stated Archbishop … [Read more...]

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At UN, Holy See delegation speaks up for indigenous peoples

New York City, N.Y., Oct 21, 2015 / 04:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See’s delegation to the United Nations reminded policymakers on Monday to listen to indigenous peoples’ concerns in efforts to protect the environment and achieve sustainable development. “Their input in the decision-making process is vital, because the very survival of their identity and heritage could be at stake,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the apostolic nuncio heading the Holy See’s … [Read more...]

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