Costly weddings could be crippling for new marriages

Denver, Colo., Jun 15, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Noting the sharply increasing costs of weddings, marriage advocates have begun to urge couples to be less extravagant in their nuptial celebrations for the good of their relationships. “We ran a survey early this year with a law firm that looked at reasons for not marrying, and the top reason for men was the cost of the wedding,” said Harry Benson, an official with the U.K.-based think tank The Marriage Foundation. Benson … [Read more...]

Pope calls Jesuit magazine to dialogue without relativism

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2013 / 01:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with the staff of the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica on Friday morning, encouraging them to dialogue with everyone and to avoid the failings of a “self-referential” Church.“Even the Church, when it becomes self-referential, gets sick and old,” Pope Francis said. “May our gaze, well fixed upon Christ, always be prophetic and dynamic towards the future. In this way you will always remain … [Read more...]

President Obama chooses CRS president as Vatican ambassador

Washington D.C., Jun 15, 2013 / 10:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- President Barack Obama has nominated Ken Hackett, the former head of Catholic Relief Services, as the next U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden of Baltimore, a former Catholic Relief Services board member, said the appointment was “great news.” He said Hackett has many skills relevant to the diplomatic position representing U.S. interests at the Vatican.“He has traveled all over the … [Read more...]

Defending life in politics part of New Evangelization, Cardinal Burke states

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2013 / 09:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Participating in the political process in favor of human life is a part of the New Evangelization, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said as he kicked-off a pro-life weekend at the Vatican.“While the transformation of hearts is the most fundamental means of new evangelization regarding human life, Catholics and all persons of good will must be attentive to all laws, which safeguard the dignity of human life,” Cardinal Burke said June … [Read more...]

Cardinals fill important ‘Vatican bank’ position

Vatican City, Jun 15, 2013 / 06:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The commission of cardinals that oversees the so-called Vatican bank has filled a key position by naming Monsignor Battista Ricca the secretary for the board and the commission itself. Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi announced the appointment of Msgr. Ricca in a June 15 statement. “The Supervisory Commission of Cardinals Institute for Works of Religion, with the approval of the Holy Father has appointed … [Read more...]

Catholic men address ‘identity crisis’ of fatherhood

Boston, Mass., Jun 15, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Several prominent Catholic men offer advice in new new book on how to respond to the modern uncertainty of what it means to a father and a man.   “There's a severe identity crisis in fatherhood, and in a related way, the concept of manhood,” Brian Caulfield, head of the Knights of Columbus website “Fathers for Good,” told CNA June 7. Frequently in pop culture – especially in sitcoms on … [Read more...]