New York Catholics angered over financial hit to students

New York City, N.Y., Jun 25, 2014 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Local Catholics are lamenting New York state legislators' move to deny a tax credit that would boost funding to create scholarships for students in need at private and religious schools. Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the New York Catholic Conference had strongly supported the Education Investment Tax Credit, with both voicing deep disappointment that the bill was not passed. “Along with Catholic school families across … [Read more...]

Chaldean priest says little hope for Christians in Iraq

El Cajon, Calif., Jun 25, 2014 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It has been more than four decades since Father Michael Bazzi left his home country of Iraq. But the plight of Christians there at the hands of militant Muslim groups remains at the forefront of his mind. “Today, there is no future (for Christians),” Fr. Bazzi, pastor of Saint Peter Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon, Calif., told CNA on June 18. “These people, they hang, they behead people who don't … [Read more...]

Bishop’s letter on ‘language of love’ finds global audience

Lincoln, Neb., Jun 25, 2014 / 02:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nebraska Bishop James D. Conley’s pastoral letter “The Language of Love” has had an international impact in the first three months since it was published. “Sacrifice is the language of love,” Bishop Conley’s pastoral letter reads. “Love is spoken in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who poured out his life for us on the cross. Love is spoken in the sacrifice of the Christian life, sharing in … [Read more...]

Vatican upholds nature, importance of family in UN session

Vatican City, Jun 25, 2014 / 07:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the 26th Session of the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi affirmed that the family nourished by the marriage of one man and one woman offers a “dynamic energy” to society. “Most people find unique protection, nurture, and dynamic energy from their membership in a strong and healthy family founded upon marriage between a man and a woman,” the archbishop stated in a June 24 letter … [Read more...]

Being a Christian means belonging to the Church, Pope affirms

Vatican City, Jun 25, 2014 / 04:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience address Pope Francis drew attention to how God formed the Church to unify humanity, emphasizing that no one is saved on their own, but rather through the help of others. “Our identity is one of belonging. To say 'I am Christian' means to say: 'I belong to the Church. I belong to this People with whom God established an ancient alliance that is always faithful,'” the Pope explained in … [Read more...]

Mother, daughter find faith despite unexpected pregnancy

Steubenville, Ohio, Jun 25, 2014 / 04:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Waking up to her bedroom light one late night in October, Linda Padgett was flooded with fear. Standing there, her 18-year-old daughter Sarah revealed that she was pregnant. Raising a Catholic family of nine, Padgett was initially worried about judgment in the community, her daughter’s future, and the possibility that her daughter’s pregnancy may have been the result of bad parenting. Over time, however, she was able … [Read more...]

Catholic site aims to engage through beauty, accessibility

Rome, Italy, Jun 25, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA).- The U.K.-based Faith movement has just launched a new interactive website aimed at giving Catholics the tools for evangelization in an accessible, attractive format. “What the Faith movement does well is allow you to see the coherence of the Catholic faith,” said Middlesbrough seminarian Ryan Day, who helped with the development of the site. “The great value of this new website is that it offers a way to explain, in an every … [Read more...]