Hundreds in DC celebrate World Youth Day locally

Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2013 / 05:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Over 500 local pilgrims flocked to the Franciscan Monastery in Washington D.C. on Saturday to join in prayer and show solidarity with the millions of World Youth Day pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro.“The beauty of the Universal Church is that you can feel close  to the Bishop of Rome, not because he is the Church, but because he represents a Church that is universal but also local. You can’t separate those two … [Read more...]

Britain’s online porn ban hailed as sensible solution

London, England, Jul 29, 2013 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A British plan to apply family-friendly filters to internet connections by default has drawn praise as a thoughtful way to balance the free flow of information with the protection of people from harm. U.K. prime minister David Cameron announced in a July 22 speech that the government had reach an agreement with the nation's biggest internet service providers, covering 95 percent of British homes, to block access to pornography … [Read more...]

Cardinal O’Malley to youth: witness by building strong marriages

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 10:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston encouraged thousands of pilgrims at a catechesis talk in Rio de Janeiro to choose carefully and use the right criteria when picking a spouse.“Don’t marry someone because they’re rich or you share the same hobbies, marry someone because you share the same sense of mission,” he said July 26 at the city’s entertainment venue, Vivo Rio.“Get married to … [Read more...]

Lector at Papal WYD Mass says she encountered Church

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 06:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The young woman who proclaimed a Scripture reading at the Papal Mass at World Youth Day said that it was an unforgettable experience that enabled her to encounter the Church in a unique way.“It was amazing to look out and see more than three million people, and to think that this is all due to 12 men who said ‘yes’ to God’s call 2,000 years ago,” said 19-year-old Katherine Bauman, a native of … [Read more...]