Vatican prayer meeting brings hope for Holy Land peace

Washington D.C., Jun 10, 2014 / 05:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ recent prayer meeting with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents is a call for peace in the region that may show fruit in improving relations, according to a panel of observers. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., pondered at a June 6 panel discussion whether Pope Francis, through the meeting, is “building up a constituency of reasonable people who maybe will make sacrifices … [Read more...]

Australia bishop: ‘Boat people are real people’

Wellington, New Zealand, Jun 10, 2014 / 03:28 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Oceania upheld their solidarity with those traveling across the water to seek asylum in Australia, known locally as "boat people," urging a “more humane approach” to their situation. Stressing that “boat people are real people,” Bishop Eugene Hurley of Darwin, Australia, remarked that “the giving of sanctuary has always been one of the noblest of human endeavors.” He warned … [Read more...]

Argentina team travels to World Cup with huge Pope Francis photo

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Jun 10, 2014 / 12:38 pm (CNA).- The Argentinean team playing for the World Cup is bringing with it a larger-than-life photo of the players with Pope Francis, at a meeting in the Vatican last year. The team hopes that the picture showing Lionel Messi and teammates with the Holy Father will “give a message of hope prior to the beginning of the World Cup,” reported the publication Diario Castellanos, which posted an image of the giant photo on … [Read more...]

UN deplores gruesome rape, murder of teenage girls in India

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2014 / 08:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has decried the rape and murder of two Indian teens, stating that the crime is inhumane and the government is being dismissive. “In just the last two weeks, we have seen despicable attacks against women and girls around the world – from Nigeria to Pakistan and from California to India,” Ki-moon said in a June 3 statement made at the launch of a video campaign on ending sexual … [Read more...]

Pope Francis continues rest due to ‘a minor indisposition’

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2014 / 07:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the cancellation of his public commitments yesterday morning due to tiredness, Pope Francis has decided to continue his rest today with no appointments, but will continue tomorrow as usual. “He is not sick and there is nothing serious, but he had a minor indisposition and because of this he felt that it was better to give up some commitments yesterday and the celebration of the Mass with the general public this morning in … [Read more...]

Wis. bishop: Redefining marriage has domino effect on family

Madison, Wis., Jun 10, 2014 / 04:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison said he was “deeply saddened” by a federal ruling that Wisconsin law must recognize “gay marriage,” warning that it endangers the family as a fundamental basis of society. Marriage between a man and a woman is “an element of the very first ‘domino’ of civilization,” the bishop said in a statement. “When that first ‘domino’ falls, … [Read more...]

Dorms for single moms hailed as vital pro-life effort

Omaha, Neb., Jun 10, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The all-women's College of St. Mary in Omaha, Neb. has something rare. With a recent $10 million investment in additional dorms for single mothers and their children, the college is among a very few in the nation with such on-campus housing. According to the Omaha World-Herald, the college believes these dorms, which were first built in 2000, are an important part of the success of their single-mom students who make up about 18 … [Read more...]