Italian bishop’s abortion clinic remark draws criticism

Florence, Italy, May 16, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian bishop's comment that appeared to denigrate pro-life advocates who pray at abortion clinics drew criticism from a pro-life leader in the U.K., who said their witness helps save lives. Bishop Nunzio Galantino of Cassano all'Jonio, who is also secretary-general of the Italian bishops' conference, told the Florentine newspaper La Nazione May 12 that “I don’t identify with the expressionless person who … [Read more...]

Focolare movement still working for goal of a united world, leader says

Rome, Italy, May 16, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA).- Ecclesial movements’ work to promote peace should be “an effort to witness” that it is possible, according to Maria Voce, president of the Focolare movement. Voce spoke with CNA May 14, at the end of her trip around the world to visit Focolare communities and to preparing for the movement’s assembly, which will take place Sept. 1-28. The assembly will lead to the election of a new president and board, six years after the … [Read more...]

Pornography faulted as a root of human trafficking

Washington D.C., May 15, 2014 / 05:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An expert in combating human trafficking urged congressmen last week to focus their efforts against the scourge on reducing the demand for commercialized sex, including pornography. Laila Mickelwait, manager of policy and public affairs for Exodus Cry, an international anti-human trafficking organization, told CNA May 9 that while it is important to “rescue and rehabilitate” victims of human trafficking, “work of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis decries arms trade as hindrance to peace

Vatican City, May 15, 2014 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Upon receiving the credentials of seven new ambassadors to the Holy See, Pope Francis urged the diplomats to work for peace, particularly by the eradication of the arms trade and forced migration due to conflict. “It would be an absurd contradiction to speak about peace, to negotiate peace, and at the same time promote and permit the arms trade,” the Pope told the new ambassadors in his May 15 address. Pope Francis … [Read more...]

A Christian without the Church is purely idealistic, Pope says

Vatican City, May 15, 2014 / 07:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis reflected in his daily Mass on how the apostles evangelized by first telling the history of God’s people, explaining that it’s impossible to understand a Christian without this association.      “You cannot understand a Christian outside of the people of God. The Christian is not a monad,” but “belongs to a people: the Church,” the Pope observed in his May 15 … [Read more...]

Russian prison chaplain witnesses stories of conversion, hope

Moscow, Russia, May 15, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite its challenges, prison ministry in the Russian Federation is an important apostolate, changing lives and leading to conversions, a local Orthodox priest recounted to a Catholic charity. “When we started our pastoral work in the prison in 1998 we only had a small room in the washhouse to pray in,” Fr. Igor Pokrovskij recently told Aid to the Church in Need. “Six months later a group of them already met … [Read more...]

Warren Buffett’s billion-dollar abortion funding draws fire

Washington D.C., May 15, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life advocates have drawn attention to a report showing that businessman Warren Buffett’s charitable foundation has given more than $1.2 billion to abortion providers and advocacy groups. Buffett is “ensuring the destruction of millions of children worldwide,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, told the Media Research Center’s Culture and Media Institute. She characterized … [Read more...]