Church must remain free to serve, Fortnight for Freedom concludes

Washington D.C., Jul 7, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics must come together to protect the work of the Church's charities and services, said the U.S. bishops' president as the annual Fortnight for Freedom came to a close on Friday. “We must remain free to serve these most vulnerable of our sisters and brothers, without risk of government sanction,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville during a July 4 Mass said at the National Shrine of the Immaculate … [Read more...]

Pope Francis begs forgiveness from clergy abuse victims

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2014 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis, in his first Vatican meeting with sex abuse victims, asked forgiveness for the Church’s sins of omissions in sex abuse scandals and denounced sex abuse by clergy as “execrable acts.”   The meeting took place July 7 at the Pope’s Casa Santa Marta residence. Six sex abuse victims attended: three men and three women. Two were Irish, two were British and two were German.   They arrived in Rome … [Read more...]

Maria Goretti’s greatest witness is forgiveness, priest observes

Nettuno, Italy, Jul 7, 2014 / 06:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following St. Maria Goretti’s feast day, the rector of the basilica where her body resides stated that her willingness to forgive is her most prominent testimony, and that her virtue is an example for family life. Maria’s greatest witness is forgiveness, Fr. Giovanni Alberti told CNA July 7. "Many people come saying I left to forgive, with the example of Maria Goretti. These people that are leaving, go with a great … [Read more...]

Okla. civic center defends black mass with sex offender

Oklahoma City, Okla., Jul 7, 2014 / 06:15 am (CNA).- A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall defended a black mass being planned there by a convicted sex offender, even though it might involve the desecration of an actual consecrated host. Jennifer Lindsey-McClintock, the music hall’s public information manager, said that she is not in a position to say “whether it is appropriate or not.” “That’s not for us to judge,” she told CNA … [Read more...]

Global Rosary Relay unites faithful in prayer for priests

Washington D.C., Jul 6, 2014 / 01:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics throughout the world joined together on June 27 to ask for Mary’s intercession in a 24-hour rosary initiative for World Priest Day. “Be assured that I will offer my praying of the Holy Rosary for the sanctification of priests,” wrote Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, announcing that he would participate in the day of prayer. “The sanctification of … [Read more...]

Pope: Christ’s call, ‘come to me’, addressed to each person

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2014 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At his Angelus address Sunday, Pope Francis noted that Christ's invitation, “come unto me, all you who are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest,” is given to each and every person, through all time. “When Jesus says this, he has before his eyes the people he encountered everyday in the streets of Galilee: many simple people, the poor, the sick, sinners, the marginalized … This people always flocked to hear … [Read more...]

All of us need rehabilitation, Pope Francis reminds prisoners

Isernia, Italy, Jul 5, 2014 / 01:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a visit Saturday with the imprisoned in the Italian city of Isernia, Pope Francis stated the need of every human person for rehabilitation, and conversion to God. “To walk the way of rehabilitation, this is something we all need to do. All. We all make mistakes in life. And all of us must ask forgiveness for these mistakes and make a journey of rehabilitation, to not make any more,” the Pope said July 5 at Isernia's … [Read more...]