Marriage advocates plan to sue IRS over leaks

Washington D.C., May 17, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The National Organization for Marriage is filing a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service, after its confidential tax return was leaked from the agency to the group's chief political opposition. “In March 2012 Human Rights Campaign posted a copy of our confidential tax return on its website...and we know for a fact that the source for this was within the IRS,” National Organization for Marriage chairman John … [Read more...]

Peruvian bishop recalls 25th anniversary of John Paul II’s visit

Lima, Peru, May 17, 2013 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura recounted the Eucharistic love and call to holiness of Blessed Pope John Paul II on his second visit to Peru, 25 years ago.John Paul II visited Peru for the second time May 14-16, 1988, three years after his first visit to the country.  Archbishop Eguren was named master of ceremonies for the 1988 liturgical events. A 32 year-old priest at the time, he recalled that the visit by the … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop exhorts faithful to speak out against abortion

Cordoba, Spain, May 17, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA).- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain, is calling on the faithful not to remain silent about the genocide of abortion and to work for “policies inspired in the culture of life.”“The hundreds of thousands – more than a million – abortions that have taken place in recent years constitute the slow suicide of nation that is incapable to transmitting life to the next generation,” he warned.In his latest … [Read more...]

Pope’s mission app launch spreads Gospel

Rome, Italy, May 17, 2013 / 11:30 am (CNA).- With the touch of an iPad, Pope Francis became the first pontiff to unlock a new smartphone application and expanded the Church’s footprint in the digital world.   “I was quite anxious that we were going to get the signal and it was all going to work. Because this isn’t made up, these folks are actually waiting for the Holy Father to hit this button before it works,” said Father Andrew Small in a May 17 CNA … [Read more...]

Pope tells story of bishop who felt ‘unworthy’

Vatican City, May 17, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told the story of a man who felt ashamed of being a bishop to say that people should not worry of being sinners but should concentrate on allowing Jesus to transform them. “He was ashamed because he did not feel worthy, he had a spiritual torment and he went to the confessor,” Pope Francis said at his May 17 daily Mass. “The confessor heard him and said, ‘but do not worry, if after the mess Peter … [Read more...]

Pope points mission societies toward young churches

Vatican City, May 17, 2013 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met this afternoon with the directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies and encouraged them to help “the young churches” that operate in difficult and sometimes hostile circumstances. After reminding them not to forget the universal and missionary nature of their work, Pope Francis underscored the importance of helping those in “the young churches, which often operate in a climate of difficulty, … [Read more...]

Pope’s plan to visit Bonaria shrine thrills pastor

Cagliari, Italy, May 17, 2013 / 05:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Giovannino Tolu said his heart began racing when he heard that Pope Francis will the visit the shrine he oversees on the Italian island of Sardinia, making it the fourth time he has received a pontiff. Pope Francis announced at the end of his May 15 general audience that he will travel to the city of Cagliari in September to venerate Our Lady of Bonaria at the basilica of the same name. “Can’t you hear my heart … [Read more...]