Obama urges House to resume talks on immigration reform

Washington D.C., Oct 24, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President Barack Obama has asked the House of Representatives to move on an immigration reform bill, emphasizing the current dysfunctions in the immigration system and pressing for change. “We should pass immigration reform.  It’s good for our economy.  It’s good for our national security.  It’s good for our people.  And we should do it this year,” the president said in an Oct. 24 … [Read more...]

Mission work is about sharing God’s love, Spanish priest says

Madrid, Spain, Oct 24, 2013 / 01:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest who has spent 50 years ministering in the east African nation of Burundi has emphasized that the primary focus of the missions is to help spread God's love, rather than caring for merely material needs. “It's not about building homes or hospitals, but about teaching how to interpret life from the dimension of God's love,” Father Germán Ancanada, a member of the Missionaries of Africa, told CNA … [Read more...]

Pope Francis warns faithful not to be ‘rosewater Christians’

Rome, Italy, Oct 24, 2013 / 08:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis focused on the fact that we have been “re-created” in Christ, urging those in attendance to take their faith seriously, rather than committing halfway.“People do not take it seriously! Lukewarm Christians: ‘But, yes, yes, but, no, no.’ Neither here nor there - as our mothers said, ‘rosewater Christians’ - no!”The Holy Father offered his reflections to … [Read more...]

New Vatican cricket club aims to spark intercultural dialogue

Vatican City, Oct 24, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has launched a new cricket club with the goal of encouraging dialogue between cultures, as well as growing virtue among the athletes, both on and off the field. “The idea was if we start a cricket club, cricket being so popular in the whole of the East, especially in the Indian sub-continent, we could start a dialogue through cricket,” Father Theodore Mascarenas told CNA in an Oct. 22 interview. Fr. Mascarenas … [Read more...]

Charity director laments mounting violence in Central African Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic, Oct 24, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Widespread violence in the Central African Republic which began in December is in risk of diffusing to nearby countries, an official with Aid to the Church in Need has warned. “The situation is becoming steadily more dramatic. Torture, looting and the murder of civilians are continuing unabated, whole villages are being burnt down,” said Christine du Coudray, head of the charity's African section, in … [Read more...]

Beauty queen promotes morality in recent interview

Quezon City, Philippines, Oct 24, 2013 / 12:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first ever Filipina-American to be crowned Miss World revealed her traditional values in a recent television interview.Megan Young, the 23 year-old who was crowned Miss World on Sept. 28, said in a recent television interview that she is pro-life, rejecting both abortion and contraception.Young, who was born in Virginia but moved to the Philippines with her family as a child, was interviewed on ANC, a Filipino news … [Read more...]