Pro-life club appeals after being denied campus recognition

Baltimore, Md., Apr 3, 2013 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pro-life student group at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., is appealing a denial of official recognition, saying that it is being discriminated against for its views against abortion.Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life of America, told CNA that this decision is surprising, given that Johns Hopkins administration and students “pride themselves on being a ‘free speech campus’ – … [Read more...]

Archbishop Sample exhorts Portland to focus on Jesus

Portland, Ore., Apr 3, 2013 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Alexander Sample was installed as head of the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore. on Tuesday, using his homily to encourage local Catholics to proclaim the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. “Jesus is alive and has become for us the source of eternal life. By his death he has destroyed death, freed us from the corruption of sin and opened up for us the way to the Kingdom of Heaven,” he said April 2. “We must always … [Read more...]

Chile faces criticism for giving morning-after pill to minors

Santiago, Chile, Apr 3, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- A new norm approved by Chile’s Ministry of Health has met with disapproval for allowing the morning-after pill to be made available to 14 year-old girls without parental consent.“By 14 year-old minors, it is clear we are talking about children. And by definition children do not have capacity or responsibility in any civil or civic environment,” said Congressman Juan Luis Castro, the former president of the Medical College of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis asks for ‘gift of tears’ to see Risen Christ

Vatican City, Apr 3, 2013 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his brief homily at an April 2 Mass at the chapel of St. Marta’s Residence, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to pray to God for the gift of tears, to imitate Mary Magdalene during this Easter season. Addressing various members of the Vatican gendarmerie and other Vatican workers present for the Mass, the Holy Father mediated on the passage about the “sinful” woman who wept upon seeing the empty … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to visit Rome’s basilicas before Pentecost

Vatican City, Apr 3, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will be praying or celebrating Mass at all four of Rome’s major basilicas between now and Pentecost, as well as holding four public Masses in St. Peter’s Square.The Holy See’s press office released on April 3 the places and times the pontiff will be presiding over the seven public Masses that will be held between now and May 19.After he was elected Pope in 2005, Benedict XVI ordained priests for the Rome … [Read more...]

Women communicate God’s look of love, Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 3, 2013 / 08:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his second Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said that women’s main role in the Church is to communicate God’s love. “Women have had and still have a special role in opening doors to the Lord, in following him and communicating his face, because the eyes of faith always need the simple and profound look of love,” he said April 3 in Saint Peter’s Square. “This is beautiful, and this is … [Read more...]

Colorado miracle spurs German nun’s beatification

Colorado Springs, Colo., Apr 3, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA).- The Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration are thrilled at the approved beatification of their German founder, Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel, after a Vatican-recognized miracle in Colorado. “We are enthusiastically surprised,” Sister Clarice Gentrup, the congregation's vicar general, told CNA April 2. “After all these years, we’re coming closer and closer to beatification and canonization, … [Read more...]