Bishops voice support for marriage, religious freedom bill

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2013 / 05:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- American bishops have praised a recent bill in the House of Representatives that would protect those who share the Church’s understanding of marriage from penalties by the federal government. The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act was introduced in the lower chamber of Congress on Sept. 19 by Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho). “I strongly support the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act,” said Archbishop William … [Read more...]

Columnist calls for ‘life-giving’ community among single laity

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2013 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- Amid rising numbers of people living alone, the Church must help build relationships and community with those who are not called to the vocation of marriage or religious life, an author says in a new column.“Being alone is the first thing God pronounces 'not good,' after so many proclamations of the goodness of His creation. And yet being alone is an increasingly common condition in American life,” writer Eve Tushnet said in … [Read more...]

Pope expresses good will to Muslims in letter to Sunni imam

Cairo, Egypt, Sep 23, 2013 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has indicated respect “for Islam and Muslims” in a letter to the head of the main cultural institution of Sunni Islam, marking the end of Ramadan. Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar University, perhaps the highest authority in Sunni thought, received the Pope’s letter at the hands of Archbishop Jean-Paul Gobel, apostolic nuncio to Egypt, on Sept. 17, Fides News Agency reported. A statement from the … [Read more...]

Houma-Thibodaux diocese in Louisiana receives new bishop

Houma, Louis., Sep 23, 2013 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed Bishop Shelton J. Fabre head of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux today, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Sam G. Jacobs, who had turned 75 in March. Bishop Fabre had served as the auxiliary bishop of New Orleans since 2007. “Bishop Fabre for me has been a true brother in ministry. He has been a great coworker in the ministry of this archdiocese, and I have a great deal of respect for him and for the … [Read more...]

Peace the only solution, Pope says in wake of Pakistan bombing

Rome, Italy, Sep 23, 2013 / 03:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis condemned a massive suicide bombing at a Christian Church in Pakistan over the weekend, calling the violence unacceptable and urging peace efforts in the region.“Today, in Pakistan, because of a wrong choice, a decision of hatred, of war, there was an attack in which over 70 people died. This choice cannot stand.”At around noon Sunday, Sept. 22, two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the midst of the … [Read more...]