Filmmakers draw attention to plight of Middle East Christians

Washington D.C., Feb 19, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians in the West must take seriously their duty to support those suffering in the Middle East, the birthplace of Christianity, said a team of filmmakers working on a documentary about the subject.   “Christianity began in the East, and Christians in the West seem to have forgotten that fact,” said Drew Bowling, a Washington, D.C.-based writer working on the documentary project. “It's tragic to see … [Read more...]

Pontifical academy to address science, ethics of aging

Vatican City, Feb 19, 2014 / 02:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the global number of elderly increases, one Vatican advisory group is meeting this week to discuss the many challenges associated with aging and its often accompanying disabilities. The Pontifical Academy for Life's general assembly will consider issues surrounding “the scientific, the medical...and ethical issues concerning these specific problems coming from the situation of many elderly people to become disabled,” … [Read more...]

Elderly nun sentenced for nuclear site break-in

Knoxville, Tenn., Feb 19, 2014 / 12:38 pm (CNA).- Sister Megan Rice of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for breaking into and causing damage at a Tennessee nuclear weapons manufacturing facility. The 83-year-old nun was accompanied in the July 2012 break-in by Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, all of whom are members of Transform Now Plowshares. The three had been convicted May 8, 2013, and received their sentences Feb. 18. Walli and … [Read more...]

Bill to protect state definitions of marriage introduced

Washington D.C., Feb 19, 2014 / 08:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have introduced bills bolstering the ability of individual states to declare what they will and will not recognize as a marriage and enforce that definition within state boundaries. The State Marriage Defense Act of 2014 declares that in a given state, the term marriage will “not include any relationship which that State, territory, or possession does not recognize as a marriage, and the term … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Be courageous, go to confession

Vatican City, Feb 19, 2014 / 04:57 am (CNA).- During his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. "Everyone say to himself: ‘When was the last time I went to confession?’ And if it has been a long time, don’t lose another day! Go, the priest will be good. And Jesus, (will be) there, and Jesus is better than the priests - Jesus receives you. He will receive you with so much love! … [Read more...]

Catholic marriage preparation needs to better ‘evangelize’

Denver, Colo., Feb 19, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of a major U.S. missionary apostolate says that evangelization – not simple catechesis – is needed to prepare Catholics for good marriages by putting Jesus Christ at the center of their lives. “We have got to recognize the difference between evangelization and catechesis,” Curtis Martin, co-founder of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, told CNA Feb. 14. “There is an attempt, by some … [Read more...]

Starvation, disease threaten South Sudan

Malakal, South Sudan, Feb 19, 2014 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Violence in South Sudan has put people in parts of the Diocese of Malakal at risk of starvation, as well as illnesses from a lack of clean water, a local priest has warned. “The question of food is very urgent. People are on the edge of starvation and, if nothing happens, people will fall into that situation,” Monsignor Roko Taban Mousa told Aid to the Church in Need Feb. 13. “This conflict has been devastating … [Read more...]