Social media campaign calls for pastor’s release from Iranian prison

Washington D.C., Nov 22, 2013 / 12:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 3,000 people used social media on Nov. 21 to call for the release of a pastor imprisoned in Iran, as part of a new campaign to support the pastor, a U.S. citizen and convert to Christianity.“This represents a tremendous outpouring of concern for Pastor Saeed,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, in a statement.“It is clear that the power of social media is … [Read more...]

Pope: adoration ‘most important point’ of faith communities

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2013 / 10:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass homily Pope Francis reflected on the many reasons that we gather together to pray, noting that of all of these, the praise and worship of God should take priority over everything else.“Above all to worship, in the temple they worship the Lord. And this is the most important point,” the Pope emphasized in his Nov. 22 daily homily.Pope Francis directed his reflections to those present in the Saint Martha … [Read more...]

Catholics remember sorrow of JFK assassination

Washington D.C., Nov 22, 2013 / 10:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The 50th anniversary of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination has prompted many Catholics to remember the first Catholic president’s impact on American life and the deep grief and shock his death caused.“So many people can recall exactly where they were when they got the news of Kennedy’s death,” Brendan Moore, national president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, told CNA Nov. 20.Moore, … [Read more...]

Doctor warns of ‘utilitarian’ anthropology in care of elderly

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2013 / 05:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a conference for health care workers, a Swiss doctor spoke of the world’s increasing elderly population, noting the importance of upholding human dignity in the treatment of common diseases."With that view, the utilitarian view, we drive inevitably in that direction…but it's not a sustainable solution. The sustainable solution comes from a different anthropologic view," Dr. Christoph von Ritter told CNA … [Read more...]

US bishops’ president: Pope calls us to ‘see the person first’

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 22, 2013 / 04:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The new leader of the U.S. bishops said that Pope Francis is calling Catholics to follow Christ in the Gospels through a personal encounter with the most vulnerable in society.“Our Holy Father brings this sense of ‘going out,’” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., newly-elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.In a Nov. 17 interview with CNA, Archbishop Kurtz noted that … [Read more...]

Pope Francis sends golden rose to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 22, 2013 / 02:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Marc Ouellet, president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, presented a golden rose from Pope Francis to Our Lady of Guadalupe, calling the rose a sign of love, gratitude and enthusiasm.“Our hearts more than our heads know the debt of love we owe you,” the cardinal said to the Blessed Mother. “This is why we beg you to receive from us a special gesture of grateful love.”He prayed … [Read more...]

New Catholics remind us to take faith seriously, archbishop notes

Vatican City, Nov 22, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on the end of the Year of Faith, a Vatican official says the witness of those joining the Church under difficult circumstances should prompt others to commit more fully to their faith.Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the head of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, reflected that catechumens, “prior to receiving baptism...have had a long journey to make, but they are animated by a desire to become part of the … [Read more...]