Knights urge prayers to St. Francis for peace in Ukraine

New Haven, Conn., Feb 21, 2014 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus have asked that the faithful join them in reciting the Prayer of St. Francis this coming Sunday, offering as an intention the end to the ongoing violence waging in Ukraine's capitol. In a Feb. 21 statement, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said the group has “been following the events unfolding in Ukraine,” recalling Pope Francis' words yesterday assuring the country of his … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez: avoid ‘dead end’ on immigration reform

Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 21, 2014 / 12:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- L.A. Archbishop José H. Gomez has called for “interim measures” such as a moratorium on immigration raids and help for undocumented minors in order to bypass immigration reform’s apparent “political dead end.” “These two proposals are no substitute for true immigration reform — but they would make a big difference in the lives of millions of our neighbors,” Archbishop Gomez … [Read more...]

Venezuela cardinal asks government to rein in armed groups

Caracas, Venezuela, Feb 21, 2014 / 11:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas said the Church is willing to help establish peace in Venezuela, but reminded the government of its duty to rein in armed groups that are violently disrupting peaceful demonstrations. “There are armed groups that don't seem to belong to the security forces of the State. Why are they acting with impunity when the government is in charge of arms control? The government need to rein in … [Read more...]

Faith is not a ‘theory,’ emphasizes Pope

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2014 / 07:43 am (CNA).- Pope Francis centered his daily homily today around the importance of Christians having a living, rather than merely theoretical, faith. “Even we make this mistake many times: ‘But I have a lot of faith,’ we hear it said. ‘I believe everything, everything...’ And maybe the person who says this has a tepid, weak life. His faith is like a theory, but it is not alive in his life,” said Pope Francis on Feb. 21 in … [Read more...]

Catholic campus in Ukraine mourns lecturer killed in protests

Lviv, Ukraine, Feb 21, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ukrainian Catholic University, located in the far-western city of Lviv, is lamenting the death of one of its lecturers who was killed Feb. 20 during anti-government protests in Kyiv. Bohdan Solchanyk, who was 29, lectured on modern history at the university and was killed at Independence Square in the Ukrainian capital during protests that have been ongoing since November. “I really appreciated Bohdan as a creative young … [Read more...]

Kan. religious freedom bill dies after being labeled ‘segregation’

Topeka, Kan., Feb 21, 2014 / 02:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Kansas bill to protect the conscience rights of those who morally object to “gay marriage” stalled in the legislature after opponents portrayed it as a discrimination law akin to the Jim Crow laws of the early 20th century. “Protecting religious liberty and the rights of conscience does not infringe on anyone’s sexual freedoms,” said Ryan Anderson, pro-family scholar and co-author of “What is … [Read more...]

Cardinal tells consistory to proclaim ‘gospel of the family’

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2014 / 12:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Walter Kasper addressed the Extraordinary Consistory on the Family Thursday morning about how to rediscover and proclaim the “gospel of the family.” Cardinal Kasper spoke to about 150 Catholic cardinals on the morning of Feb. 20 after brief remarks by Pope Francis, who discussed “the beauty of the family and marriage,” as well as the family’s joys, hopes, struggles and sufferings. Father … [Read more...]