Religious freedom erosion threatens all rights, panel says

Washington D.C., Jun 24, 2013 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Federal lawmakers, archdiocesan representatives and leaders of companies and non-profit organizations came together at a Philadelphia forum to publicly support religious liberty from governmental threats.“What brought us all here today is so much bigger than a single piece of legislation or a political party; it is about protecting Americans’ First Amendment right to religious freedom,” said Rep. Diane Black … [Read more...]

Laity Sunday in Mumbai encourages formation in faith

Mumbai, India, Jun 24, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- A June 23 seminar in Mumbai, India, sought to help Catholics, including families and young people, commit to living a spirit of faith and renewal as part of their role in evangelization.Seminar organizer Fr. Hilary Fernandes, who has led efforts to train local fishermen folk groups, told CNA that the goal of the event was to help lay people “intensify their apostolic activity” so that they may more fully exercise their mission in the … [Read more...]

Fight against secularism unites Jews, Catholics, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2013 / 01:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians and Jews can work together to challenge the contemporary problems of secularism and disrespect for the human person, Pope Francis told representatives of Judaism in a Vatican audience. “Humanity needs our joint witness in favor of respect for the dignity of man and woman created in the image and likeness of God, and in favor of peace which is above all God’s gift,” the Bishop of Rome told members of the … [Read more...]

Faithful can send intentions for Papal Mass at Brazilian shrine

Aparecida, Brazil, Jun 24, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic faithful from around the world are invited to send their prayer intentions to the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida for the Mass that Pope Francis will celebrate there during his visit to Brazil in July.The press office of the Shrine of Aparecida announced that it will collect all of the intentions that it receives in a special book that will be given to the Holy Father.The deadline for receiving prayer intentions for … [Read more...]

Pope: Christians called to proclaim Christ even unto death

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2013 / 11:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At his daily Mass at Saint Martha House, Pope Francis said the Church lives to announce Christ to the point of martyrdom, following the example of Saint John the Baptist. “The Church exists to proclaim, to be the voice of a Word, her husband, who is the Word,” he said June 24, the feast of the birth of John the Baptist, who died a martyr. “The Church exists to proclaim this Word until martyrdom. Martyrdom precisely … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput: Catholics should live their faith ‘all in’

Mallorca, Spain, Jun 24, 2013 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has called on Catholics to be “active witnesses” of their faith, taking inspiration from the 17th century missionary Blessed Junipero Serra.Rejecting the idea that the Christian faith is “a useful moral code” or “an exercise in nostalgia,” he stressed that the Christian faith is “a restlessness, a consuming fire in the heart to experience the love … [Read more...]