Cardinal O’Malley: UN report showed ideological influence

Boston, Mass., Feb 11, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A United Nations commission report on the Vatican’s response to abuse of children was not “fair or particularly helpful,” but took an “ideological” approach, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has said. In a Feb. 7 post on his blog, Cardinal O’Malley said that he was “surprised” to read accounts of the recent report on the Holy See issued by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the … [Read more...]

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Oil tanker strikes, knocks down, St. Anne statue in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand, Feb 11, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A landmark 26 foot Thai statue of St. Anne revered by local fishermen was knocked down last week, after being hit by a oil tanker. The statue depicting St. Anne with the child Mary was located near the pier at Samut Sakhon, a port city on the Bay of Bangkok some 26 miles from the Thai capital. It was hit by an oil tanker Feb. 6, and was knocked down from its perch above the Tha Chin river estuary. The ship ran directly against … [Read more...]

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Colombian bishops emphasize family, poverty as elections approach

Bogotá, Colombia, Feb 10, 2014 / 07:45 pm (CNA).- The Bishops' Conference of Colombia has released a voter's guide focused on life, family and poverty as the country prepares for upcoming congressional and presidential elections. Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez, president of the conference, presented the statement during a press conference at the conclusion of the bishops’ 96th Plenary Assembly last week. In choosing leaders, the bishops said, voters should take into account the … [Read more...]

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Christian aid group zeros-in on helping South Sudan victims

Washington D.C., Feb 10, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian aid organization Sudan Relief Fund is helping thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons with supply water and other life-saving assistance after devastating conflict in the country. “We are changing focus” to help the Southern region more directly, Neil Corkery, the group's executive director told CNA in a  Feb. 7 interview. While the organization is continuing its development projects … [Read more...]

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Pope: Marriage cannot be based simply on emotional satisfaction

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2014 / 02:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to the Polish bishops last week, Pope Francis encouraged a stronger understanding of marriage, accompanied by a merciful attitude toward those in difficult family situations. “Today marriage tends to be viewed as a form of mere emotional satisfaction that can be constructed in any way or modified at will,” the Pope said. “Unfortunately this vision also influences the mentality of Christians, promoting a … [Read more...]

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New Orleans archdiocese to boycott abortion clinic collaborators

New Orleans, La., Feb 10, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans said his archdiocese will not conduct business with individuals or organizations whose work is essential to the construction of a new Planned Parenthood clinic that could perform up to 30 abortions per day. “We hope that the community invested in the City of New Orleans and in her future will join us in standing for life, not more abortion,” the archbishop said in his Jan. 27 … [Read more...]

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Pope affirms that Mass is more than a mere ‘representation’

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2014 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of the Liturgy, highlighting how it is a real participation in Jesus’ presence, and encouraged all to enter more fully into the mystery of the Mass. “When we celebrate the Mass, we don’t accomplish a representation of the Last Supper: no, it is not a representation. It is something else: it is the Last Supper itself,” the Pope explained in his Feb. 10 … [Read more...]

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