Pope Francis tells Augustinian order to be ‘restless’ in love

Vatican City, Aug 29, 2013 / 09:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis asked members of the Order of Saint Augustine gathered in Rome for the opening Mass of their meeting to be restless in continuing to seek the well-being of other people. “Restlessness is also love, always seeking the good of others, of loved ones, with that intensity that also leads to tears,” Pope Francis said at the Basilica of Saint Augustine. “The restlessness of love always encourages us to reach … [Read more...]

Charity 5K takes on new meaning as family preps for adoption

Washington D.C., Aug 29, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The organizer of a charitable run to raise funds for orphans in China says the event has special meaning this year as her family is in the midst of adopting a child of their own. “God has really opened a lot of doors and moved the process forward for us. The run has been a big blessing for us and even for our kids,” Katie Murphy, founder of the Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K, told CNA Aug. 27. When she organized … [Read more...]

US government condemns killings by Nigerian extremist group

Washington D.C., Aug 29, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said the United States “strongly condemns” recent killings in Nigeria and an Aug. 10 attack on a mosque reportedly perpetrated by Boko Haram-affiliated extremists.“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those killed and concern for those wounded. The United States stands with the people of Nigeria to reject the indiscriminate attacks on worshippers of all … [Read more...]

Critics say Joseph Bottum’s marriage essay could confuse Catholics

Denver, Colo., Aug 29, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA).- Critics of a recent essay rejecting continued political opposition to “gay marriage” warn that the author risks confusing Catholics and helps empower a false vision of the fundamental institution of marriage.Deacon Keith Fournier, editor in chief at Catholic Online, wrote on Aug. 28 that Catholic thinker Joseph Bottum’s essay could significantly “undermine the Catholic Church” and its teachings on … [Read more...]

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...]