De-humanization the most pressing issue of today, expert says

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2013 / 07:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A gathering of researchers and scientists convened in Rome to discuss some of the greatest threats to humanity, identifying the tendency to view persons as less than human as a key factor. “Human beings no longer are looked upon as persons, but as sources of raw material to help those who are the rich and the powerful,” said Dr. Jonathan Haas, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. The academy – which works to … [Read more...]

Ave Maria University reduces tuition to ease burden on families

Naples, Fla., Oct 3, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Citing a desire to ease financial pressures on parents and students, Ave Maria University in Naples, Fla., has announced that it will reduce its annual undergraduate tuition for new students by $5,000 next year.“I think that all Catholic colleges and universities should do soul-searching these days about what they’re charging,” Jim Towey, president of Ave Maria University, told CNA Oct. 1.“The fact is, … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput lauds Pope’s display of God’s tenderness

Philadelphia, Pa., Oct 3, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ papacy has been marked by a distinct emphasis on the poor and a unique ability to convey God’s tenderness, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said Oct. 1 at the seminary of his archdiocese. “Anyone hoping for - or worried about - a break by Pope Francis from Catholic teaching on matters of substance is going to be mistaken,” the archbishop said at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in … [Read more...]

Pastor laments vandalism at Buenos Aires parish

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct 3, 2013 / 12:56 am (CNA).- Father Francisco Baigorria, pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola parish in Buenos Aires, has expressed sadness and concern over the Sept. 25 desecration of his church, reportedly by students from a near-by high school.“This has caused tremendous spiritual and moral harm, because they committed sacrilege,” Fr. Baigorria told AICA news agency that day.The students destroyed numerous artifacts in the parish, among the oldest in … [Read more...]

Chinese pro-life activist awarded human rights fellowships

Washington D.C., Oct 2, 2013 / 06:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Chinese pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng has announced a new three-year partnership with the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., as well as with two other human rights groups.The blind human rights advocate will also partner with the Witherspoon Institute, a non-profit organization focused on moral reasoning in a free society, and the Lantos Foundation, a human rights organization which promotes the advance of human … [Read more...]

New book collects memories of Pope Francis from Argentina

Denver, Colo., Oct 2, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- A new book on the Holy Father gathers insights and recollections from 20 people across Argentina who knew Pope Francis as a seminarian, priest and bishop in Buenos Aires.“A Pope who is constantly surprising people with his gestures, words and teachings comes from somewhere, has a background,” said editor and translator Alejandro Bermudez, “and that's what the book tries to explore.”“Pope Francis: Our Brother, … [Read more...]

Bishops urge humility, care in resolving government shutdown

Washington D.C., Oct 2, 2013 / 03:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reacting to the federal government shutdown, the U.S. bishops cited Pope Francis’ advice to leaders that they cannot govern well “without loving the people and without humility.”“Do I love my people in order to serve them better? Am I humble and do I listen to everybody, to diverse opinions in order to choose the best path?” the Pope asked government leaders in his homily at a Sept. 16 daily Mass. … [Read more...]