UN report shows reform efforts in Church, observers say

Washington D.C., May 23, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.N. anti-torture committee’s report on the Holy See recognized Church efforts to combat sex abuse, but some problems in the committee’s approach risk undermining international treaty agreements, observers said. “It is encouraging to see the Committee Against Torture affirm and praise the important reforms the Church has put into place to protect children and its ongoing commitment to those reforms,” Ashley … [Read more...]

Holy See did not violate torture convention, UN committee says

Geneva, Switzerland, May 23, 2014 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.N. anti-torture committee report has said that the Holy See did not violate the international Convention Against Torture. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations in Geneva, told Vatican Radio the committee’s observations are “an acknowledgement of the good faith efforts of the Holy See to comply (with) always and to advance the … [Read more...]

The Official Motto of Pope’s Pilgrimage: ‘That they may be one’

Jerusalem, Israel, May 23, 2014 / 01:36 pm (CNA).- The leaders of the Catholic communities in Israel, Jordan and Cyprus have chosen the logo and motto for the Pope's pilgrimage which will begin on Saturday, May 24. The motto is ¨That they may be one¨ and the logo presents the two Apostles and brothers Saint Peter and Saint Andrew embracing. The Holy Land Review reports that the logo and motto were presented at the recent Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land, celebrated … [Read more...]

CNA will bring your prayer intentions to the Holy Land

Jerusalem, Israel, May 23, 2014 / 01:28 pm (CNA).- CNA's special coverage team has arrived in the Holy Land for Pope Francis' historic visit. This weekend they will be bringing the prayer intentions of our readers to Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre. Readers who wish to share their intentions can write them in the comment section of this page. Those that follow CNA on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram can also do so by using the hashtag #CNAprayer with their intention. In addition, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis entrusts Holy Land trip to Virgin Mary

Rome, Italy, May 23, 2014 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis privately visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome this morning to pray and entrust to the Virgin Mary his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. After 15 minutes of meditation and prayer before the image of Mary known as Salus Populi Romani, Pope Francisco offered a bouquet of white and yellow roses at the feet of the Virgin. Since the beginning of his papal ministry in March 2013, this is the eighth visit Pope Francis has … [Read more...]

Pope’s Yad Veshem visit lauded for interreligious significance

Jerusalem, Israel, May 23, 2014 / 09:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A local youth has praised Pope Francis’ decision to visit Jerusalem’s Yad Veshem holocaust memorial during his Holy Land trip, saying that it raises awareness to what the Jewish community suffered. “It’s very important that other religious people will visit this site. I mean it’s not only for Jews, but also for other cultures to see what it was,” a young man named Shai told CNA May 23. “I … [Read more...]

Nigerian bishop calls on global community to fight Boko Haram

Jos, Nigeria, May 23, 2014 / 07:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One day after bombings in his city killed nearly 120, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, has called on the international community to take tangible steps in helping to defeat a radical Islamist group. Two bombs went off in Jos, capital of Nigeria’s centrally located Plateau State, on May 20. One blast was in a market, and the other was outside a nearby hospital. At least 118 people were killed, and 56 injured. The second … [Read more...]