LA immigrant kids implore Pope to help detained parents

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 17, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Immigrant children in California have written heartfelt letters to Pope Francis seeking his help and his prayers for their parents who have been deported or arrested. “They know that Pope Francis himself is the son of an immigrant. They know that he has the heart to understand what they are going through,” Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez said Jan. 14. The archbishop said that reading the letters … [Read more...]

Supreme Court hears abortion zone case, declines 20-week ban

Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2014 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court will rule this year on a case involving “buffer zones” outside abortion clinics, but it has declined to hear a case on state abortion bans after 20 weeks of pregnancy. On Jan. 15, the court heard oral arguments in McCullen v. Coakley, a case challenging a Massachusetts state law requiring a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, in which protestors and pro-life counselors may not enter to speak with … [Read more...]

Haiti encounters hope, challenges four years after devastation

Port au Prince, Haiti, Jan 16, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Four years after a desolating earthquake affected millions in Haiti, Catholic Relief Services continues to help the nation move from recovery to addressing social concerns that pre-dated the catastrophe. “You can't help but have great love for Haitians,” Darren Hercyk, Catholic Relief Services' Country Representative for Haiti based in Port-au-Prince, told CNA Jan. 15. In Haiti, he said, there are … [Read more...]

Argentine rabbi: Pope’s visit to Holy Land could foster peace

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan 16, 2014 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, believes that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the Holy Land is a chance to bring a message of peace to the world. The rabbi, who is a close friend of the Pope from Argentina, said he received news of the Holy Father's May 24-26 visit to the Holy Land “with great joy.” “We dreamed of this visit to the Holy Land, to Israel in … [Read more...]

Protecting children is Church priority, Vatican officials tell UN

Geneva, Switzerland, Jan 16, 2014 / 12:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Violence against children and child exploitation are “crimes” and Pope Francis is working to protect children from the “scourge” of sex abuse, leading Vatican figures told a U.N. committee on Jan. 16. “There is no excuse for any form of violence or exploitation of children,” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said to a Jan. 16 hearing of the U.N. committee that oversees the implementation of the … [Read more...]

New members of the Vatican bank cardinals’ commission named

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2014 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Commission of Cardinals overseeing the Institute for the Works of Religion, or “Vatican bank”, were named on Wednesday; of the five existing members, only one was confirmed in his post. The five current members are Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, Archbishop of Vienna; Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto; Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; Cardinal Santos … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: scandals ‘poison’ and deny the ‘bread of life’

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2014 / 08:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis addressed the issue of various scandals that happen within the Church, emphasizing that they occur when we no longer have a true relationship with God. When we are corrupt “we do not give the Bread of Life to eat,” the Pope explained in this Jan. 16 daily Mass, but “many times, we…offer a poisoned meal!” The pontiff centered his homily, addressed to those present in the … [Read more...]