Bishops laud Pope’s humility, care for poor on anniversary

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 06:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a statement released on the occasion of the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate, US bishops praised the pontiff for his example, and encouraged the faithful to offer continued prayers on his behalf. “The members of the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have noted with thanksgiving the first anniversary of the election of His Holiness Pope Francis as the 266th successor … [Read more...]

Personal notes underscore John Paul II’s Marian devotion

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In private letters of Bl. John Paul II which have been published by his former secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the pontiff reflects on the three theological virtues, emphasizing that Mary is the highest example of each. “Nothing can be dangerous for us; neither Satan nor the world, nor sin – if there is in us the power of Christ in the Marian way,” Bl. John Paul II wrote in one of his personal notes. Entitled … [Read more...]

Secularism too fragile a basis for society, English bishop says

London, England, Mar 12, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During an address at his alma mater last week, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth discussed the rise of secularism in Britain and how Christianity in contrast enables greater human flourishing. “Secularism is too fragile a basis for a free society…the Gospel alone can offer an authentic humanism able to transform human living,” Bishop Egan said March 6 at King's College London, where he studied in the 1970s. He … [Read more...]

Cardinal Kasper’s speech on marriage to be released as book

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Walter Kasper's Feb. 20 address on marriage to a group of cardinals, controversial for its comments on remarriage and Communion, is to be published as a book this week, he says. The booklet, title “Gospel of the Family,” will be released in Italian and German, will feature the text of his speech. It's 78 pages will include two additional texts from Cardinal Kasper, and will be sold at $12.50. In a March 10 … [Read more...]

Bishop Morlino: Pope Francis is a ‘son of the Church’

Madison, Wis., Mar 12, 2014 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison has said the public should not accept media distortions of Pope Francis, but should recognize him as “a son of the Church” trying bring people to Christ. “The mass media are trying to create a spirit of Pope Francis, just as they created a spirit of Vatican II,” he told the Wisconsin Street Journal Feb. 27. “Many Catholics fell for that the first time. I hope they won't … [Read more...]

Legislators ask for strengthening of military religious freedom

Washington D.C., Mar 11, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.S. senator and a congressman have urged the Secretary of Defense to reissue military rules to strengthen religious freedom protections for military service members who fear reprisals for their beliefs. “We share deep concerns about an evolving military environment increasingly hostile to religious practices, one in which service members fear that expressing their religious beliefs would be ground for disciplinary action or … [Read more...]

Global youth garner thanks for Pope on first anniversary

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mar 11, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of young people from around the world have launched a campaign called Grazie Francesco – Thank You Francis – to send the Pope messages marking the first year of his pontificate March 13. Thousands of messages from around the world in eight different languages can be read on the campaign's website, which was created by the Argentinian group Lindo Lio and inspired by last summer's World Youth Day … [Read more...]