Proclaim fullness of Gospel, Pope teaches in interview

Vatican City, Sep 19, 2013 / 05:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis called for Christians to “heal wounds” in society by sharing the entirety of the Church’s message, offering the proper context for its spiritual and moral teaching.The Holy Father explained that “the proclamation of the saving love of God comes before moral and religious imperatives.”Proclamation of salvation must come first, followed by catechesis, and then … [Read more...]

European pro-life initiative gains one million supporters

Brussels, Belgium, Sep 19, 2013 / 05:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An initiative to propose to the European Parliament a ban on the funding of embryo-destructive policies has gained one million signatures, ensuring the proposal will be received at the legislature. The initiative, “One of Us,” seeks to protect the “dignity, the right to life and the integrity of every human being” for all human persons at all stages of development, according to the organizers' … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan reaffirms bishops’ opposition to HHS mandate

Washington D.C., Sep 19, 2013 / 03:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As scores of lawsuits against the federal contraception mandate continue to move through the courts, the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference has voiced renewed commitment to defending religious liberty.“The bishops have made clear their strong, unified commitment to protecting religious freedom,” said Kim Daniels, spokesperson for Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic … [Read more...]

Marian shrine in Spain marks 400th anniversary

Madrid, Spain, Sep 19, 2013 / 02:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The shrine of Our Lady of Fuencisla, patroness of the Spanish city of Segovia, will mark its 400th anniversary on Sept. 23 with a traditional novena led by the city's bishop, Ángel Rubio Castro. “In these 400 years, innumerable Segovians have passed through this Shrine to visit Our Lady. Only she knows of the thousands of intentions, prayers, troubles, joys, sorrows and secrets of her children,” wrote … [Read more...]

Pope exhorts world’s new bishops to be welcoming pastors

Vatican City, Sep 19, 2013 / 07:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke today to new bishops gathered from across the globe, encouraging them to tend their flocks – and to welcome, journey and remain with the members of their dioceses. “I've served three bishops in the diocese of Tyler and I’m the fourth bishop of the diocese,” said Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of Texas during the annual New Bishop's Conference in Rome. “It really is a reminder of … [Read more...]

Two architecture firms chosen to transform Crystal Cathedral

Orange, Calif., Sep 19, 2013 / 03:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Orange, Calif., announced the selection of two firms to collaborate in renovating the “Crystal Cathedral” into a Catholic cathedral at the diocese's annual prayer breakfast yesterday morning.“The Crystal Cathedral is an established international landmark and is much lauded for its architectural inspiration and iconic stature…Johnson Fain and Rios Clementi Hale Studios have the … [Read more...]

Religious liberty threats pose ‘real danger’ in Indonesia, Burma

Washington D.C., Sep 19, 2013 / 01:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The persecution of religious minorities in both Indonesia and Burma pose dangers not only to the two countries, but to the region and the world, says a human rights advocate who specializes in the area.Speaking Sept. 12 on “Radical Islamism in Indonesia and Militant Buddhism in Burma,” a talk sponsored by the Hudson Institute, Benedict Rogers said that “there is a real danger of these situations feeding off each … [Read more...]