Archive of October 17, 2014 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 17, 2014

Vindicated: why a maligned Pope will be beatified

Oct 17, 2014 - 05:15 pm .- He had the unenviable task of being Pope during a most “tumultuous” era for the Church, but  Paul VI stood “deeply rooted in Christ” through it all, a theology professor has said.

Will Boko Haram honor a ceasefire? Probably not.

Oct 17, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- A reputed ceasefire and agreement to return scores of abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria merit skepticism given Boko Haram’s violent ideology and the previous failures of the Nigerian government, one observer says.

Kasper's comments breed online controversy over racism charges

Oct 17, 2014 - 04:42 pm .- Cardinal Walter Kasper’s interview dismissing the perspective of African bishops at the Synod on the Family has added fuel to the fire of speculation over other questionable comments from the cardinal.

A historical faith – studying history through a Catholic lens

Oct 17, 2014 - 03:41 pm .- The study of history is an opportunity to unite faith and reason and to recover a distinctly Catholic perspective that sees God acting in the past, present and future, the authors of a new book say.  

Holy Spirit gives the seal of eternal life, Pope Francis reflects

Oct 17, 2014 - 12:55 pm .- In his Mass on Friday, Pope Francis said eternal life begins when we are sealed with the Holy Spirit, and cautioned attendees against “dulling down” this identity by being hypocritical in our faith.

Synod small groups want more positivity, less ambiguity

Oct 17, 2014 - 11:46 am .- The synod’s small groups released their conclusions regarding the meeting’s mid-term report on Thursday, calling for clarification of several phrases and a more positive look at the family in light of scripture.

Amid criticism, Cardinal Marx supports synod's midterm report

Oct 17, 2014 - 11:22 am .- Even though the Synod on the Family's midterm relatio was widely criticized by the bishops' small groups, Cardinal Reinhard Marx affirmed it only needs to be balanced, while speaking at Friday's synod press briefing.

Fertility treatments fall short of expectations

Oct 17, 2014 - 04:04 am .- Tech giants’ new policies offering egg freezing options as a work benefit overlook the technique’s “highly problematic” failure rates and risks to potential children, says a leading ethicist in the field.

From bad to worse – religious persecution growing in China

Oct 17, 2014 - 02:09 am .- The state of religious freedom in China is moving from bad to worse, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), responding to a new report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.  

Latvia turns heads in synod with strong witness of marriage

Oct 17, 2014 - 12:03 am .- In synod discussions last week, the Baltic nation of Latvia caught the attention many synod fathers, who were keen to hear why the number of divorces among their Catholic population is so low.