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...]

Christian college gets temporary relief from HHS mandate

Pittsburgh, Pa., Jun 21, 2013 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Geneva College in Pennsylvania has been given temporary relief from having to provide emergency contraceptives in its health insurance plans, as required by the federal contraception mandate. “The court has done the right thing in allowing Geneva College to suspend the enforcement of the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate for the student health plan while the case moves forward,” said Gregory Baylor, senior … [Read more...]

Pope: ‘Do I have a tired heart that only wants a good bank account?’

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2013 / 09:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- We have hearts that are restless and in search of treasure, Pope Francis said in his daily homily at the Vatican's Saint Martha House, and we should seek the treasure of a loving heart. “What do I have, a tired heart, that only wants to settle itself, three, four things, a good bank account, this or that thing,” he asked June 21. “This restlessness of the heart always has to be cured.” In attendance at the … [Read more...]

Italian cardinal urges strong support of Mideast Christians

Milan, Italy, Jun 21, 2013 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a conference of Muslim and Catholic leaders in Milan, Cardinal Angelo Scola encouraged greater support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East. “We need to help Christians more strongly,” Cardinal Scola said at the University of Milan, where the tenth annual meeting of the Oasis International Foundation was held this week. “We need to support them with real love and a very strong friendship, but also with … [Read more...]

Congressman blasts government’s ‘anemic’ response to Christian persecution

Washington D.C., Jun 21, 2013 / 02:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has criticized the U.S. government’s “anemic and at times outright baffling” response to the persecution of Christians in the Mid-East, urging the appointment of an envoy to protect religious minorities. “America has always been a friend to the oppressed, the persecuted, the forgotten. But sadly today, that allegiance is in question, as religious freedom and human rights abuses around … [Read more...]

Catholic and Muslim leaders meet for dialogue on secularism

Milan, Italy, Jun 21, 2013 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The members of a foundation seeking to improve Christian and Muslim relations met in Milan this week to discuss the growing problems of global secularism and extremism. “Secularism and ideology are two problems for Christians and Muslims today, in different ways maybe, but the topic is the same,” Maria Laura Conte, editorial director of Oasis International Foundation, told CNA/EWTN News June 17. “We want the West and … [Read more...]

Bishops push State Department to help end Syrian civil war

Washington D.C., Jun 20, 2013 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two bishops have written to Secretary of State John Kerry urging that the United States work to end the Syrian civil war and promote humanitarian assistance to the country. “The reported use of chemical weapons, the UN estimate of over 93,000 deaths, the displacement of millions from their homes, and the kidnapping of two Orthodox archbishops on a mission of mercy all point to the devastation of the violent conflict in Syria and … [Read more...]