Catholic leaders recall Mandela’s complicated legacy

Washington D.C., Dec 7, 2013 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Church leaders in the United States offered prayers for the late Nelson Mandela, remembering both his courageous anti-apartheid leadership and his promotion of one of the world’s most liberal abortion laws. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, called Mandela “a hero to the world.” “His bravery in defending human rights against the great evil of apartheid made him a symbol of courage and dignity, … [Read more...]

Pope says early Christians a model for ‘digital age’ Church

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2013 / 11:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today Pope Francis met with members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity who had gathered to discuss the theme, “Announcing Christ in the digital age.”“The internet is a widespread reality, complex and in continual evolution, and its development re-proposes the ever-present question of the relationship between faith and culture,” the Pope said Dec. 7 to the participants of the council’s 26th plenary … [Read more...]

DC health plans accused of illegally funding abortion

Washington D.C., Dec 7, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Obama administration is being accused of violating federal law by directing members of Congress and congressional staff to over 100 health insurance plans that pay for elective abortions. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said the abortion-providing health care plans show that President Obama’s 2010 health care legislation is an “abortion mandate” that “violates federal law and makes taxpayers complicit in the … [Read more...]

Jesuit theologian remembered for scholarship, joyfulness

St. Louis, Mo., Dec 6, 2013 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic theologian and professor Father Edward T. Oakes, S.J. died in St. Louis Dec. 6, prompting his colleagues to remember his work in Christology, his wit, and his lasting effect on students. “Fr. Oakes was a unique scholar, largely because of his Jesuit background in Classics, where he was able to really do theology within the full richness and the full texture of the Western intellectual tradition,” Fr. Thomas Baima, … [Read more...]

Sri Lankan Catholics bid farewell to former apostolic nuncio

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Dec 6, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops, priests, and religious of Sri Lanka celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving Dec. 2 to show appreciation for their former apostolic nuncio, who has been appointed nuncio to Ivory Coast. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo and president of the Sri Lankan bishops' conference, thanked Archbishop Joseph Spiteri for his valuable contributions to the Catholics of Sri Lanka, where he had been apostolic nuncio since … [Read more...]

Vatican group for minors’ protection may work with Jesuit center

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2013 / 01:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church's latest step toward the prevention of the sexual abuse of minors is the newly-announced Vatican commission, which is expected to collaborate with the Jesuit-run Centre for Child Protection. “The task of the new commission will be greater than what the Centre for Child Protection would ever be able to realize,” the center's president, Fr. Hans Zollner, told CNA Dec. 6. “We take care of delivering a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis lauds Mandela’s creation of a ‘new South Africa’

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2013 / 11:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Pope Francis issued a letter offering condolences to his family and praising the politician’s commitment to promoting human dignity. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the South African revolutionary who headed the country’s anti-apartheid movement, fighting to replace it with a multiracial democracy, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the age of 95 in his Johannesburg … [Read more...]


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