Archbishop: Church must be free to imitate Christ through service

Baltimore, Md., Jun 23, 2014 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In seeking religious liberty, Catholics are seeking the freedom to serve in response to Christ’s love in the Eucharist, said the archbishop of Baltimore at the start of the 2014 Fortnight for Freedom. “May we find in the Eucharist, the source and the summit of our charity, and in that charity may we advocate by word and witness for the robust freedom of individuals and of Churches,” said  Archbishop William E. … [Read more...]

Global Eucharistic Congress in Philippines to focus on hope

Cebu, Philippines, Jun 23, 2014 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The 51st International Eucharistic Congress will be held January 2016 in the Philippines with the theme, “Jesus in us, the hope of glory.” Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila explained the theme at a press conference. “We hope in only one person. We hope in God,” he said. The Eucharistic Congress will take place Jan. 24-31 in the city of Cebu, with more than 15,000 international and local delegates … [Read more...]

Release of Christian woman in Sudan draws gratitude, praise

Khartoum, Sudan, Jun 23, 2014 / 01:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Family members and religious liberty advocates are applauding the news that a Sudanese woman's death sentence for refusing to denounce her Christian faith has been overturned by an appeals court after months of international outcry. “We are very very happy about this - and we're going to her now,” her lawyer, Elshareef Ali, told the BBC. “They have released her ... she's on her way to … [Read more...]

Pope Francis stops car to bless young disabled woman

Rome, Italy, Jun 23, 2014 / 10:19 am (CNA).- During his June 21 pastoral visit to the region of Calabria in southern Italy, Pope Francis stopped the car that was transporting him to see a young disabled woman and her family on the side of the road. A video posted online by a family in the southern Italian region of Calabria depicts the encounter with the Holy Father. The Pope passed by the highway near the family’s house as he returned from Cassano allo Jonio, where he spoke out … [Read more...]

Defend others before the Father, Pope Francis urges

Vatican City, Jun 23, 2014 / 09:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis warned that those who judge others are far from God, stating that in order to be close we must defend others rather than hastily accuse them. “If we want to follow the way of Jesus, more than accusers, we have to be defenders of others before the Father,” the Pope said in his June 23 daily Mass. “I see a bad thing in someone – do I go defend him? No! But keep quiet! Go pray and … [Read more...]

Bosnian Catholics in a ‘grave position,’ cardinal warns

Vatican City, Jun 23, 2014 / 05:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent conference in Bosnia discussing interreligious violence, Cardinal Vinko Puljic said Catholics face great persecution due to a lack of ethnic equality. “We Catholics are in a grave position. There is no equality and this is a problem. There is no equality in the Serbian Republic, there is no equality in the federation,” the cardinal explained to CNA June 17."Where there is no equality, it isn’t … [Read more...]

Sacred art evangelizes hearts, Catholic experts say

Kansas City, Kan., Jun 23, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two sacred art experts have stressed the importance of the Catholic visual arts in the new evangelization, saying the arts have the potential to change individual lives, and cultures as a whole. David Clayton and Caroline Farey will teach a two-day weekend program, “Sacred Art and the New Evangelization”, at the Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City, Kansas July 11-13. Clayton, an English-born artist and art teacher … [Read more...]