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...]

Coptic Pope stresses urgency of Christian unity at Vatican

Vatican City, May 10, 2013 / 07:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and spoke about the urgent need for unity among Christians in the Middle East. “We must prepare our people for this very real and needed unity that we know and live, we must work quickly and seriously,” said Pope Tawadros II in May 10 remarks provided to CNA by his office. His visit to the Vatican is significant because he leades … [Read more...]

Celebrated abortionist draws fire after undercover film

Washington D.C., May 10, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- New footage by an undercover investigative group shows a prominent late-term abortionist joking about the abortion procedure and telling women not to seek emergency care if something were to go wrong.“Dr. (LeRoy) Carhart’s testimony is shocking and sickening,” said Lila Rose, president of Live Action, the organization that conducted the undercover investigation.In a statement released with the video, Rose … [Read more...]

Indiana expands school voucher program

Indianapolis, Ind., May 10, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Six weeks after the Indiana Supreme Court upheld the state’s voucher program, Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a bill that makes more children eligible for vouchers. “Our Hoosier students deserve every opportunity to be successful. That includes having the choice to attend the school that works best for them,” Gov. Pence said May 9 at a signing ceremony at Calvary Christian school in Indianapolis. He said … [Read more...]

Elderly nun found guilty over nuclear site break-in

Knoxville, Tenn., May 10, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- Sister Megan Rice of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus was convicted May 8 for breaking into and causing damage at a Tennessee nuclear weapons manufacturing facility. The 83-year-old nun was accompanied in the July break-in by Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, all of whom are members of Transform Now Plowshares. The three were convicted after two-and-a-half hours of jury deliberation. On May 4, Sr. Mary Ann Buckley, head of the … [Read more...]

Congressmen request abortion regulation data from states

Washington D.C., May 9, 2013 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the on-going trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, two committees of the U.S. House of Representatives are demanding answers from state officials about the regulation of abortion facilities.“We presume that each of you, upon learning of the failures highlighted by the Gosnell trial, have considered what your state governments are doing to ensure that similar crimes could not be perpetrated in your state,” the House … [Read more...]