Professor says religion, private life are public concerns

Washington D.C., Jun 4, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a talk at the nation's capital, a U.S. scholar argued that so-called private entities – such as the family, religion and interpersonal interactions – involve and are in fact the core of public society. “Religion itself is a rational insight into what it means to be human: what it means to to live in a particular place, to speak a particular language, to have particular family members, to be here and now,” … [Read more...]

Faithful in Thailand moved by Pope’s words on Corpus Christi

Si Racha, Thailand, Jun 4, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a spirit of jubilation and fervor, Catholics in Thailand celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi with Eucharistic adoration and processions.The solemn liturgical celebrations at the Sacred Heart Church in Sriracha drew large crowds, despite heavy rain showers. Mass was followed with traditional floral processions and adoration to celebrate the real presence of Christ's body and blood in the Eucharist.In his homily, Bishop … [Read more...]

Church to beatify father of seven who saved 100 lives

Rome, Italy, Jun 4, 2013 / 01:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Odoardo Focherini will be beatified in the Italian city of Carpi on June 15 for his life of faith and dedication to helping those in need, including 100 Jews he helped escape the Nazis. “One of the Jews whom he saved said, ‘we are the miracles of Odoardo Focherini,’ and they saw his as their savior and angel,” said Focherini’s grandson, Francesco Manicardi. “His neighbors weren’t just Jews, but … [Read more...]

International bishops urge G8 leaders to remember the poor

Washington D.C., Jun 4, 2013 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic bishops from across the world joined together to ask leaders of the G8 nations to consider the needs of the poor in developing countries across the globe.In a June 3 letter, the bishops encouraged the national leaders to work in their upcoming meeting to “take steps to improve nutrition, reduce hunger and poverty, and strengthen just tax, trade and transparency policies for the common good of all.”The G8 – … [Read more...]

Pope: Christian speech is genuine, not self-serving

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2013 / 07:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Instead of sugar-coated words and flattery, when Christians speak they should offer the truth with love, without seeking to serve their own interests, Pope Francis said. “Let us think closely today: What is our language? Do we speak in truth, with love, or do we speak with that social language to be polite, even say nice things, which we do not feel?” the Pope asked during his June 4 homily in Saint Martha’s … [Read more...]

Mobile ultrasound aims to reach abortion-vulnerable women

Denver, Colo., Jun 4, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A network of pro-life pregnancy centers in Colorado is the latest to take to the streets with a mobile ultrasound unit that it hopes will help women choose life and reject abortion. “We want to go to where the women are in their daily routines. Instead of waiting for women to find us, we’ll find them,” said Rick Thielen, executive director of the Longmont, Colo.-based Life Choices. “We’ll meet them where … [Read more...]

Obey God to build peace, Pope tells John XXIII devotees

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2013 / 05:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Imitate Blessed John XXIII by growing in obedience to God and self-mastery to achieve peace, Pope Francis urged as he observed the 50th anniversary of his predecessor’s death. “If peace was the outward hallmark (of Pope John), obedience constituted his inner disposition,” he said at Saint Peter’s Basilica on June 3. “Obedience, in fact, was the instrument with which to achieve peace,” he told … [Read more...]