Chinese activist deplores Tiananmen Square cover up

Princeton, N.J., Jun 4, 2014 / 05:19 pm (CNA).- Marking the 25th anniversary of the massacre of protestors at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng is lamenting the lack of change in the People's Republic of China. “Twenty-five years later, instead of admitting its evils and facing history, the Communist Party of China continues to cover it all up, and continues its one-party dictatorship,” Chen wrote in a column published June 4 at The … [Read more...]

Bill against wrongful birth suits could protect disabled children

Washington D.C., Jun 4, 2014 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Every Child is a Blessing Act, a bill recently introduced in the House, aims to protect children with disabilities against lawsuits claiming they should have been aborted due to their condition. “No child should ever have to hear they should have never been born,” said Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-Miss), who sponsored the bill and introduced it to the House of Representatives, in a May 22 statement. “I believe … [Read more...]

Latin patriarch dedicates church at Magdala Center

Jerusalem, Israel, Jun 4, 2014 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has consecrated a church at the inauguration of the Magdala Center, an archaeological park in Mary Magdalene’s hometown that contains a first century synagogue where Jesus Christ may have preached. “I hope that, for the thousands of pilgrims who visit this place, it will be an opportunity to experience God made man who walked in these lands,” Patriarch Twal said May 28 at the … [Read more...]

Bishop: Preserving marriage is integral part of civic responsibility

Arlington, Va., Jun 4, 2014 / 12:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to continuing efforts to redefine marriage, Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, Va., urged action to protect the union of man and woman that forms a basis for society and children.  “We know that traditional marriage bolsters society and is best for children. The social science is clear that children do best when raised by a mother and father in a stable marriage,” Bishop Loverde said, emphasizing that … [Read more...]

Arvo Part enthralls audiences as music blends ancient, modern

Washington D.C., Jun 4, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A delicate veil of voices floats on the air at the Kennedy Center, filling the packed concert hall with the captivating music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. His pieces carry the listeners along at the venue in Washington, D.C., entering into the depths of Adam's lament following man's fall from grace; sinking down in heavy reverence before Christ the King; and floating away as a choir of voices proclaims "Sanctus, … [Read more...]

Two Indians among those approved for canonization

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2014 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has called an ordinary public consistory to set the canonization date for six Blesseds, including Fr. Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal of the Sacred Heart from India. Slated to take place June 12, the consistory was announced May 30 and will gather together the College of Cardinals along with Pope Francis in order to discuss the canonization date of the four Italians and two Indians whose causes have … [Read more...]

Gift of piety fosters fraternal solidarity, Pope observes

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2014 / 05:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the gift of piety, explaining that it is not just a superficial feeling, but rather a religious reality that leads us closer to God and to our neighbor. “In this sense, piety includes the ability of rejoicing with those who are cheerful and of crying with those who cry, of reaching out to those who are alone or anxious, to correct those who err, to console the afflicted, to … [Read more...]