Congressman urges focus on human rights abuses in North Korea

Washington D.C., Jul 18, 2013 / 02:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In spite of international attention on North Korea’s restrictive political regime, a top member of the Congressional human rights commission critiqued the Obama administration, saying it has not done enough to protect human rights in the country.“A new North Korea framework is long overdue.  Ignoring or downplaying the human rights situation for one more day is unconscionable,” said Congressman Frank Wolf … [Read more...]

UK bishops lament ‘gay marriage’ approval

London, England, Jul 18, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Queen Elizabeth II has approved the British parliament’s “gay marriage” bill, in what the Catholic bishops of England and Wales called a “profound social change” that neglects the centrality of children and puts religious freedom at risk.“Marriage has, over the centuries, been publicly recognized as a stable institution which establishes a legal framework for the committed relationship between a man … [Read more...]

African bishops promote end to violence in DR Congo

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Jul 17, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a meeting of African bishops, those of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have urged an end to the armed conflicts in their country, calling on all parties to “work actively for peace.” The bishops called on African leaders “not to work for their own interests, but for the good of all,” at the general assembly of African bishops' conferences held this week in Kinshasa. They … [Read more...]

Pope to receive cross signed by 10,000 Colombian youth

Bogotá, Colombia, Jul 17, 2013 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro next week, Pope Francis will be presented with and bless a wooden cross signed by more than 10,000 youth from across 26 provinces of Colombia. The Bishop of Rome agreed to receive the cross after he was sent an eight-page letter from Maria Isabel Magana, the Colombian coordinator of the Lewe Youth Movement. The youth movement takes its name, “Lewe,” from the Afrikaans word meaning … [Read more...]

Archbishop’s immigration book praised for focus on family unity

Denver, Colo., Jul 17, 2013 / 11:39 am (CNA).- Archbishop José Gomez' new book “Immigration and the Next America” is being lauded for its emphasis on the good of the people and families affected by American immigration policy. “The part that really impressed me, because it's not something you hear from either (political) party, is it puts a real emphasis on family reunification,” Michael Sean Winters, a writer at the National Catholic Reporter, told CNA … [Read more...]

Pope Francis urges Irish, British to value each human life

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2013 / 11:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of Day for Life Sunday in the U.K., Pope Francis has sent a message to British and Irish Catholics encouraging them to promote the profound value of all human life in their societies. “Calling to mind the teaching of Saint Irenaeus that the glory of God is seen in a living human being, the Holy Father encourages all of you to let the light of that glory shine so brightly that everyone may come to recognize the inestimable … [Read more...]

Contemplative monk creates comic book to teach faith

Denver, Colo., Jul 17, 2013 / 04:10 am (CNA).- Building on his lifelong love of comic books, an Eastern Catholic monk has authored a short graphic novel, “The Truth is Out There,” to help explain the truths of the faith in an understandable way.“The reason I did it in cartoon format was because I didn’t think my friends would read it any other way,” Amadeus – which is the author's pen-name – told CNA in a recent interview.“The Truth is … [Read more...]