English new evangelization school consecrated to Mary

Plymouth, England, Mar 25, 2014 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking its patronal feast Tuesday, the School of the Annunciation, a center for the new evangelization in England and Wales, held a Mass at which it was consecrated to Our Lady. “I’m really delighted Pope Francis has said the new evangelization must be Marian in character,” Dr. Petroc Willey, a founding member of the School of the Annunciation, told CNA March 13. In his apostolic exhortation “Evangelii … [Read more...]

Supreme Court justices divided on HHS mandate argument

Washington D.C., Mar 25, 2014 / 03:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments touching on religious freedom and for-profit companies Tuesday, the justices seemed divided over support for corporations or the government. “A divided Supreme Court seemed inclined to agree Tuesday that the religious beliefs of business owners may trump a requirement in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act that they provide their employees with insurance coverage for all types of … [Read more...]

Contraception mandate case argued at US Supreme Court

Washington D.C., Mar 25, 2014 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a challenge to the Affordable Care Act touching on the federal government’s compelling for-profit companies to provide coverage for contraceptives despite owners’ religious objections. Hobby Lobby co-founder Barbara Green, whose business is one of the plaintiffs in the case, said her family is thankful that the Supreme Court heard their case, adding “we prayerfully … [Read more...]

Pope lauds Mary’s meekness on feast of the Annunciation

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2014 / 09:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis emphasized that salvation is a gift from the Lord which we ought to receive with humility and obedience, just as Mary did. “In order to receive this salvation, we need a humble heart, a meek heart, an obedient heart. Like that of Mary,” the Pope affirmed in his March 25 daily Mass. Addressing those gathered in the Vatican’s Saint Martha … [Read more...]

Archbishop underscores beauty, joy of family life

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2014 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the official presentation of the upcoming World Day of Families in Rome, Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke of the importance of family life in society, and expressed his desire to strengthen it in the Church. “We in Pennsylvania are grateful to continue this great tradition of reaffirming the importance, the beauty, and the joy of Christian family life,” the archbishop expressed during a March 25 press conference announcing … [Read more...]

Chile’s ‘Day of the Unborn Child’ to recognize pregnant mothers

Santiago, Chile, Mar 25, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time this year in Chile, March 25 will officially be celebrated as the Day of the Unborn Child, recognizing the need to protect and care for expectant mothers and their children. As part of the celebration, the foundation Chile Unido and the Santiago subway system will hand out more than 3000 white roses to pregnant women, as a symbol of the purity of their unborn children. The purpose of the initiative is to honor … [Read more...]

Pope Francis gaining interest of American publishing houses

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2014 / 02:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ words are grabbing the attention of American publishing houses as well of the U.S. bishops’ conference communications office, according to the Vatican Publishing House. “I would say that Pope Francis grabs a lot of interest in the world of publishers,” Fr. Giuseppe Costa, director of Libreria Editrice Vaticana – Vatican Publishing House – told CNA March 4. Libreria Editrice Vaticana is … [Read more...]