Religious freedom leader says threats in US are real

Washington D.C., May 31, 2013 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of a federal commission that promotes religious liberty warned that while threats to religious freedom in the U.S. are not violent, they still pose a serious ‘moral test’ for the country.“There is no doubt that religious freedom faces extraordinary and novel challenges that grow out of increasing and aggressive secularism, coupled with fundamental redefinitions of core social institutions,” said Dr. … [Read more...]

Bishops denounce attacks in Central African Republic

Madrid, Spain, May 31, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- A bishop in the Central African Republic is denouncing the plundering and profanations of Church missions in the country, as well as the sexual assaults carried out by Islamists in the rebel militia Seleka.“They have burned down the pediatric hospital, the internet center and the pharmacy. Outside of Bangassou there have been summary executions of adults and children,” said Bishop Juan Jose Aguirre of Bangassou.“Women are … [Read more...]

New Oakland bishop looks to Pope Francis’ example

Oakland, Calif., May 31, 2013 / 03:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J., was ordained and installed as Bishop of Oakland on May 25, promising to follow Pope Francis' emphasis on caring the poor and the suffering. “I would like to do for Oakland what Pope Francis is doing for the whole Church,” Bishop Barber said in his remarks at the end of Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. “My vision is this: the priests take care of the people. The bishop … [Read more...]

Pope closes Mary’s month reflecting on her spiritual attitude

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a Rosary in St. Peter’s Square to mark the end of May, Pope Francis asked people to “listen, decide, and take action” like Mary did. “Listen to everyday reality, to people, to the facts because the Lord is at our door and knocks in many ways, he places signs in our path; he give us the ability to see them,” the Pope said in front of thousands of pilgrims, following the 8:00 p.m. Rosary. He spoke … [Read more...]

Legion of Christ update presented to Pope Francis

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The papal delegate overseeing the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christ met with Pope Francis on Monday to discuss the progress that has been made in reforming the two religious bodies.During their 45-minute meeting, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis said, he and the Pope discussed the drafting of a new constitution for the Legion of Christ, which will be presented at the order’s General Chapter in early 2014.They also discussed the … [Read more...]

Praising God frees us from sorrow, Pope proclaims

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians often act like they are “going to a funeral procession rather than to praise God,” Pope Francis declared, urging believers to spend time praising God so they are not slaves to their sorrows. “You here at Mass,” the Pope said in the chapel of St. Martha’s House, “do you give praise to God or do you only petition God and thank God? “Do you praise God?” he repeated, pointing out … [Read more...]

Vatican bank president focusing on image change

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The new head of the Vatican’s Institute for Works of Religion, Ernst von Freyberg, says his main goal is to improve the image so that the Pope’s message remains in the spotlight. “My dream is that our reputation is such that people don’t think of us any more, when they think about the Vatican, but that they listen to what the Pope says,” remarked von Freyberg in an exclusive May 31 interview with Vatican … [Read more...]