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...]

‘I do this with my heart,’ Pope says before washing inmates’ feet

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2013 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis recalled for around 40 young detainees how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and said that he would willingly do the same for them because he is called to serve. “It is the example set by Our Lord, it’s important for Him to wash their feet, because among us the one who is highest up must be at the service of others,” the Pope said, recounted Jesus response to Peter’s refusal for the … [Read more...]

Pope advances sainthood causes for persecuted Catholics

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2013 / 09:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has approved moving ahead with 16 causes for sainthood, which include multiple 20th-century martyrs, the foundress of a religious order with U.S. ties and a lay Portuguese woman. Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presented the cases on March 27, and the Pope approved decrees recognizing their various degrees of advancement. The person with the closest ties to the United States who … [Read more...]