Academics call religion vital to a well-functioning society

Washington D.C., Oct 17, 2013 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although different belief systems create varying ideas on what's best for a nation, religious freedom is essential for the maintenance of a just and thriving society, academics said at a recent D.C. event. “Instead of treating religious conviction as the problem, we can treat religious traditions as part of the solution,” Kristine Kalanges, law professor at the University of Notre Dame, said at the Oct. 10 panel. If … [Read more...]

Synod on family can help renew marriage, English bishop says

Portsmouth, England, Oct 17, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Next year’s synod on the family and evangelization is a chance to renew family life and the Catholic vision of marriage, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England has said.“How might we educate, form and support Catholics to embrace with joy the Church’s vision and to put it into practice?” the bishop asked.The extraordinary synod will be held at the Vatican in October 2014 to discuss the pastoral care … [Read more...]

Priests cannot live chastity without prayer, cardinal stresses

Lima, Peru, Oct 17, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid news of sexual misconduct by two local bishops, the Archbishop of Lima says chastity is impossible without prayer and that the priesthood is a treasure that should be safeguarded with fidelity. “The priest who does not pray cannot live chastity, which is a gift from God. He should live obedience and poverty,” Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani said during a local priestly ordination on Oct. 12. “In these days one has to … [Read more...]

Do not reduce the faith to ‘moralistic’ ideology, Pope warns

Rome, Italy, Oct 17, 2013 / 09:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass homily Pope Francis reflected on the dangers of following one's own personal, “moralistic” ideology, stressing the importance of prayer in staying open to God.If a Christian “becomes a disciple of ideology,” noted Pope Francis during his Oct. 17 daily Mass, “he has lost the faith.”Pope Francis offered his words to those who were gathered with him in the chapel at the … [Read more...]

Oklahoma City archbishop reveals five-year discipleship plan

Oklahoma City, Okla., Oct 17, 2013 / 04:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an Oct. 7 pastoral letter entitled “Go Make Disciples,” Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City offered to the members of his archdiocese a multi-year vision of holiness and mission.“The whole language of discipleship is not something that perhaps has been well understood or very much emphasized, but I think it's something that we really have to latch onto,” the archbishop told CNA Oct. 15 in a … [Read more...]

Springfield diocese offering free legal aid to those in need

Springfield, Ill., Oct 17, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Illinois diocese is launching a volunteer legal services program for the poor in need of legal counsel for civil matters, its bishop announced.“I have seen first-hand how civil legal aid can be a lifeline that enables families to save their home from foreclosure or eviction, recover back wages from an employer, secure disability benefits or provide protection in domestic violence situations,” said Bishop Thomas … [Read more...]

Health and development non-profit expands work to Peru

Phoenix, Ariz., Oct 17, 2013 / 12:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Arizona-based international development organization has announced its expansion into Peru to help impoverished rural families who live near the famous Incan sanctuary of Machu Picchu.“For the past year, we’ve been looking at South America and planning our expansion,” Tom Egan, president and CEO of Esperança, said Sept. 27. “The need in Peru is great and we’re excited to bring hope to the … [Read more...]