Archbishop Cordileone supports constitutional marriage amendment

Washington D.C., Feb 20, 2014 / 04:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ marriage defense efforts has offered his support to a suggested constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. “An amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the only remedy in law against this judicial activism that may ultimately end with federal judges declaring that the U.S. Constitution requires states, and consequently the federal … [Read more...]

Catholic patriarch condemns deadly violence in Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine, Feb 20, 2014 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Ukrainian Greek Catholic patriarch decried the deadly conflict between the government and protesters, calling for prayer and fasting amid increasing tensions. Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk on Feb. 20 said the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church condemns “all incitements to violence, because they are contrary to God’s law and to the truths of the Gospel.” “No one can make decisions about sacrificing human … [Read more...]

Pope greets 19 prisoners at St. Martha’s Residence

Vatican City, Feb 20, 2014 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis set aside his schedule Wednesday to meet briefly with 19 inmates from prisons in Pisa and the island of Pianosa, greeting each one individually and blessing them. According to ANSA, the secretary for the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, had organized the inmates’ visit to the Vatican and was celebrating Mass for them at the Vatican Grottos when the Pope learned of their arrival and decided to invited … [Read more...]

Wichita’s new bishop says he will rely on grace and mercy alone

Wichita, Kan., Feb 20, 2014 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor Carl Kemme, a priest of Illinois’ Springfield diocese, was announced as the next Bishop of Wichita Thursday, and he said he accepted the assignment “relying solely on God’s grace and mercy.” “As I will say many times and with utter sincerity, I was not seeking this appointment and in many ways was surprised to learn of it. Over the years, many have mentioned that someday I would be a bishop and I … [Read more...]

Pope names Caribbean missionary as new Miami auxiliary bishop

Miami, Fla., Feb 20, 2014 / 11:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed a new auxiliary bishop for Miami: Malta-born Monsignor Peter Baldacchino, an Archdiocese of Newark priest who has served for more than a decade as a missionary in the Caribbean. Bishop Baldacchino voiced gratitude to the Pope for the Feb. 20 appointment, saying, “I look forward to serving the Archdiocese of Miami and to work with His Grace, Archbishop Thomas Wenski.” “Pray for me. I am … [Read more...]

Pope Francis urges cardinals to reflect deeply on family life

Vatican City, Feb 20, 2014 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met briefly this morning with cardinals who had gathered for a meeting to reflect on the theme of the family, urging them to consider carefully both the Church’s theology and pastoral practice. “Our reflections must keep before us the beauty of the family and marriage, the greatness of this human reality which is so simple and yet so rich, consisting of joys and hopes, of struggles and sufferings, as is the whole … [Read more...]

To know Jesus we must follow him, says Pope Francis

Vatican City, Feb 20, 2014 / 05:39 am (CNA).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of Christian discipleship, emphasizing the need for Christians to follow Jesus with their entire lives, not just intellectually. “Jesus didn’t say to Peter and to his Apostles, ‘Know me!’ he said, ‘Follow me!’ And this following of Jesus makes us know Jesus,” explained Pope Francis on Feb. 20 to those gathered in the chapel of the Casa Santa … [Read more...]