Religious liberty is ‘endangered,’ warns Hispanic Christian leader

Washington D.C., Jun 3, 2013 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Current threats to religious freedom in the United States demand that people of faith speak out in defense of their fundamental rights, said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez.“Freedom of religion in America can best be characterized in the year 2013 as nothing other than an 'endangered species,'” cautioned Rodriguez in a May 30 speech.“The voice of our faith stands to be silenced: it is time to rise up,” the … [Read more...]

Pope prays that Christians avoid ‘road of corruption’

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis on Monday warned about corrupt Christians who think they are “strong” and “independent of God,” emphasizing that Catholics should instead take saints as their models.“How bad are the corrupt in the Christian community! May the Lord deliver us from sliding down this road of corruption,” the Pope said in his June 3 homily during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta residence in Vatican City.Attendees at the … [Read more...]

Bishop says no truce yet between Honduran gangs

Tegucigalpa, Jun 3, 2013 / 12:47 pm (CNA).- A bishop in Honduras said a truce has still not been achieved between rival gangs in the country that have unleashed “an underhanded civil war between Honduran young people.”Auxiliary Bishop Romulo Emiliani of San Pedro de Sula denied reports of a truce between the country’s two most violent gangs, the M-18 and the MS-13. Leaders of both gangs appeared in the media to ask “forgiveness of society and the … [Read more...]

Pope unites Church with global Holy Hour

Vatican City, Jun 3, 2013 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis united churches from all world dioceses yesterday when he presided Eucharistic Adoration in Rome to mark the feast day of Corpus Christi.He led the prayer, which consists of adoring the body of Christ, for worldwide Catholics who gathered in churches and cathedrals.The pontiff presided the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ in front of thousands of people inside Saint Peter’s Basilica from 5 to 6 … [Read more...]