Immigration advocates give Pope letters from children

Vatican City, Mar 26, 2014 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of U.S. immigration reform advocates participated in Wednesday’s General Audience at the Vatican, giving the Pope letters from children who face being separated from their parents by deportation. The group, which traveled from Los Angeles and was blessed by the city’s Archbishop Jose Gomez, hoped to encourage Pope Francis to advocate for them during his impending meeting with President Barack Obama. The group chose … [Read more...]

Bishops say Cesar Chavez film shows Catholic social justice

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 26, 2014 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several bishops have praised “Cesar Chavez,” a new movie about the labor rights leader and devout Catholic, for its portrayal of a man whom they say embodied the ideals of Catholic social justice. “This fine film shows a man of deep faith who struggled against injustice using the spiritual weapons of nonviolence, prayer and fasting,” Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles said March 14. “Cesar … [Read more...]

UK fetal incineration scandal prompts calls to respect life

London, England, Mar 26, 2014 / 11:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Revelations that National Health Service hospitals in the U.K. have disposed of the bodies of miscarried or aborted children by incineration as clinical waste show the need to reject abortion and to respect life, pro-life leaders said. “We hope that this tragic and distressing story will cause the mask that exists to disguise the humanity of the unborn to slip, causing society to reflect more deeply on the value of human life … [Read more...]

German bishop accused of luxurious lifestyle resigns (Updated)

Vatican City, Mar 26, 2014 / 08:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Updated March 26, 2014 at 9:52a.m. MST. Adds comments from Cardinal Reinhard Marx at paragraph 3.In a March 26 statement the Holy See announced its acceptance of the resignation of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebarts-van Elst, noting that the situation in his diocese does not allow the full exercise of his ministry. “Considering that in the diocese of Limburg a situation has arisen that prevents the fruitful exercise of the ministry of … [Read more...]

Holy Orders fosters a passionate love of the Church, Pope notes

Vatican City, Mar 26, 2014 / 05:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Sacraments, devoting today’s discourse to those who receive Holy Orders, referring to it as a vocation of “service.” “Those who are ordained are placed at the head of the community as servants, as Jesus did and taught,” the Pope observed in his March 26 general audience, adding that “the sacrament also helps them to … [Read more...]

Women rally outside Supreme Court for religious liberty

Washington D.C., Mar 26, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Women supporting employers challenging the government's contraception mandate spoke out in support of a vision of women's equality that supports fertility and women's role as employers, as the case was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday. "All issues are women's issues" said Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association, quoting an earlier statement by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R- N.H.). "Women are … [Read more...]

Culture of exclusion sacrifices children, elderly, Pope warns

Vatican City, Mar 26, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Efforts to fight a “throw-away culture of exclusion” should include openness to the lives of the young and elderly, as well as education and even sports, Pope Francis has said. The Holy Father expressed his concern for “excessive economic liberalism and how it has instilled a culture of exclusion,” according to AICA.   “In some countries there exists a hidden euthanasia,” he said, with medical … [Read more...]


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