Crowds in DC urged to continue work of Martin Luther King

Washington D.C., Aug 28, 2013 / 05:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of people gathered in downtown Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s now-famous “I Have a Dream Speech.”King’s words remain with us today, said U.S. President Barack Obama, because they “belong to the ages, possessing a power and prophecy unmatched in our time.”The hours-long event, entitled “Let Freedom Ring,” … [Read more...]

Pope meets with 500 young pilgrims at St. Peter’s Basilica

Vatican City, Aug 28, 2013 / 12:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met today at Saint Peter’s Basilica with around 500 youths from the central Italian diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio, who are currently on pilgrimage in Rome.“This is a moment really of trepidation and joy, but also of deep faith, expressed through pure affection for the Pope,” said the Bishop Gianni Ambrosio of Piacenza just before the encounter.The pilgrimage, which is taking place during the Year of Faith, … [Read more...]

Rape victim consoled, encouraged by call from Pope Francis

Rome, Italy, Aug 28, 2013 / 12:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A 44-year-old woman from Argentina said that after writing a letter to Pope Francis telling him that she had been raped by a local police officer, the Pope called her to tell her, “You are not alone.”“The Pope told me he receives thousands of letters each day, but that what I wrote moved him and touched his heart,” the woman said in an interview with the National University of Cordoba’s Canal 10 TV … [Read more...]

Iran rejects appeal from imprisoned US pastor

Washington D.C., Aug 28, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Calls for U.S. action continue after an Iranian court rejected an appeal from Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his religious work in the country.“The news out of Iran is devastating to our family,” said Naghmeh Abedini, wife of the pastor, in an Aug. 26 statement. “From past cases, we know that the decision to release my husband lies solely at the mercy of the Supreme … [Read more...]

Bishop highlights link between religious liberty, natural law

Arlington, Va., Aug 28, 2013 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, Wis., implored Catholics to speak up for religious freedom and for truth after explaining the link between the two at a lecture in Arlington, Va., on Aug. 23.“Freedom of religion is the most basic of all the human rights, because the other human rights are limited to matters of time,” he said in a talk at the Institute of Catholic Culture.“Freedom of religion relates to my … [Read more...]