Pope says life is ‘journey of preparation’ for heaven

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2013 / 10:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “The whole journey of life is a journey of preparation” for heaven, Pope Francis said during his homily at Friday morning Mass. The Pope reflected on the Gospel passage from St. John for today in which Jesus tells the disciples not to be afraid or troubled because he goes to prepare a place in the Father’s house for them. “Prepare a place means preparing our ability to enjoy the chance, our chance, to see, to … [Read more...]

Pope’s plans for encyclical, travel disclosed

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2013 / 04:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis could issue his first encyclical this year and so far is only planning one international trip in 2013, according to Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi. Fr. Lombardi said that he "would not exclude" the possibility of Pope Francis issuing his first encyclical "within this year," Vatican Radio reported April 25. The Vatican spokesman explained that Benedict XVI had already laid the … [Read more...]

Brooklyn diocese launches ‘hipster’ Jesus ad campaign

Brooklyn, N.Y., Apr 26, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new ad campaign by the Diocese of Brooklyn is hoping to attract the unchurched, with a series of posters calling Christ “The original hipster,” as well as ads designed for gyms and bars. “We're called to go where the people are...to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ where people are, be that a bar, gym, restaurant, or what have you,” Monsignor Kieran Harrington, vicar for communications at the Brooklyn … [Read more...]

Law must be based in truth, archbishop tells judges

Miami, Fla., Apr 26, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA).- Discussing the push for same-sex “marriage,” Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami told judges and lawyers at the city's 2013 Red Mass that freedom and law must be based on reality and objective truth.“When a democracy bases itself on moral relativism and when it considers every ethical principle or value to be negotiable … it is already, and in spite of its formal rules, on its way to totalitarianism,” Archbishop … [Read more...]

Archbishop denounces sexual violence in war

New York City, N.Y., Apr 25, 2013 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See’s apostolic nuncio to the United Nations has called for more action to prevent “heinous acts” of sexual violence in war and other forms of conflict.“This violent domination of a human being constitutes an egregious form of degradation of their dignity, but also of the aggressor, who, in so doing, disfigures himself as a human person,” Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt said in New York City … [Read more...]

Mexican bishops urge Supreme Court to defend life

Mexico City, Mexico, Apr 25, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Mexico have called on the Supreme Court to resist pressure from abortion supporters seeking to overturn 18 state laws protecting the right to life from the moment of conception.A statement from the Mexican bishops’ conference referred to three lawsuits aimed at fighting the state laws. The full court is expected to rule on the lawsuits in the coming days.The bishops reminded the Mexican justices that their … [Read more...]

Court protects Scottish midwives from abortion involvement

Glasgow, United Kingdom, Apr 25, 2013 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Scottish midwives won an appeal on April 24 against a court's decision forcing them to indirectly take part in abortions against their will. “Connie and I are absolutely delighted with today's judgment,” said midwife Mary Doogan in a statement Wednesday. Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital placed Doogan, 58, and Concepta Wood, 52, in charge of delegating and supporting staff who performed … [Read more...]