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...]

Child’s smile enough to keep volunteers in Syria

Homs, Syria, Jul 15, 2013 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Syrian woman who works in a center for children opened during the country's civil war said that the smile of just one of these children is enough to keep motivating her and her colleagues. “It is difficult to change this reality and to return to them their smiles and their joy; but the smile of one child is always enough to give us energy and support,” reflected Claude Semaan, one of the first volunteers to set up an … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ accommodations for World Youth Day revealed

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 15, 2013 / 01:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has posted a series of photos of the room where Pope Francis will stay during his visit to Brazil for World Youth Day, which will take place July 23-28. The accommodations are located at the Sumare House in Rio de Janeiro, where Blessed John Paul II also stayed in October, 1997. The late pontiff had traveled to Brazil for the Second World Meeting of Families. The room where … [Read more...]

Pope’s island visit carried light to end of world

Lampedusa, Jul 15, 2013 / 12:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the unexpected July 8 visit from Pope Francis, the little Italian island of Lampedusa received “an electric shock,” because he shed light on “the problem of immigration and the suffering of immigration,” says Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of the Agrigento, Sicily archdiocese. It is “meaningful that Pope Francis made his first trip to Lampedusa, thus putting into practice what he asked: to go to the end … [Read more...]

World Youth Day expected to boost economy in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 15, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The organizers of the World Youth Day to be held next week in Brazil have sent a report on the massive economic benefit Pope Francis’ visit will have on the area, estimating some 20,000 jobs to be created. According to organizers, World Youth Day 2013 will have an estimated economic impact of more than $220 million in the Rio de Janeiro area, where the event will be held, from July 20-30. More than 20,000 jobs are also … [Read more...]

Vatican money freeze tied to second Msgr. Scarano case

Vatican City, Jul 15, 2013 / 05:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the Vatican froze funds belonging to Monsignor Nunzio Scarano after the Italian police arrested him, the hold on his account at the Vatican’s Institute for Religious Works and his suspension from work are related to a separate case of alleged money laundering. Msgr. Scarano, a suspended accountant for the Administration for the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, known by its Italian acronym APSA, is currently under arrest and … [Read more...]