Thousands pray Way of the Cross with Pope

Vatican City, Mar 29, 2013 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis presided over the Way of the Cross at the place where early Christians were martyred, recalling the Passion of Christ.“Christians must respond to evil with good, taking the Cross upon themselves as Jesus did,” the Pope said at Rome’s Coliseum on March 29.“One word should suffice this evening, that is the Cross itself,” he said. “The Cross is the word through which God has responded to … [Read more...]

Papal preacher urges Church to remove barriers to the Gospel

Vatican City, Mar 29, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Good Friday, papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa urged Catholics to seize “this moment in which a new time is opening for the Church” and remove any obstacles that stand in the way of sharing Christ. “May the Holy Spirit, in this moment in which a new time is opening for the Church, full of hope, reawaken in men who are at the window with the expectancy of a message, and in the messengers the will to make it … [Read more...]

Youths who wrote Good Friday meditations ask for peace

Rome, Italy, Mar 29, 2013 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leader of the Lebanese youth groups that wrote the meditations for today’s Via Crucis at the Coliseum said they focus on unity and peace between Christians and Muslims. “Benedict told us, ‘I want you, youth, Christian and Muslims, to testify to a new Orient saying no to war and yes to peace,’ so that is our aim, our prayer and our hope,” explained Father Toufic Bou Hadir, the general coordinator for … [Read more...]

Panel urges awareness of global Christian oppression

Washington D.C., Mar 29, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Authors of a new book on the global persecution of Christians warned that Americans must recognize the grave threat that is facing the faithful throughout the world.“When religious freedom is beginning to be eclipsed, it leads inevitably to genuine persecution,” said panel moderator Eric Metaxas in at a talk in the nation’s capital.Metaxas is known for his books on Christians William Wilberforce and Dietrich … [Read more...]

Colorado parish dedicates ‘beautiful’ new church

Denver, Colo., Mar 29, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a parish of the Denver Archdiocese, recently dedicated its new church building which local Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila has described as “beautiful.” “The beauty of it... speaks to the gift of our faith, and that this is a place where the Lord is truly present and dwells,” the archbishop told CNA shortly after the dedication Mass on March 23. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is located in … [Read more...]

Pro-life Democrats call for broad HHS mandate exemptions

Washington D.C., Mar 29, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For-profit businesses should be exempt from contraception mandate requirements that they provide abortifacient drugs, Democrats for Life of America argued in briefs recently filed in federal court cases. “Our nation has a longstanding and pervasive tradition of accommodating conscientious objections to facilitating abortion,” said Kristen Day, director of Democrats For Life of America, said March 26. “DFLA was … [Read more...]