Religion plays irreplaceable role in society, Archbishop Lori says

Baltimore, Md., Jun 22, 2013 / 10:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Opening the 2013 Fortnight for Freedom, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore emphasized the unique contribution that religion brings to society, warning that it must be protected and allowed to flourish. “Faith enriches public life not only by the magnitude of its services but by the qualities of mind and heart, by the values and virtues, it brings to the task,” said Archbishop Lori. He warned that while religious … [Read more...]

Diverse faith leaders unite over religious freedom concerns

Washington D.C., Jun 22, 2013 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious leaders from a variety of faith backgrounds are speaking out against the declining role of religion in society, as well as threats to religious freedom for all faith groups. “Our biggest challenge is coming from those who want to challenge the role of religion in society,” said Rabbi Abba Cohen, vice president for federal affairs and Washington director of Agudath Israel of America. “We live in a world … [Read more...]

Vatican rep at UN stresses family’s role in development

Washington D.C., Jun 21, 2013 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Family, education and work are central to economic development, the Vatican's representative to the United Nations told an assembly preparing sustainable development goals. “As the fundamental unit of society, the family provides the first lessons of interpersonal relationships, transmits cultural, ethical, social and spiritual values as well as many of the skills which serve to promote the common good of the society,” … [Read more...]

Muslims ‘people of good will,’ head of Catholic aid group says

Rome, Italy, Jun 21, 2013 / 03:30 pm (CNA).- The head of a papal agency that gives assistance to Christians in the Near East says local Muslims are largely positive towards their Christian neighbors and even appreciative of their presence. “The broad majority of Muslims are people of good-will,” Monsignor John E. Kozar, president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, told CNA June 21. “Not only are they tolerant of us Christians, they’re even supportive. … [Read more...]

Choose bishops carefully, Pope advises diplomats

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2013 / 02:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a gathering organized for the Year of Faith, Pope Francis asked his ambassadors to be careful in helping to select candidates for the episcopacy, making sure they are men of pastoral hearts. “In the delicate task of carrying out inquiries for episcopal appointments, be careful that the candidates are pastors close to the people,” he told a gathering of apostolic nuncios from around the world at the Vatican's … [Read more...]

Pope urges union of faith and charity in Middle East

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2013 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Considering the plight of Christians in Syria and across the Middle East, Pope Francis advised aid agencies for Christians in the region to ground their work in prayer and the sacraments. “I ask you to accompany me in uniting faith with charity … collaborate 'in the faith and in the charity of Jesus Christ our God,'” the Bishop of Rome said at a June 20 audience with the Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental … [Read more...]

Despite protests, archbishop assures safety at World Youth Day

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun 21, 2013 / 12:45 pm (CNA).- The archbishop of Rio de Janeiro has reassured young people planning to attend World Youth Day that the protests occurring in various cities in Brazil will not affect the massive event. Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta told Vatican Radio June 21 he has spoken with Brazilian intelligence officials who have guaranteed that World Youth Day will be a safe event. Millions have taken part in protests across Brazil in recent days, over an … [Read more...]