Military archbishop welcomes religious freedom coalition

Washington D.C., Jul 16, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Timothy Broglio has welcomed a coalition for religious freedom in the U.S. military as legislation aiming to protect religious belief and action among service members advances in Congress. “The Archdiocese looks forward to working closely as an ally as all seek to ensure the continued protection of the 1st Amendment Rights of Free Speech and the Free Exercise of Religion of the men and women of the United States … [Read more...]

Bishop catechists for World Youth Day 2013 revealed

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 16, 2013 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, more than 250 bishops from around the world will preside at catechetical sessions for pilgrims from July 24-26. “At the catecheses, we will have to limit the number of entries,” Father Leandro Lenin, director of World Youth Day's pastoral preparation department, announced July 15. Each session will take place from 9am to 1pm, and will conclude with a Mass said by the … [Read more...]

Blessed Chiara Badano an ‘excellent’ model for World Youth Day

Rome, Italy, Jul 16, 2013 / 12:30 pm (CNA).- A friend of Blessed Chiara Badano, a patroness of World Youth Day 2013 who united her suffering from cancer to Christ's passion, called her an excellent model for young people to follow. “I think that the Brazilian bishops' conference chose her because she is a model of sainthood that is simple, and not someone spectacular,” Franz Coriasco, an Italian journalist, told CNA July 16. “She proved that you can pass from the … [Read more...]

Argentine bishop turning 100 assures Pope is ‘a holy man’

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jul 16, 2013 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Guillermo Leaden, who resides in Buenos Aires and will turn 100 on July 20, reflected on the election of Pope Francis by saying, “Bergoglio is a holy man.” Bishop Leaden is an auxiliary bishop emeritus of the Buenos Aires archdiocese. He is the eldest bishop in Argentina, and the fifth eldest in the world. Upon learning that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio – the archbishop of Buenos Aires – had been … [Read more...]

Philosopher lauds Pope’s thriving Latin Twitter account

Washington D.C., Jul 16, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With media outlets taking notice of the unexpected success of the Pope's tweets in Latin, a scholar conversant in the language finds it remarkable that so many are interacting in the “dead” tongue. With 123,000 followers, @Pontifex_ln is actually seen by more Twitter users than are the Pope's tweets in Polish, German and Arabic. Not only are the tweets being read in Latin, some users are responding in … [Read more...]

Proposition 8 still applies in California, backers say

San Francisco, Calif., Jul 16, 2013 / 02:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Proposition 8 backers have filed a legal brief saying that the ballot measure defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman still has legal force in California, alleging that state officials incorrectly acted in response to the recent Supreme Court decision on it.“The U.S. Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, and the district court’s injunction does not apply statewide; therefore, … [Read more...]

Non-profit takes over several Philadelphia archdiocese schools

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 16, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Monday signed an agreement transferring ownership of 14 former parish elementary schools to an independent non-profit school network that will operate them as Catholic schools.Brian McElwee, chairman of Independence Mission Schools, said July 15 that the initiative was intended “to preserve the unique value of Catholic schools – an academically excellent, cost-effective, values-based … [Read more...]