Obama threatens veto as fetal pain bill passes House

Washington D.C., Jun 18, 2013 / 05:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite passing the U.S. House of Representatives, a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy faces an uncertain future as President Obama's administration has suggested that he will veto it. “(S)cience is on our side,” Representative Marsha Blackburn, (R- Tenn.) told MSNBC in an interview.Blackburn joined other pro-life representatives, including Michelle Bachmann (R- Minn.) and Virginia Foxx (R- … [Read more...]

Construction begins on new home for elderly in Thailand

Korat, Thailand, Jun 18, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new home for the elderly in Thailand will seek to restore respect for senior citizens and to fight the escalating problems of elderly abandonment and suicide in the country.Bishop Joseph Chusak Sirisut of Nakhon Ratchasima told CNA that there is an absence of “social care centers for the elders in this whole region.”Construction has begun on a new home for the elderly in Korat, its foundational stone laid under the … [Read more...]

Jesus ‘wants pastors, not combers of sheep,’ Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2013 / 01:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians are called to be evangelists, seeking out the sheep who are lost rather than staying at home tending to the few who have never left, Pope Francis said at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall. “It's the 99 who we're missing! We have to go out, we must go to them,” the Bishop of Rome said June 17 to the participants of the annual convention of the Diocese of Rome. “The Lord wants pastors, not combers of … [Read more...]

Argentine bishops concerned over assisted reproduction law

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jun 18, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Responding to a new law on assisted fertilization, the bishops of Argentina stressed that “not everything that is technically possible is ethically and legally acceptable.”Argentine lawmakers recently voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation requiring all health care plans to offer a range of artificial fertility treatments to anyone at least 18 years of age.In their statement, made public on June 15, the … [Read more...]

Pope explains how Christians can love bombers

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2013 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis tackled Jesus’ teaching that Christians must love their enemies by asking a series of provocative questions, such as, how can we love those who “bomb and kill so many people?” As he began his June 18 homily, the Pope illustrated how difficult and wide-ranging Jesus’ teaching on loving one’s enemies can be by posing a series of questions to the congregation. How can we love those who decide to … [Read more...]

Children’s journey of beauty ends with papal visit

Vatican City, Jun 18, 2013 / 09:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This coming Sunday, almost 500 disadvantaged children will arrive at the Vatican on a special red train, where they will be greeted by Pope Francis as part of their “Journey of Beauty.” The project focuses on children, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi explained, “because I think that therein lies the root from which we must build a generation of young persons who still have ... the beauty of creativity – that … [Read more...]

Fargo’s new bishop-elect aims to help faith flourish

Fargo, N.D., Jun 18, 2013 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor John T. Folda, the bishop-elect of the Fargo diocese, looks forward to promoting the Catholic faith in eastern North Dakota following his episcopal consecration June 19. “My challenge will really be how to implement the new evangelization here in the Diocese of Fargo, and to help the faith to flourish,” Msgr. Folda told CNA June 17. “I hope I can...positively promote and share the faith with others,” … [Read more...]