Marian musical performed at Sri Lankan basilica

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Mar 20, 2014 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Colombo celebrated its recent “children’s day” with the performance of a newly-created musical recounting the period in Mary’s life from the Annunciation until the birth of Christ. “It pictures a kind of moral dilemma, and thoughts that may have passed in the mind of Mary from the time of her consent (at the Annunciation), with the consequences seeming to contradict the law of … [Read more...]

Labor upholds human dignity, Pope says

Vatican City, Mar 20, 2014 / 03:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis addressed the central role of employment in realizing human dignity during a special audience with steelworkers and residents from Umbria, Italy at the Vatican. “Labor is an essential reality for society, for families and for individuals. Labor, in fact, directly regards the person, his life, his liberty and his happiness,” Pope Francis said March 20 at Paul VI Hall. “The primary value of labor is the … [Read more...]

Young nun wows judges on Italy’s ‘The Voice’

Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2014 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sr. Cristina Scuccia is a 25 year old member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family who has appeared on "The Voice of Italy," a reality show akin to "American Idol" or "Britain’s Got Talent."Sr. Cristina surprised the four judges on The Voice of Italy March 19 with both her talent and her habit.The judges on the show begin with their backs turned to the performer, and turn around only if they … [Read more...]

Rely on God alone, Pope encourages in homily

Vatican City, Mar 20, 2014 / 11:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis drew on today’s readings from the Gospel of Luke and the Psalms to warn listeners against putting one’s faith in man or accomplishments, rather than God. “Let us ask the Lord for the grace that he would give to each of us the wisdom to have confidence only in him — not in things, not in human powers; only in him,” the Pope preached in his homily at his Mass said March 20 at the chapel of St. … [Read more...]

In sister’s memory, student raises funds for disabled children

Washington D.C., Mar 20, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic University engineering student James Roche hopes to raise money for a disabled children's home in Jamaica, not only for those he met while on a 2013 mission trip but in memory of his sister. After his sister Caitlin – who lived with cerebral palsy and seizure disorders – passed away last November at the age of 29, Roche and his mother decided to raise funds for the Missionaries of the Poor who run an outreach … [Read more...]

US bishops designate St John Paul II National Shrine

Washington D.C., Mar 20, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of Bl. John Paul II’s April 27 canonization, the U.S. bishops have named a D.C.-based facility as a national shrine to commemorate the beloved Roman Pontiff. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, said the action reflects “the love of Catholics in America for John Paul II.” “This national shrine is truly America’s fitting tribute and remembrance of … [Read more...]

Ark. judge strikes down heartbeat-based abortion ban

Little Rock, Ark., Mar 20, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.S. District Court’s ruling against Arkansas’ fetal heartbeat-based abortion restrictions disappointed pro-life advocates, but they said the effort still helps the unborn. Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert, who sponsored the legislation, said that despite the ruling, the law was still “a win for the pro-life movement” because of its other provisions. “When people have to face the reality that … [Read more...]