Pope: Christ gives us ‘identity card’ of freedom, salvation

Vatican City, Jul 4, 2013 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During daily Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis explained that Christians are free because of Jesus, who gives them their identity as God’s children.“We are saved in Jesus Christ and no one can take from us this identity card,” said the Pope at the chapel of the Vatican's Saint Martha House. “Civil status: we are free!”“This is how I identify myself, as a child of God; what a beautiful … [Read more...]

Laity must help restore religious liberty, Cardinal Wuerl says

Washington D.C., Jul 4, 2013 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- To renew respect for religious freedom in society, the Church needs lay people who live out their religious beliefs with love, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C.“Your faith is a remedy for what ails our society,” the cardinal said in his July 4 homily at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.Thousands of the faithful gathered at the Washington, D.C., basilica on Independence Day … [Read more...]

Despite setbacks, Vatican Bank undergoing important evolution

Vatican City, Jul 4, 2013 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- News that Vatican Financial Intelligence Authority (AIF) has been admitted to a global network of financial oversight agencies proves that the Vatican is threading an international and multilateral path to adhere to international standards.It “represents a recognition of the Holy See/Vatican City State’s systematic efforts in tracking and fighting money laundering and financing of terrorism,” said René Bruelhart, … [Read more...]

Lawsuit seeks to uncover influences on HHS mandate policy

Pittsburgh, Pa., Jul 4, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Pittsburgh has filed a lawsuit charging that the federal government created illegal barriers to its request for information about lobbyist influence on the HHS contraception mandate. “We think there has been a wide variety of groups trying to influence the administration to keep the sterilization, contraception and abortion pill parts of the mandate,” Mickey Pohl, a lawyer for the diocese, told the Pittsburgh … [Read more...]

Artist’s faith grows through Benedict XVI portrait

Rome, Italy, Jul 4, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A British artist who has painted the British royal family and Margaret Thatcher in person says his Christian faith “deepened” after completing a portrait of Benedict XVI. “It's absolutely deepened my faith,” Alexander Rice told CNA June 28. “If you paint someone who is extremely spiritual you have to empathize with that human being, and perhaps find part of them in yourself.” He … [Read more...]