Defense of marriage is a social justice issue, scholar says

Washington D.C., Oct 9, 2013 / 05:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Maintaining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is a matter of social justice, said Ryan Anderson, a political scholar and editor of the online journal Public Discourse, in a recent talk. Speaking to students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Anderson acknowledged that efforts to redefine marriage are often characterized as being rooted in a sense of justice. However, he said, the case against redefining … [Read more...]

Updated Newman Guide helps students find faithful colleges

Washington D.C., Oct 9, 2013 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- New guides by the Cardinal Newman Society provide guidance for Catholic families looking at higher education for their children as they seek out faithful Catholic colleges. “For those students seeking a college education, I cannot recommend enough that they take a close look at the broad range of faithful colleges recommended in The Newman Guide,” said Thomas Mead, executive vice president of the Newman Society and managing … [Read more...]

Interaction, dialogue needed to end religious violence, priest reflects

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2013 / 10:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview, theology professor Fr. Bryan Lobo urged that dialogue itself is not enough to end religious violence, and stressed the importance of coming together as a community to resolve tensions. “Today dialogue has become a repeated word, so I would like to call it 'interreligious interaction,'” the theologian explained in a Sept. 27 interview with CNA. “It’s not just asking questions about … [Read more...]

Regnum Christi general assembly to be held in December

Rome, Italy, Oct 9, 2013 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the Papal delegate overseeing Regnum Christi and the Legion of Christ, has announced that consecrated women of Regnum Christi will have their first general assembly later this year. “The General Assembly should represent the whole association and, by analogy with what the Code of Canon Law establishes for general chapters of religious institutes, should be 'a true sign of its unity in … [Read more...]

Church’s Catholicity embraces all of humanity, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 9, 2013 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his weekly general audience Pope Francis explored the different elements of what makes the Church Catholic, reflecting on why we call ourselves by that name. “Dear Brothers and Sisters: In the Creed, we profess that the Church is ‘catholic;’ in other words, she is universal,” the Pope said during his Oct. 9 audience in a rainy St. Peter’s Square. He told the thousands of pilgrims present that the … [Read more...]

Victims of sex trafficking need Church community, group says

Washington D.C., Oct 9, 2013 / 04:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although largely unrecognized, sex trafficking in the U.S. is a serious problem, and its victims needs the loving support that the Catholic Church can give, says the head of a D.C.- based ministry.“We need to get people to pay attention to the plight of American girls,” said Candace Wheeler, founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Restoration Ministries, which seeks to bring Christ’s love and aid to victims of sex … [Read more...]

Pope rescued hundreds from military dictatorship, author says

Rome, Italy, Oct 9, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Italian journalist Nello Scavo has released a book entitled “Bergoglio’s List,” recounting the efforts of Pope Francis to help hundreds escape persecution by Argentina's military dictatorship. Scavo told CNA that his book was based on interviews with numerous eyewitnesses and on testimonies reconstructed after thorough research in Argentina.   “From all these stories emerges a list of persons saved by … [Read more...]