US called on to support two-state solution in Palestine

Washington D.C., Jan 29, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- A group of 30 Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religious leaders signed a statement urging the Obama administration to work for a “viable two-state peace agreement” in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. “We believe a bold new initiative for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement should be an immediate priority of the new Administration in 2013,” read the Jan. 25 statement of the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative … [Read more...]

San Francisco pro-life rally draws 50,000, papal praise

San Francisco, Calif., Jan 28, 2013 / 06:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An estimated 50,000 pro-life advocates rallied and marched against abortion in San Francisco for the Walk for Life West Coast Jan. 26, drawing greetings and praise from Pope Benedict XVI. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the apostolic nuncio to the U.S., read a special message from the Pope, who called the event an “outstanding public witness to the fundamental right to life.” Pope Benedict said the walk witnessed … [Read more...]

Pope examines society’s acceptance of unstable relationships

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2013 / 03:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As he spoke to the Church’s highest court, which often deals with issues related to marriage, Pope Benedict highlighted the growing acceptance of instability in relationships.Contemporary culture “poses serious challenges to the person and the family,” he began, underscoring that it calls into question “the very capacity of human beings to bond themselves to another and whether a union that lasts an entire life is … [Read more...]

Iran’s eight-year sentence for Christian pastor draws outcry

Washington D.C., Jan 28, 2013 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian pastor Saeed Abedini's sentence of eight years in prison by an Iranian judge for allegedly threatening local security with his leadership of house churches has been met with harsh criticism. “This is a real travesty – a mockery of justice,” said Jordan Sekulow, the director of the American Center for Law and Justice which represents Abedini's family living in the U.S. “Iran has not only … [Read more...]

Church in Brazil united with victims of nightclub fire

Brasilia, Brazil, Jan 28, 2013 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops and Catholic faithful across Brazil are voicing solidarity with the families of the 233 young people who died in a fire at the Kiss Nightclub Jan. 27 in the southern city of Santa Maria. Tragedy struck at around 3:00 a.m. on Sunday at the nightclub when pyrotechnics set off by the band Gurizada Fandangueria apparently caught the ceiling on fire. Rodrigo Martins a guitar player in the band told Radio Gaucha that the … [Read more...]

Vatican Rosary begins live broadcast

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2013 / 10:38 am (CNA).- The Vatican is now broadcasting the Rosary live every weekday from St. Peter's Square. The Vatican television outlet CTV and the Catholic internet portal Aleteia are broadcasting "A Moment with Mary," which is being held Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. outside St. Peter's Basilica. "We really want to bring the prayer to the people and enable the people all around the world to bring themselves closer to the heart of the … [Read more...]

Pope stunned by Brazilian night club tragedy

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2013 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is shocked at the deaths of 233 people at a Brazilian night club on Sunday and is praying for the wounded and the families and friends of those who passed away. In a telegram sent to Archbishop Helio Adelar Rubert of the Santa Maria Archdiocese, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said that the Pope is "shocked by the tragic death of hundreds of young people" and offers his "deepest … [Read more...]


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