Marriage matters for society, says homilist at national Mass

Washington D.C., Jun 20, 2014 / 05:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Marriage, an institution between one man and one woman for the rearing of children, is designed by God and is the backbone of society, clergy proclaimed at Thursday's national Mass for Marriage. “Society didn’t create it: society cannot re-create it”said Msgr. Edward Filardi, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda, Md., of marriage in a June 19 homily for the Mass for Marriage. The Mass, … [Read more...]

On World Refugee Day, bishops implore U.S. to address Syria

Seattle, Wash., Jun 20, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration declared the refugee situation in Syria a “humanitarian disaster” and called on the U.S. to increase resettlement in a statement for World Refugee Day. “The Syrian refugee crisis in the Middle East has reached a point of humanitarian disaster,” stated Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, the auxiliary bishop of Seattle, on June 20. “Although the United … [Read more...]

Euthanasia case heads to French high court

Paris, France, Jun 20, 2014 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An official with France’s highest court has said that a minimally conscious, severely injured man should be denied food and hydration, countering prior rulings that doing so would violate his right to life. Remi Keller, public rapporteur with France’s Council of State, issued a recommendation that Vincent Lambert, 39, had no hope of recovery or enjoying a positive effect from the food or hydration that is keeping him … [Read more...]

Pope Francis decries persecution of Christians

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday lamented continued persecution against Christians and other religious believers, encouraging scholars and governments to defend religious liberty. “Nowadays, persecution against Christians is stronger than it was in the first centuries of the Church, and there are more Christian martyrs than in that time,” the Pope said June 20 in the Vatican's consistory hall will participants of the conference … [Read more...]

Brazilian diocese offers foreign language Masses during World Cup

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Jun 20, 2014 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Belo Horizonte – one of the 12 Brazilian cities hosting World Cup matches – has announced a program of multi-lingual Masses and cultural events for those attending the tournament. Under the theme “Play for Life,” the archdiocese will provide activities throughout the soccer tournament throughout its duration, from June 12 to July 13, it said in a statement released in Portuguese, … [Read more...]

Pope warns against false securities of wealth, vanity, power

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2014 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily at Friday's Mass, Pope Francis cautioned attendees not to place their security in false treasures which enslave and weigh us down, but rather in the treasures of heaven that lead to freedom. “Here is the message of Jesus: ‘if your treasure is in wealth, in vanity, in power, in pride, your heart will be chained there! Your heart will be enslaved by wealth, vanity, pride,” the Pope explained in his June … [Read more...]

Salesians back humane solutions for asylum seekers in Italy

Rome, Italy, Jun 20, 2014 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Salesian groups in Italy launched an initiative Friday to coordinate their activities for immigrants, many of whom are refugees, both in Italy and in their home countries. The June 20 launch date marks World Refugee Day, established in 2000, which is meant to raise awareness about refugees throughout the world. The initiative of the Salesians' International Volunteering for Development and Salesians for Social Issues to … [Read more...]