The Roman Catholic Church says it's committed to both pro-life issues and protecting women's dignity and health, but is vehemently opposed to the promotion of abortion and contraception through a "one-dimensional" view of reproductive health.
"When adopting the current Sustainable Development Goals, the Holy See rejected a one-dimensional interpretation of reproductive health requiring an ideological promotion of contraception and abortion," said Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, earlier this week at a seminar in Rome on health and sexuality.
Turkson insisted that the Vatican is committed both to defending human life and the dignity of women, noting that technology based on science provides humanity with tremendous "power over itself," and "we need to work very hard together to make sure that it is used wisely." more >>
A group of Roman Catholic intellectuals released a letter denouncing Republican presidential hopeful and current front runner Donald Trump as "manifestly unfit to be president."
Published Monday by the conservative outlet National Review, the open letter was authored by Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
"Donald Trump is manifestly unfit to be president of the United States. His campaign has already driven our politics down to new levels of vulgarity. His appeals to racial and ethnic fears and prejudice are offensive to any genuinely Catholic sensibility," reads the letter. more >>
Pope Francis has condemned the world's seeming indifference at the violent murder of four nuns, along with 12 other people, at a home for the elderly in Aden, Yemen.
Gunmen reportedly entered the building on Friday, going room-to-room and handcuffing victims before shooting them in the head.
The four nuns killed in the incident had been Missionaries of Charity, prompting Francis to send "the assurance of his prayers for the dead and his spiritual closeness to their families and to all affected from this act of senseless and diabolical violence." more >>
Pope Francis has written a letter to a juvenile gang member jailed in Los Angeles, California, asking that the young man pray for him.
The pope responded to a letter written by Carlos Adrian Vazquez Jr., who, at age 16, received a prison sentence of 11 years for involuntary manslaughter due to his involvement in a Los Angeles gang.
The Catholic Church doesn't need the "blood money" of benefactors, but rather faithful Christians seeking Jesus' mercy, Pope Francis said in an address this week.
While speaking to the General Audience at the Vatican, the pontiff said that the Catholic Church will not accept money from donors who have earned their profits through immoral means, including underpaid labor practices.
"Some donors come to the Church offering profits from the blood of people who have been exploited, mistreated, enslaved with badly paid work," Francis told the audience, adding the "People of God don`t need their dirty money." more >>
The 88th Academy Awards reached all the way to the Vatican Sunday night as the cast of the film "Spotlight" publicly called on Pope Francis to ensure priests who sexually abused children are prosecuted for their crimes.
The film, which unexpectedly won the best picture award, is about the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into Catholic priests sexually abusing children in the United States.