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Vatican City, Jan 12, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his new book on God's mercy, Pope Francis explains that his oft-quoted words “who am I to judge”, about a homosexual person who is searching for the Lord with a good will, is simply his reflection on Church teaching found in the catechism.The Name of God is Mercy, to be released Jan. 12, is a book-length interview of Pope Francis by Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli. The book is meant to “reveal the heart of Francis and his vision,” according to Tornielli's foreward. He had wanted to ask the Pope about mercy and forgiveness, “to analyze what those words mean to him, as a man and a priest.”The journalist asked Pope Francis about his experience as a confessor to homosexual persons and about his “who am I to judge” comment, made during his in-flight press conference from Rio de Janeiro to Rome July 28, 2013.“On that occasion I said this:  If a person is gay an...
Washington D.C., Jan 12, 2016 / 02:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Surrogate pregnancy is back in the news with two high profile cases where two different surrogate mothers of triplets rejected requests to have abortions. And one organization is responding by saying the practice is so unethical it should be banned.“The problems with surrogacy aren’t limited just to here in the U.S. – they’re universal,” said Christopher White, director of research and education at the California-based Center for Bioethics and Culture.White’s organization advocates for a complete ban on surrogacy. He said surrogacy “commodifies human life” and exploits women, especially those from a low socio-economic status. “It’s indistinguishable from the buying and selling of life,” he told CNA Jan. 8. “Many of the children conceived through surrogacy can’t help but to feel as if they are mere products and that they were brought into exist...
(Vatican Radio) The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano remembered David Bowie in its Tuesday edition, saying the influential rock star was “never banal.”David Bowie died from cancer on Sunday, at the age of sixty-nine. His 25th album – Blackstar – was released just two days before his death.The newspaper noted Bowie’s five decade career “combined rock music with an artistic rigour” which seemed to contradict the “ambiguous image” he used early in his career to “attract the attention of the media.”“One might even say that, beyond the apparent excesses, the legacy of David Bowie” – the article reads – “is surrounded by its own sort of personal sobriety, expressed even in his lean – almost threadlike – physique.”The newspaper went on to say Bowie was “never dull,” and credited his frequent incursions in other art forms such as painting, the...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday afternoon received the first copy of the Italian edition of his book-length interview with journalist Andrea Tornielli, entitled The Name of God is Mercy.  Marina Berlusconi, the President of the Mondadori Group, hand delivered the book to the Holy Father in the Casa Santa Marta. Also present were Andrea Tornielli, the Vatican correspondent for the newspaper La Stampa, who also edits the newspaper’s Vatican Insider website; Ernesto Mauri, the chief executive of the Mondadori Group;  Enrico Selva Codde, managing director of Mondadori books; as well as other representatives of Mondadori and the Piemme imprint.The book was officially released on Tuesday, and is available in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese. During the interview, Pope Francis answered 40 questions, which have been divided into 9 chapters.
ISTANBUL (AP) -- A suicide bomber affiliated with the Islamic State group detonated a bomb in a historic district of Istanbul popular with tourists Tuesday morning, killing at least 10 people - nine of them German tourists - and wounding 15 others, Turkish officials said....
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's official news agency says the army has seized "full control" of a strategic rebel-held town in the northwestern province of Latakia, a stronghold of President Bashar Assad....
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- A new report by a federal watchdog outlines a history of harassment on river trips through Grand Canyon National Park in which male park employees allegedly propositioned female colleagues for sex, touched them inappropriately and made lewd comments....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says Donald Trump is waging a White House campaign based on "simplistic solutions and scapegoating."...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is promising a nontraditional address for President Barack Obama's final State of the Union. But, no, don't look for him to slow-jam Tuesday's speech or rap it....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Florida's unique system for sentencing people to death is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to judges - and not enough to juries - to decide capital sentences....
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