US bishops: employment bill is wrong solution to discrimination

Washington D.C., Nov 5, 2013 / 04:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bill to prohibit workplace discrimination against homosexual and transgender persons poses serious threats to religious freedom and undermines the biological basis of gender, say its critics as it heads to a crucial Senate vote. “All Americans should oppose unjust discrimination, but ENDA does not advance that goal. In fact, it moves us in the wrong direction,” said scholar and author Ryan T. Anderson.He told CNA … [Read more...]

Vatican nunciature to Syria hit by mortar; no casualties

Damascus, Syria, Nov 5, 2013 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's nunciature in Damascus was hit by a mortar round at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, damaging the building but neither killing nor injuring any persons. “Given the hour, there was only material damages, not to people,” Vatican press officer Fr. Federico Lombardi said in a press conference Nov. 5. “Had it been later it would have been much more dangerous. Thanks to God no one was hurt.” The mortar … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Christians are ‘called to a party’

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2013 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass Pope Francis said that at the essence of Christianity is an invitation to the Lord’s feast, emphasizing that we cannot be passive in front of the Lord’s call.“You are invited to join in the feast, to the joy of being saved, to the joy of being redeemed, to the joy of sharing life with Christ. This is a joy! You are called to a party!” the Pope exclaimed in his Nov. 5 homily.The reflections … [Read more...]

Vatican releases preparatory document for synod on family

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2013 / 08:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a press conference Tuesday, the Vatican released the official preparatory document on the upcoming synod of bishops on the family, revealing key topics of the meeting's discussions. “The document contains, as well as a general presentation on the matter, various essential Biblical and Magisterial quotations on the theme as well as a questionnaire on the main challenges regarding the family,” Cardinal Péter Erdo … [Read more...]

Musician blends Tango, classic styles in Mass composition

Rome, Italy, Nov 5, 2013 / 07:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a festival in Rome, an Argentinian composer noted the need for sacred music in modern society and spoke of a Mass he wrote honoring his country which draws from both classical and Tango traditions. “The Mass is a Catholic Mass, but my history is I don't have a very religious formation…I learn a lot of religious by the music, through the music,” Martin Palmeri said of the music he composed in an Oct. 29 interview … [Read more...]

Pro-life groups say McAuliffe too ‘extreme’ for Va. governor

Richmond, Va., Nov 5, 2013 / 05:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Virginians head to the polls to elect their next governor, pro-life groups are urging voters to consider the ‘extreme’ views of Terry McAuliffe, which they say could jeopardize the health and safety of women.“It’s an outrage that Terry McAuliffe is siding with big abortion instead of Virginia women by opposing these common sense health and safety standards,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the … [Read more...]

Indian diocese goes ‘green’ at intercultural festival

Miao, India, Nov 5, 2013 / 04:27 am (CNA).- The Diocese of Miao, located in far north-east India, is promoting stewardship of the environment by choosing to give saplings to guests at its events rather than the customary floral arrangements.“We have decided to offer a sapling to the chief guests of any of our programmes instead of flower bouquets,” Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao said, according to an Oct. 23 release from the diocese.The first instance of the Miao … [Read more...]