Bishops offer encouragement on anniversary of civil rights march

Washington D.C., Aug 14, 2013 / 05:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Half a century after the famous civil rights march in Washington, D.C., significant progress towards justice has been made, but some goals remain unmet, said a group of U.S. bishops.“While we cannot deny the change that has taken place, there remains much to be accomplished,” said members of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church.In a statement marking the 50th anniversary of the historic … [Read more...]

Ecuador president apologizes for profanation of hospital chapel

Quito, Ecuador, Aug 14, 2013 / 04:30 pm (CNA).- President Rafael Correa of Ecuador has apologized to Archbishop Lorenzo Voltolini of Portoviejo for the profanation of a chapel at the Verdi Cevallos Hospital last Friday.All of the sacred objects in the chapel, including the tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament reserved, were removed on Aug. 9 to put in hospital beds. On Aug. 13, the president called Archbishop Voltolini “to apologize for the incident, especially because the … [Read more...]

Argentine soccer star says meeting Pope was unforgettable

Rome, Italy, Aug 14, 2013 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi said his audience with Pope Francis on August 13 in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall was a moment that he will never forget.“Undoubtedly it was a very special moment, surely one of the most special of my life,” Messi told reporters at a press conference at the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences shortly after the meeting with the Pope.“I had the chance to approach and greet him, … [Read more...]

New York cardinal warns of rampant ‘disposable culture’

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 14, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent Knights of Columbus event, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and other Church leaders warned against the tendency to “discard” society's marginalized, including immigrants.During the Knights' 131st convention in San Antonio, Texas, Cardinal Dolan referred to Pope Francis' notion of the “globalization of indifference,” saying this can be seen in how modern society has become a … [Read more...]

Wis. law could push Catholic hospitals to admit abortionists

Madison, Wis., Aug 14, 2013 / 02:09 am (CNA).- A new abortion restriction in Wisconsin could inadvertently require several Catholic health systems to grant abortion doctors admitting privileges at their hospitals due to a decades-old federal law.“I don’t think too many people thought about that particular aspect,” John Huebscher, executive director of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, told CNA Aug. 13. “My understanding is that this issue has surfaced in other … [Read more...]

Pope to consecrate world to Mary’s Immaculate Heart

Vatican City, Aug 14, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary this Oct. 13 as part of the Marian Day celebration that will involve the statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.“The Holy Father strongly desires that the Marian Day may have present, as a special sign, one of the most significant Marian icons for Christians throughout the world and, for that reason, we thought of the beloved original Statue of Our Lady of … [Read more...]


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