Threat to one faith endangers freedom for all, warn leaders

Washington D.C., Jun 25, 2013 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Noting significant threats to religious liberty in modern U.S. society, speakers at a recent national conference stressed that all faiths are threatened by restrictions on the freedom of believers.“Religious freedom is a human right,” said Rev. Eugene F. Rivers, pastor of the Azusa Christian Community, at a recent conference in Washington, D.C.He stated that “the black churches want to work with those who are … [Read more...]

God calls each Christian personally, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 25, 2013 / 03:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Just as God called Abraham by name to receive a promise, so does he continue to call each Christian personally to enter into relationship with him, Pope Francis said at his daily Mass June 25.“We Christians have been called one-by-one: none of us is Christian by pure chance. No one,” he said during his homily at the chapel of Saint Martha House in the Vatican.The call of each Christian is “by name, and with a … [Read more...]

Bishop Dunne, auxiliary of Rockville Centre, retires at 75

Rockville Centre, N.Y., Jun 25, 2013 / 09:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop John C. Dunne, who was an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, on June 22, a few months after he turned 75.Canon law requires that bishops submit their resignation upon their 75th birthday.Born in 1937, Bishop Dunne was ordained a priest for the Rockville Centre diocese on June 1, 1963. As a priest of the diocese, he served as a pastor, as spiritual director at … [Read more...]

Arizona hermitage to foster deep prayer, priestly renewal

Phoenix, Ariz., Jun 25, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix has established a local house of prayer for priests, where they can come for solitude with Christ and renew themselves for their ministry to the people of God. Merciful Heart Hermitage is “a place of prayer for be drawn into Jesus' own heart, and through his heart coming into deep relationship with the Father and the Father's heart,” director Father Eugene Florea, … [Read more...]

LA archbishop says immigration tests America’s identity

Denver, Colo., Jun 25, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The American Dream is at stake in the debate over immigration reform, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles told a group of journalists, saying the issue provides a chance for the nation to renew its soul. “Our national debate about immigration is a great struggle for the American spirit and the American soul,” the Mexican-born American citizen said June 21 at the Catholic Media Conference in Denver, … [Read more...]

Catholics, Baptists come together over conscience rights bill

Washington D.C., Jun 25, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic and Baptist leaders are collaborating to ask national legislators to support a bill that would offer conscience protections to healthcare workers across the country.“While Catholics and Southern Baptists espouse different theological views, we are united by the belief that Congress must act to help preserve our freedom of religion and conscience,” Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore and Russell Moore of the … [Read more...]

Indian bishops pray for victims of devastating flood

New Dehli, India, Jun 24, 2013 / 06:15 pm (CNA).- The Catholic Bishops Conference of India issued a June 21 statement voicing deep “solidarity” and “concern” for victims of severe flooding in the Uttarakhand region.Heavy rains in the north part of the country have created floods that have claimed more than 600 lives and affected thousands more.According to the Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, the death toll is expected to reach 1,000.The devastating floods hit in … [Read more...]