Bishop says tighter gun laws will help build culture of life

Washington D.C., Apr 11, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., has urged legislators to support laws that build “a culture of life” by placing more stringent guidelines around gun ownership and use.“Sadly, gun violence is too common a reality,” Bishop Blaire, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, wrote to the U.S. senate on behalf of his group.The “violence that occurs daily in our … [Read more...]

Gonzaga University to review Knights of Columbus status

Spokane, Wash., Apr 11, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Gonzaga University president Thayne McCulloh will be reviewing the school's Student Life Office decision which denied a Knights of Columbus Council application to be recognized as a “student club.”On March 7, the university's student life division denied the council's application for recognition as a “student organization,” according to an April 5 report by the Cardinal Newman Society. The Knights of … [Read more...]

Catholic Charities ‘appalled’ by former board member’s abortion stance

Tallahassee, Fla., Apr 10, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida says it is saddened that a former board member has become a Planned Parenthood lobbyist, noting that she had affirmed Catholic teaching in applying for the board. “We were appalled and equally saddened and disappointed to learn of her advocacy on behalf of Planned Parenthood, and want to reiterate Catholic Charities' absolute commitment to upholding Catholic teachings on abortion and … [Read more...]

Vatican spokesman denies report that Benedict XVI is ill

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2013 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi says that contrary to a report in the Spanish daily El Mundo, the Bishop-emeritus of Rome, Benedict XVI, is not suffering from any illness. The report in El Mundo by Rocio Galvan quotes statements made by Spanish Vaticanista Paloma Gomez-Borrero in Madrid during the presentation of her most recent book.   “Benedict XVI has something very serious. In 15 days his physical condition … [Read more...]

Church bells toll in Colombia for victims of violence

Bogotá, Colombia, Apr 10, 2013 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- Church bells across Colombia rang out on Tuesday in a move of solidarity with the thousands of victims of violence that has plagued the country for decades. “This was a humanitarian gesture of closeness...with the victims of the violence in Colombia, that their suffering not be minimized or ignored and that their right to the truth, to justice and to reparations be protected,” Father Pedro Mercado Cepeda, adjunct secretary of the … [Read more...]

World misses God but it can see your joy, Pope tells audience

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2013 / 10:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis urged Catholics to serve humanity by showing “the joy of being children of God” to the world, since it “no longer seems able to lift its gaze towards God.” “Let us show the joy of being children of God, the freedom he gifts us to live in Christ … It is a precious service that we give to our world, which is often no longer able to lift its gaze upwards, it no longer seems able to lift its … [Read more...]

Vatican response to financial evaluation will exceed requirements

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2013 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican plans to demonstrate its commitment to financial transparency by presenting progress it has made in areas the Council of Europe’s money laundering prevention committee is not requiring. “With this initiative, the Holy See wishes to provide a more complete overview of the measures taken over the last year to further strengthen its institutional structure in the area of preventing money laundering and the financing … [Read more...]