Protest over Egypt violence draws hundreds to nation’s capital

Washington D.C., Aug 23, 2013 / 05:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of Egyptian Christians and Muslims gathered in Washington. D.C., on Aug. 22 to protest acts of terror directed against minorities – particularly Coptic Christians – in Egypt.“You can burn down our churches, but you can never touch our faith,” said one protester at the march. “Burning 100 churches is terrorism, not Morsi legitimacy,” said another.Violence erupted in Egypt after government … [Read more...]

Change in baptismal rite emphasizes Church’s identity

Vatican City, Aug 23, 2013 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- In one of his last acts as Pope, Benedict XVI approved changed wording in the rite of baptism which emphasizes “the Church of God” as the community into which the baptized individual has been incorporated.After having baptized a child, the minister will now receive him, saying, “The Church of God welcomes you with great joy,” according to a Feb. 22 decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship signed by Cardinal Antonio … [Read more...]

Faith can overcome secularism, Archbishop Chaput tells Latinos

Los Angeles, Calif., Aug 23, 2013 / 03:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Stressing the importance of personal witness to counter secular trends among Hispanics, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia today praised the work of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders. “Hispanic culture still has a soul formed by an encounter with Jesus Christ, and the humanity and compassion that flow from it,” Archbishop Chaput said Aug. 23 at the association's national … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to meet with refugees in Rome next month

Vatican City, Aug 23, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a few weeks, Pope Francis will make a short trip outside the walls of the Vatican City to the center of Rome to visit a group of refugees.On the afternoon of Sept. 10, he will greet those who receive free meals at the Jesuit Refugee Center, located at the mother church of the Jesuits.The Society of Jesus – or Jesuits – have been running the Center Astalli, located behind the Church of the Gesù, for 13 years, … [Read more...]

Critics bash ‘dimwitted’ attack on Archbishop Chaput

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 23, 2013 / 09:02 am (CNA).- An essay claiming that Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia was put in a “right-wing funk” by Pope Francis' popularity “completely misunderstood” the archbishop, his defenders say.Two Catholic writers have strongly criticized an Aug. 17 National Catholic Reporter opinion essay by University of St. Thomas School of Law Professor Charles J. Reid, Jr.Reid used Archbishop Chaput's July 23 interview with … [Read more...]

Quest for ethical stem cells prompts moral questions

Washington D.C., Aug 23, 2013 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first human trials for the treatment of blindness using induced pluripotent stem cells has brought the hope of creating stem cell therapies that do not rely upon destroyed embryos back in the public eye.However, moral and medical questions surrounding the research on “iPSCs” have raised questions about whether the process is living up to its hopes of providing an innovative advance in biotechnology without relying on … [Read more...]

Dorothy Day teaches us about the human person, archbishop says

Los Angeles, Calif., Aug 23, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA).- In light of the modern crisis of misunderstanding the human person, American social activist Dorothy Day is a model for viewing humanity correctly, says Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles.After her conversion to the Catholic faith, the 20th century advocate for the poor went on “to lead a transfigured life, in the image of Jesus Christ,” the archbishop wrote in an Aug. 9 column for “The … [Read more...]