Legislators ask for strengthening of military religious freedom

Washington D.C., Mar 11, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.S. senator and a congressman have urged the Secretary of Defense to reissue military rules to strengthen religious freedom protections for military service members who fear reprisals for their beliefs. “We share deep concerns about an evolving military environment increasingly hostile to religious practices, one in which service members fear that expressing their religious beliefs would be ground for disciplinary action or … [Read more...]

Global youth garner thanks for Pope on first anniversary

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mar 11, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of young people from around the world have launched a campaign called Grazie Francesco – Thank You Francis – to send the Pope messages marking the first year of his pontificate March 13. Thousands of messages from around the world in eight different languages can be read on the campaign's website, which was created by the Argentinian group Lindo Lio and inspired by last summer's World Youth Day … [Read more...]

Venezuela cardinal calls for peace amid escalating violence

Caracas, Venezuela, Mar 11, 2014 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino of Caracas again urged peace amid increasing conflict in Venezuela, where at least 20 people have been killed in student protests over the past several weeks. “We wish to reiterate our call to all the inhabitants of Caracas, regardless of their political sympathies, to live together in peace,” he said in a March 7 statement. Student protests began to spark across the nation's cities … [Read more...]

Vatican celebrates Pope’s anniversary with virtual book

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2014 / 08:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of the one year anniversary of Pope Francis’ election as Bishop of Rome, the Vatican website has published a special online book, compiled of various phrases he has spoken throughout the year. Entitled “Do we want to be holy? Yes or no?” the online publication can be found on the Vatican’s official website by clicking on one’s language of choice, after which a pop-up window appears with the … [Read more...]

Unburned letters of John Paul II reveal richness of Trinity

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2014 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The personal notes of JPII published by former secretary Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, which the pontiff asked to be burned, reveal the depth of the Blessed's keen knowledge of the mystery of the Trinity. Entitled “I am so much in God’s hands: Personal records 1962-2003,” the book was published by Krakow-based publisher Znak on Feb. 12, and contains 639 pages of meditations and some photos and scans of the pages from … [Read more...]

Women’s dynamic service to Church celebrated at Vatican

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On March 8, dozens packed into the Vatican's tiny San Carlo Cinema for what was hailed as a “unique storytelling event” on the dramatic narratives of women who give their lives in service to the Church. Throughout the afternoon, 10 different women from around the world stepped onto the darkened stage to tell about their life and work. Despite the vast difference in their experiences – ranging from working with … [Read more...]

Cricket match ends in draw between Sri Lankan Catholic schools

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Mar 11, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The 80th annual “Battle of the Saints”, a cricket match between rival schools in Sri Lanka’s Colombo archdiocese, ended in a draw this weekend. Cricket, a bat-and-ball game popular in the U.K. and its former colonies, is the most popular sport in Sri Lanka. Each March and April, historically rival secondary schools play games for the “Big Match” season. St. Peter’s College and St. … [Read more...]