NFL coach teaches faith, football to Peruvian kids

Piura, Peru, Jun 27, 2013 / 11:15 am (CNA).- Jim Harbaugh, coach of the San Francisco 49ers, recently completed a one-week mission trip to Piura, Peru, where he taught poor children about their Catholic faith and American football.This is the fifth consecutive year that Harbaugh – whose team made it to the 2013 Super Bowl before losing to the Baltimore Ravens, coached by Harbaugh’s older brother – has volunteered at the Peruvian parish of Santísimo Sacramento, which … [Read more...]

Charity’s rapid growth could be due to Pope’s influence

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2013 / 08:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The founder of a charity that feeds nearly one million children worldwide said its rapid growth could be partly due to Pope Francis' particular emphasis on caring for the impoverished. “The work of Mary's Meals is growing very fast and I’m sure that the hugely encouraging words of Pope Francis and the fact that he keeps pointing us back to the poor and our obligation to serve the poor is making us all think of those … [Read more...]

Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom

Denver, Colo., Jun 27, 2013 / 04:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of people in the Archdiocese of Denver attended a prayer rally for religious freedom on June 22, standing up for the right to serve God in their public and private lives.“We’re here as Christian Catholics, we want to unite together and represent Jesus Christ and everything that he taught us; to be free to love God, worship God and obey God,” local Maria Herrera told CNA.“Prayer in the Square: a Rally … [Read more...]

Cardinal bars dissident priest from speaking on Archdiocesan property

Boston, Mass., Jun 27, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Boston verified that an Austrian priest will not be allowed to speak on archdiocesan property during a stop on his U.S. speaking tour due to his dissenting views on Catholic teaching. “It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Boston, and the generally accepted practice in dioceses across the country, not to permit individuals to conduct speaking engagements in Catholic parishes or at Church events when those … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus announce record-breaking charitable giving

New Haven, Conn., Jun 27, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The results of the annual charitable giving survey shows that the Knights of Columbus completed more volunteer service hours and given more in donations than ever before in the organization's history. “Throughout its 131 years, the Knights of Columbus has always practiced charity as its first principle,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in a June 24 statement. During the 2012 calendar year, Knights of Columbus … [Read more...]

‘Gay marriage’ is not inevitable, analysts say

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2013 / 05:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on “gay marriage,” experts in law and sociology said they do not believe the national discussion on the matter is over.“Sociologically it’s huge” said Dr. Anne Hendershott on the Supreme Court’s decision, “but it doesn’t end the debate.”Hendershott is a leading Catholic sociologist from King’s College in New York City and a … [Read more...]

Family advocates say marriage ruling ignores children

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2013 / 03:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Supreme Court handed down its historic rulings on “gay marriage,” an array of family advocates are warning that the decisions could have long-lasting negative impacts on families and society.“The Supreme Court…neglected our most precious children who need a mother and a father united in marriage for healthy development,” William Owens, president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, said … [Read more...]