World Meeting of Families shows man’s destiny is love, official says

New Orleans, La., Jun 11, 2014 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family urged the U.S. bishops to help share the message that the 2015 World Meeting of Families is intended to show that man is made for love. “Please believe, and preach to your flocks, that it is most surely in the family that we see that our destiny is not loneliness but rather love, mutually sustaining and fruitful,” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia urged the bishops of the … [Read more...]

US bishops unanimously reauthorize religious liberty group

New Orleans, La., Jun 11, 2014 / 01:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has voted to reauthorize its Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty for a second three-year term. The unanimous voice vote came June 11, the first day of the U.S. bishops’ Spring General Assembly in New Orleans. As an ad hoc committee, the group was initially authorized for three years and required express authorization to renew it for a second term. The reauthorization vote comes … [Read more...]

Pope’s Sri Lanka trip will be January 13-15

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2014 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The coordinator of Sri Lankan migrants in Italy has confirmed the dates announced by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for Pope Francis’ 2015 visit, during which he could canonize Sri Lankan Blessed Joseph Vaz. Msgr. Nevin Perera revealed to CNA June 11 that Pope Francis first said he would go to the country during a Feb. 8 gathering with Sri Lankans in Rome. During the audience, “the Pope said then that he was going to Sri Lanka, and … [Read more...]

Pope: Fear of the Lord an alarm reminding us of what’s right

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2014 / 05:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience Pope Francis spoke on the Holy Spirit’s gift of Fear of the Lord, saying it does not mean we should be afraid of God, but rather serves as a reminder to do the right thing. “Fear of the Lord is an ‘alarm.’ When a person is not on the right path, he settles himself in evil,” the Pope explained in his June 11 audience in St. Peter’s Square. “When he distances himself … [Read more...]

Arab Christian witnesses grace of Pope’s prayer for peace

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The inter-faith prayer for peace in the Middle East held by Pope Francis last Sunday reminds us that peace is not a work of people but a work of God, said a key participant in the event.   An Arab Christian with Israeli citizenship, Margaret Karram was the only woman in the Holy See delegation for the prayer held in the Vatican's Gardens June 8.   “I have lived in the Holy Land most of my life, and when I arrived … [Read more...]

Critic slams ‘crazed claims’ about Ireland child burials

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 11, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Distorted claims about the burials of hundreds of children who died at an Irish home for unwed mothers show a trend of “exaggerations and myths” about injustices in the country's Catholic past, one commentator charged. The truth about the hundreds of children allegedly buried in a septic tank “was a very different story to the fact-lite, fury-heavy tale that had already gone round the world,” said Brendan … [Read more...]

DVD tells story of Knights of Columbus founder

New Haven, Conn., Jun 11, 2014 / 12:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A documentary about Venerable Michael McGivney, the 19th century priest who founded the Knights of Columbus, is now available on DVD. “At a time when Catholics and Catholic immigrants were being marginalized, Father McGivney saw the opportunity to bring the men of his parish together to strengthen their faith, to engage in charitable activities, and to protect their families,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights … [Read more...]