Mother Teresa Awards given to promoters of social justice

Mumbai, India, Nov 16, 2013 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Harmony Foundation, based in Mumbai, on Oct. 27 conferred its Mother Teresa Awards on eight individuals and an organization for their work towards social justice and peace in the world. “We strive to restore belief in compassion and egalitarianism that highlights the various endeavors taken up by individuals and NGOs to promote peace and strengthen humanity as a whole,” Abraham Mathai, who founded The Harmony Foundation … [Read more...]

Pope to Guadalupe pilgrims: use Gospel’s ‘perfume’ to evangelize

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 16, 2013 / 02:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ video message to the pilgrims gathered in Mexico City today encouraged the faithful to spread the Gospel with a peaceful manner, as did Christ. “The task of evangelization requires much patience, much patience…don’t lose peace in the presence of discord.  And know also to present the Christian message in a serene and gradual manner, with the perfume of the Gospel, as the Lord did,” … [Read more...]

God a ‘relentless warrior’ for our salvation, says Pope Francis

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2013 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Preaching his homily during Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta in the Vatican, the Pope stressed God's unwavering dedication to redeeming mankind. “When the Lord takes up the defense of his people it is like this: he is a relentless warrior and saves his people,” Pope Francis said Nov. 16. God “saves (and) renews everything: ‘All creation was made anew in its nature as before.’ ‘The Red Sea … [Read more...]

Catholics pray, send aid in Typhoon Haiyan’s wake

Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov 16, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Salesian religious order is responding to Typhoon Haiyan as Catholics around the world voice their prayers and support for the massive storm's victims. “Salesians were on the ground and able to respond immediately,” Father Mark Hyde, executive director of the U.S.-based Salesian Missions, said Nov. 12. “But they need additional help and we are responding to that call.” The Salesian missionaries in the … [Read more...]

Colorado Obamacare ad criticized even by Planned Parenthood

Denver, Colo., Nov 15, 2013 / 05:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Colorado ad campaign to encourage young people to purchase the insurance plans offered under Obamacare have garnered criticism for their glib attitude and promotion of risky behaviors. Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, a subsidiary of Planned Parenthood, tweeted Nov. 12 that an ad entitled "Let's get physical" was "unfortunate"for its " #slutshaming #women who use #birthcontrol" incorrectly assuming … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus cosponsor pilgrimage to Guadalupe shrine

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 15, 2013 / 05:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A conference and pilgrimage held this weekend at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City will feature Carl Anderson, the Knights of Columbus' Supreme Knight, among its speakers. “At Guadalupe, Mary's message was one of love and reconciliation, which can be seen echoed in Pope Francis' efforts to reach out to the poor and marginalized,   to   the fallen-away and those who have … [Read more...]