Christian life is not a ‘collage’ of activities, Pope says

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2013 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his July 6 homily, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to be open to the renewal of the Holy Spirit, both in their own lives and in the “structures” of Church life.“Christian life is not a collage of things” or a “collection” or activities, such as Mass attendance, the Holy Father said.“It is a harmonious whole, harmonious, and the Holy Spirit does it!” he explained. “He renews … [Read more...]

DOMA decision cited to block Michigan law

Detroit, Mich., Jul 6, 2013 / 01:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal judge has blocked a Michigan law barring domestic partner benefits for public school and local government employees, citing the Supreme Court ruling that struck down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act.U.S. District Judge David Lawson’s June 28 ruling said it can “never be a legitimate purpose” to deny health benefits to the same-sex partners of public employees. He said the plaintiffs who lost benefits … [Read more...]

Light of faith will illuminate the world, encyclical teaches

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2013 / 08:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The theme of light is pivotal in the first Church encyclical written by “four hands.”“Lumen Fidei,” or “The Light of Faith,” is the first encyclical issued by Pope Francis. Released July 5, it draws on work drafted by former Pope Benedict XVI before his resignation.The document reveals the continuity between the previous Pope and the current one. Why is light so important for both … [Read more...]