Former sex slaves to take part in South Korea Mass with Pope

Seoul, South Korea, Jul 2, 2014 / 12:40 pm (CNA).- A group of South Korean women who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II will attend an Aug. 18 Mass with Pope Francis when he visits the country. According to local media reports, the Archdiocese of Seoul announced on Monday that it had invited the women to take part in the ceremony with Pope Francis. The Mass will be held at the Cathedral of Myeongdong in Seoul. A personal meeting between the pontiff and the women, … [Read more...]

Religious leaders support law used in Hobby Lobby ruling

Washington D.C., Jul 2, 2014 / 04:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious leaders from several Christian churches and Jewish organizations have reaffirmed their “staunch support” for the federal religious freedom protections cited in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision. “In the United States, freedom of religion has always included – and should always include – the right to live out one’s religion and act according to one’s conscience … [Read more...]

Revenge only perpetuates violence, Jerusalem bishop observes

Vatican City, Jul 2, 2014 / 02:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of escalating tensions between Israel and Palestine following the murder of three Israeli teens, Bishop William Shomali has encouraged leaders to work for reconciliation rather than retaliation. “We are against the killing of these three young Israeli men. It’s a homicide, it’s a crime against humanity,” the bishop said in comments made to CNA July 2. “But at the same time we should also look at … [Read more...]

Portland archdiocese consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima

Portland, Ore., Jul 2, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Faithful from in and around Portland, Ore. filled St. Mary’s Cathedral to overflowing on June 28 for Archbishop Alexander Sample's Mass consecrating the archdiocese to Our Lady of Fatima. The Mass and consecration, celebrated on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, were offered particularly for the strengthening of marriage and family life. “Marriage and family life are in a real crisis. We make this … [Read more...]

Portland archdiocese consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima

Portland, Ore., Jul 2, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Faithful from in and around Portland, Ore. filled St. Mary’s Cathedral to overflowing on June 28 for Archbishop Alexander Sample's Mass consecrating the archdiocese to Our Lady of Fatima. The Mass and consecration, celebrated on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, were offered particularly for the strengthening of marriage and family life. “Marriage and family life are in a real crisis. We make this … [Read more...]

Toronto cardinal: Catholic teaching on divorce not changing

Toronto, Canada, Jul 2, 2014 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic teaching on divorce and remarriage is “not open to change” as it is faithful to Jesus but the Church can do better in helping those suffering in this area, says Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto. “Although it would not be right for them to receive the sacraments, we need to find better ways to reach out to people in this situation, to offer them loving assistance,” the cardinal said in an interview … [Read more...]

Retired Lincoln bishop recovering from heart attack

Lincoln, Neb., Jul 1, 2014 / 08:09 pm (CNA).- Bishop emeritus Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Neb., is in good spirits and grateful for prayers as he recovers after suffering a heart attack last week. “We’re looking forward to Bishop Bruskewitz’s recovery,” said J.D. Flynn, communications director for the Diocese of Lincoln. “He is an important part of our diocesan life, and we expect him back on his feet, and back in ministry, soon,” Flynn told CNA June … [Read more...]


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