Archive of April 9, 2018

Priest killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, another freed

Apr 9, 2018 - 07:00 pm .- Armed men burst into a church meeting room in the North Kivu region April 8 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and killed 38-year-old Fr. Étienne Sengiyumva, the parish pastor.

Not defending life? Pope Francis won’t let you off the hook, experts say

Apr 9, 2018 - 05:38 pm .- The latest exhortation from Pope Francis has made headlines for its claims about the importance of defending the value of all human lives: the unborn, the poor, and the immigrant. But Gaudete et exsultate’s broad emphasis isn’t an excuse for Catholics to avoid confronting the evil of abortion, several commentators told CNA.

Africans stand for life in UN battles over reproductive health

Apr 9, 2018 - 04:27 pm .- African Catholics remained concerned about a push from Western leaders to promote abortion and contraception in Africa in the name of economic development, especially as the United Nations Commission on Population and Development began its annual meeting Monday.

Legalizing assisted suicide harms those with depression, Hawaii bishop says

Apr 9, 2018 - 04:24 pm .- Hawaii became last week the most recent US state to legalize assisted suicide, and the islands' bishop has written about the shortsightedness of permitting some residents to end their lives.

Pope prays for peace amid escalating violence in Gaza

Apr 9, 2018 - 02:55 pm .- At least eight Palestinians were killed and hundreds more injured by Israeli military forces last week, during the second week of protests on the Gaza-Israel border.

Commentary: Reading Pope Francis in love

Apr 9, 2018 - 11:43 am .- In his first homily as pope, Francis quoted Leon Bloy, the French convert, author, and mystic who has influenced some of modernity’s most significant literary voices. Gaudete et exsultate, the pope's newly released apostolic exhortation, again turns to Bloy, invoking the writer’s famous observation that “the only great tragedy in life is not to become a saint.”

Pope Francis issues exhortation praising the ‘middle class’ of holiness

Apr 9, 2018 - 09:56 am .- Pope Francis released the apostolic exhortation Gaudete et exsultate in which he aims to “repropose” the universal call to holiness – which he says is the mission of life for every person.