Kidnapped bishops spur call for religious freedom promotion

Washington D.C., Apr 24, 2013 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The recent kidnapping of two Orthodox bishops in Syria has a former diplomat urging the U.S. government to make religious liberty a greater priority in its foreign policy.“U.S. foreign policy with respect to religious freedom consists almost entirely, when it consists of anything, of rhetorical condemnations of acts such as this,” said Dr. Thomas Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown … [Read more...]

Feminist group hurls water, insults at archbishop

Brussels, Belgium, Apr 24, 2013 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Four semi-nude feminist protestors attacked Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard of Malinas-Brussels during a recent conference on freedom of expression.The April 18 conference took place at the Free University of Brussels and was entitled, “Blasphemy – crime or freedom of expression.”The four women, who belong to the radical group Femen, removed their shirts and used plastic bottles similar those used by … [Read more...]

Church is a love story, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Apr 24, 2013 / 11:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church is not merely “a human enterprise,” but rather “a love story,” said Pope Francis, and the faithful must remember that it is only in the path of love that the Church can grow.The Church began “in the heart of the Father,” said the Pope at an April 24 Mass for Vatican Bank employees in the Chapel of the Casa Santa Marta.“So this love story began, a story that has gone on for so long, … [Read more...]

Pope to welcome 70,000 youths, confirm 44

Vatican City, Apr 24, 2013 / 10:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will be receiving over 70,000 young people when he offers the Sacrament of Confirmation to 44 of them this coming weekend. “We are joyful because we will be receiving so many young people,” said Archbishop Salvatore R. Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. The archbishop made his announcement April 24 at the Vatican press office, as he detailed two … [Read more...]

Pope urges Christians to remember final judgment

Vatican City, Apr 24, 2013 / 07:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians should not be frightened of the final judgment but should let it affect how they live, Pope Francis told the 100,000 pilgrims who filled St. Peter’s Square. "Human history begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with the final judgment of Christ. We often forget these two poles of history, and above all faith in the return of Christ and the final judgment is sometimes … [Read more...]

Theologian: Same-sex civil unions discriminate against married couples

Rome, Italy, Apr 24, 2013 / 04:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a Vatican official stated that the Church could support same-sex civil unions, a Swiss theologian is saying that if they are equated with marriage these unions discriminate against married heterosexual couples. “Besides containing an erroneous moral message, it actually means to objectively discriminate against married people, who intentionally have engaged in a union ordered towards the task of the transmission of human life, … [Read more...]

Swiss theologian: Same-sex civil unions discriminate against married couples

Rome, Italy, Apr 24, 2013 / 04:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a Vatican official stated that the Church could support same-sex civil unions, a Swiss theologian is saying that if they are equated with marriage these unions discriminate against married heterosexual couples. “Besides containing an erroneous moral message, it actually means to objectively discriminate against married people, who intentionally have engaged in a union ordered towards the task of the transmission of human life, … [Read more...]


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