Everyone must be ‘protector’ like St. Joseph, Pope says

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2013 / 03:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called on all people to be “protectors,” like Saint Joseph, by watching over and caring for the poor, families, friendships, the environment and their own emotions and hearts. “In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts! “Whenever human beings fail to live up to this responsibility, whenever we fail to care … [Read more...]

Protest highlights treatment of Coptic Christians in Libya

Washington D.C., Mar 19, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA).- Christians gathered in front of the Libyan Embassy in Washington, D.C., on March 14 to peacefully protest the recent detainment and torture of Copts in Libya.One protestor, a Middle Eastern Christian, told CNA that the Libyan government holds Coptic Christians and “accuses them of evangelizing against Islam” for possessing Christian Bibles and icons, even though such items are permissible under Libyan law. “I'm … [Read more...]

Catholic youth congress highlights friendship with Christ

Bridgeport, Conn., Mar 19, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA).- Hundreds of high school students attended the 2013 Convivio Youth Congress in Connecticut March 8-10 to talk about the Christian faith, grow spiritually and consider the meaning of friendship today. Florencia Silva, youth ministry director for the Diocese of Bridgeport, said the event is intended “to help kids encounter Christ and grow in their friendship with him.” Friendship, she noted, is “a very important topic” … [Read more...]