Indian archdiocese receives relic of Pope John Paul II

Bombay, India, Sep 16, 2013 / 02:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A reliquary containing a cloth with a drop of blood from Blessed Pope John Paul II will be displayed for veneration in a Marian Basilica in the Archdiocese of Bombay, India.Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, the apostolic nuncio to India, presented the relic to Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay at Mount Mary’s Basilica at Bandra.Archbishop Pennacchio was in the archdiocese on an official two-day visit.“The nuncio’s … [Read more...]

Pope calls faithful to pray, participate actively in politics

Vatican City, Sep 16, 2013 / 11:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics should not be indifferent to politics, Pope Francis said, but should offer their suggestions, as well as prayers that their leaders may serve the common good in humility and love.In his Sept. 16 daily homily at Santa Marta, the Pope rejected the idea that “a good Catholic doesn’t meddle in politics.”“That’s not true. That is not a good path,” he said, according to Vatican Radio. “A … [Read more...]

Canadian charter sparks fears over religious freedom threats

Quebec City, Canada, Sep 15, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A government announcement of a Charter of Quebec Values defining the Canadian province as a secular state presents a grave concern for religious liberty, a religious freedom scholar says.“The situation in Quebec in Canada is now very worrying,” said Paul Marshall, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, in a Sept. 12 interview with CNA.“It’s a very dangerous, radical kind of secularization which i … [Read more...]

Ancient Order pilgrimages to Rome

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2013 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Traffic stopped this weekend on the busy Roman streets as police escorts guided 31 coach buses of pilgrims through the narrow city roads.Close to 3,000 members of one of the oldest charitable organizations in the Church and their families were on pilgrimage to Rome for the Year of Faith.The Knights and Dames of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem came from around the world to Rome as a witness to "their … [Read more...]

Forgiveness is the ‘joy of God,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2013 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus, the Holy Father said the “joy of God” is ultimately found in pardoning another for his wrongdoing, just as in the parable of the Prodigal Son.“What is the joy of God? It is to forgive!” the Pope told pilgrims Sept. 15, explaining that in this teaching “is the whole Gospel, it is all of Christianity!”Forgiveness, he warned, “is not a sentiment – it is not 'feeling good' – on the contrary, mercy is the true force … [Read more...]

Catholic bishops urge US to oppose massive food aid cuts

Washington D.C., Sep 15, 2013 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic bishops have asked the U.S. House of Representatives to reject $40 billion in proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program.“Adequate and nutritious food is a fundamental human right and a basic need that is integral to protecting the life and dignity of the human person,” said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., in a letter to the members of the Hou … [Read more...]

Panel explores link between sex-selection, abuse of women

Washington D.C., Sep 14, 2013 / 04:39 pm (CNA).- A recent hearing before members of the U.S. House of Representatives examined the gender imbalance in India and its connection to human trafficking and mistreatment of women in the country.“Sex-selective abortion and female infanticide have led to lopsided sex ratios,” said Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.). “In parts of India, for example, 126 boys are born for every 100 girls.”“This in turn leads to a shortage of women, which then leads to … [Read more...]