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Supreme Court halts marriage redefinition in Virginia

Washington D.C., Aug 21, 2014 / 11:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court put a hold on same-sex “marriage” licenses in Virginia on Wednesday after a federal appeals court struck down the state’s marriage defense amendment in July. “The Supreme Court acted wisely in restraining the lower court from implementing a ruling of this magnitude before the high court has a chance to decide the issue,” stated Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Byron … [Read more...]

Prayer a stronghold in life, death of Catholic journalist James Foley

Manchester, N.H., Aug 20, 2014 / 07:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prayer not only served as a source of strength for Catholic journalist James Foley – who was allegedly killed by militant Islamic State forces – but is now a foundation for his family and community. Foley's bishop, Peter A. Libasci of Manchester, N.H., told EWTN Aug. 20 that the news of the journalist’s death is “very, very troubling,” but that the family and community have been “praying for … [Read more...]

Archbishop notes troubling rise of youth unemployment

Washington D.C., Aug 20, 2014 / 02:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Calling for work that honors the dignity of the human person, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenksi of Miami echoed the words of Pope Francis, noting the troubling rise of young adult unemployment. “Our challenge this Labor Day is to rise to the challenge of solidarity posed by Jesus,” said a Sept. 1 letter by Archbishop Wenski, who serves as the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human … [Read more...]

Black mass organizers face lawsuit over stolen Host

Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug 20, 2014 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Organizers of a satanic black mass slated to take place in Oklahoma City next month face a lawsuit on grounds that the consecrated Host used for the sacrilegious event is stolen. “We are honored to represent Archbishop Coakley in this fight against the desecration of the Blessed Sacrament,” attorney Michael W. Caspino told The National Catholic Register. “The archbishop should be lauded for his courageous stance … [Read more...]

Memory, hope, witness are Korea trip’s import, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Aug 20, 2014 / 08:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis discussed his recent trip to South Korea in his General Audience address Wednesday, saying its significance is found in the three words memory, hope, and witness.In South Korea “the Church is the guardian of memory and of hope: and is a spiritual family in which adults transmit to youths the torch of the faith received from the elderly; the memory of the witnesses of the past becomes a new witness in the present, and … [Read more...]

LCWR may not be open to reform, commentator worries

Nashville, Tenn., Aug 20, 2014 / 07:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Actions by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious at its latest annual assembly suggest that it may be closed to the possibility of reform, one writer on Catholic religious life has said. “These are educated women, and certainly they have the intellectual ability to understand the doctrinal teachings of the church,” Ann Carey told CNA Aug. 19. “However, the LCWR leaders seem to be so convinced that they … [Read more...]

Franciscan friars in Pakistan celebrate 75 years of mission

Karachi, Pakistan, Aug 20, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Franciscan friary in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, celebrated its platinum jubilee earlier this month on the feast of Our Lady of the Angels of Porziuncola, an important observance in their tradition. “We are grateful to God for being with us for the past many years,” Archbishop Sebastian Shaw, O.F.M., of Lahore, preached during the Aug. 2 Mass of thanksgiving for the 75th anniversary of the … [Read more...]


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