Marriage is critical for cultural evangelization, bishop stresses

Washington D.C., May 10, 2013 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The love of a married couple offers a crucial witness needed for evangelization in the modern world, said Bishop Michael J. Sheridan of Colorado Springs in a recent Washington, D.C., talk.“The Popes have proposed that the purpose of the Church is first and foremost evangelization: the proclamation of Jesus Christ as the Word of Life and the Savior of the human race,” he said.The sacrament of marriage holds a key place … [Read more...]

Boston cardinal to boycott graduation over honors to Irish official

Boston, Mass., May 10, 2013 / 04:45 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Séan O'Malley announced that he would not attend the commencement of Boston College due to an honorary degree Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny will receive at graduation.According to a May 10 statement from the cardinal, “Mr. Kenny is aggressively promoting abortion legislation” in Ireland. “Because the Gospel of Life is the centerpiece of the Church’s social doctrine and because we consider abortion … [Read more...]

Ohio priest dies of cancer two days after ordination

Toledo, Ohio, May 10, 2013 / 04:22 pm (CNA).- Father Scott R. Carroll, ordained a priest of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, on May 8, died of cancer two days later after battling the disease for some time.Bishop Leonard P. Blair of Toledo ordained the transitional deacon a priest at his parents' home with immediate family members present. He was named associate pastor of his home parish, St. Joseph in Maumee, a Toledo suburb.The ordination Mass was concelebrated by the priests of St. … [Read more...]

Law professor says Christian sexual ethics will help poor

Washington D.C., May 10, 2013 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- George Mason University law professor Helen Alvare challenged Catholics to courageously witness to the truth of the Church’s sexual teaching, because doing so will aid the poor.“The new sex, mating and marriage marketplaces have treated women terribly,” especially the poor, said Alvare.She urged Catholics who object to the sexual mores of Western society to emulate Pope Francis' defense of Catholic … [Read more...]

Women in White invite Pope Francis to visit Cuba

Rome, Italy, May 10, 2013 / 12:39 pm (CNA).- The leader of the Cuban protest group Women in White said she hopes Pope Francis will visit Cuba after she had the opportunity to meet the Holy Father at a general audience in Rome.“I hope he comes, because he is a Latino Pope who is very familiar with the suffering of the people, and perhaps he can come. For my part, the doors are open,” Berta Soler told CNA after attending the Holy Father’s general audience on May 8.“We … [Read more...]

Pope: Sad Christian faces are like pickled peppers

Vatican City, May 10, 2013 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis underscored the importance of being joyful by contrasting sad Christian faces – which are more like “pickled peppers” – with the testimony of a beautiful life. “Sometimes these melancholic Christians' faces have more in common with pickled peppers than the joy of having a beautiful life,” Pope Francis said May 10. “If we keep this joy to ourselves it will make us sick in the … [Read more...]

Ohio University band gives Vatican taste of America

Vatican City, May 10, 2013 / 09:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Priests and Vatican employees opened their office windows this afternoon to find out why they were hearing trumpets and drums, and in the piazza below them they discovered the Ohio University marching band. “We thought it would be a very epic way to perform, you know. And a lot of people came to watch us,” 22-year-old trumpet player Jenna Smith told CNA. The sights and sounds of an American marching band are not something … [Read more...]