Teaching on marriage a matter of Gospel witness, archbishop says

New Orleans, La., Jun 14, 2014 / 03:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thanking his brother bishops for their work in supporting marriage around the United States, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone stressed the key role of marriage in spreading the Gospel. The San Francisco archbishop, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, explained that marriage “is not peripheral to the message of the Gospel of love for the poor, the sick, and the stranger, … [Read more...]

Pope’s World Mission Day message: Humanity needs Christ

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2014 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Day, which focuses on the continuing need for all Christians to proclaim the Gospel with joy to the many who have not heard of Christ’s saving work. “Humanity greatly needs to lay hold of the salvation brought by Christ. His disciples are those who allow themselves to be seized ever more by the love of Jesus and marked by the first of passion for the … [Read more...]

Live solidarity in a concrete way, urges Pope

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2014 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, Pope Francis met with an Italian group dedicated to the service of the poor, encouraging them to continue their concrete works of mercy rather than falling prey to the risk of becoming well-informed spectators. “It’s necessary that our words, our gestures, our attitudes express solidarity, the will to not remain extraneous to the sorrows of others, and this with fraternal warmth and without falling into some … [Read more...]

Bishops laud Catholic Relief Services for Philippines aid

New Orleans, La., Jun 14, 2014 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Relief Services' chairman has affirmed the international aid agency's strength and effective representation of the bishops' conference, especially lauding its aid to the Philippines. “I can confirm that CRS, as the overseas international aid, relief, and development arm of this conference – representing us – is strong and representing us well in the Philippines and around the world,” … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus report record donations in 2013

New Haven, Conn., Jun 13, 2014 / 06:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus set new records in donations and volunteer hours in 2013, continuing its long-standing service programs and responding to several natural disasters. “Whether with funds or service, and whether quietly helping someone overcome a personal tragedy or assisting in the aftermath of a widely known humanitarian disaster, the outpouring of charity by our members produces … [Read more...]