Be not afraid of immigrants, Archbishop Gomez encourages

Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 28, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- In a new book marking Independence Day, the archbishop of Los Angeles addresses immigration reform in the context of the American Dream, seeking to stir the consciences of national Catholics. “Fears about America’s future have given rise to a new nativism,” Archbishop José Gomez, a Mexican-born American citizen, wrote in “Immigration and the Next America,” due to be released July 5. “Their idea … [Read more...]

US bishops: court ruling cannot change essence of marriage

Washington D.C., Jun 28, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA).- In the wake of the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8, the bishops of the U.S. are calling on the faithful to work to strengthen marriage and witness to its true meaning.“While the culture has failed in many ways to be marriage-strengthening, this is no reason to give up. Now is the time to strengthen marriage, not redefine it,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of … [Read more...]

Marriage ruling raises questions of religious freedom

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the Supreme Court narrowly ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, religious leaders are highlighting the need to respect religious liberty in the United States.Military Archbishop P. Timothy Broglio said in a June 26 op-ed that the Archdiocese of the Military Services “remains resolved in the belief that no Catholic priest will ever be compelled to condone – even silently – same-sex … [Read more...]

Traditionalists indicate definitive break with Catholic Church

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2013 / 04:38 pm (CNA).- On the 25th anniversary of the illicit ordination of four bishops by traditionalist Bishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society of Saint Pius X indicated a definitive break of talks with the Catholic Church.In a statement June 27, three of the four bishops originally ordained by Lefebvre expressed “their filial gratitude towards their venerable founder who, after so many years spent serving the Church and the Sovereign Pontiff, so as to safeguard … [Read more...]

Fetuses may feel pain as early as 20 weeks, doctor clarifies

Siena, Italy, Jun 27, 2013 / 01:34 pm (CNA).- An Italian doctor has clarified that fetuses may be capable of feeling pain and pleasure as early as 20 weeks after their conception, after a June 19 article in Time may have led some to believe otherwise.The Time article quoted a paper co-authored by Carlo Bellieni, from the department of pediatrics, obstetrics and reproductive medicine at the University Hospital of Siena, which says there is “consistent evidence of the possibility for the … [Read more...]

NFL coach teaches faith, football to Peruvian kids

Piura, Peru, Jun 27, 2013 / 11:15 am (CNA).- Jim Harbaugh, coach of the San Francisco 49ers, recently completed a one-week mission trip to Piura, Peru, where he taught poor children about their Catholic faith and American football.This is the fifth consecutive year that Harbaugh – whose team made it to the 2013 Super Bowl before losing to the Baltimore Ravens, coached by Harbaugh’s older brother – has volunteered at the Peruvian parish of Santísimo Sacramento, which … [Read more...]

Charity’s rapid growth could be due to Pope’s influence

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2013 / 08:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The founder of a charity that feeds nearly one million children worldwide said its rapid growth could be partly due to Pope Francis' particular emphasis on caring for the impoverished. “The work of Mary's Meals is growing very fast and I’m sure that the hugely encouraging words of Pope Francis and the fact that he keeps pointing us back to the poor and our obligation to serve the poor is making us all think of those … [Read more...]


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