Rankings show pro-life ‘momentum’ in US state laws

Washington D.C., Jan 19, 2014 / 06:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Organizers of a recent report monitoring pro-life laws in states throughout the country said that the data shows a trend towards the legal protection of women and their unborn children. “Real pro-life momentum is reshaping the country as legislators craft protections for both mother and child, the victims of an avaricious abortion industry,” Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United For Life, said Jan. … [Read more...]

Egyptian bishop backs newly drafted constitution

Cairo, Egypt, Jan 18, 2014 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic Coptic bishop has said he “very strongly” encourages Christians to accept Egypt's draft constitution for Egypt, voted on this week, citing the autonomy it grants to Christians, Muslims and Jews. “If the constitution is really taken seriously then the situation of Christians in Egypt will improve considerably,” Bishop Kyrillos William Samaan of the Coptic Eparchy of Assiut told Aid to the Church in … [Read more...]

Diocesan shelter extended hours to provide refuge from freezing temps

Providence, R.I., Jan 18, 2014 / 01:03 pm (CNA).- It was a lesson in compassion straight out of the Gospel of St. John.Born on foreign shores, a man now homeless, brought some of the medical training and compassion for the infirm he first acquired in his native Haiti to bear in caring for a fellow guest at the diocese’s Emmanuel House homeless shelter in his time of need.After walking the streets of Providence for several hours as a powerful winter storm took aim at New England Jan. … [Read more...]

Ecumenism a ‘spiritual process’ rooted in the Trinity, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 18, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met this week with members of an ecumenical delegation of Finnish Lutherans, encouraging them to work towards unity among all Christians. “In the face of those who no longer see the full, visible unity of the Church as an achievable goal, we are invited not to give up our ecumenical efforts, faithful to that which the Lord Jesus asked of the Father, ‘that they may be one,’” the Pope told the … [Read more...]

Pope calls media workers to serve the common good

Vatican City, Jan 18, 2014 / 10:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In meeting with the employees of Italy’s national broadcaster, Pope Francis stressed the importance of responsible communications rooted in truth, noting its role in forming persons. “The ethical quality of communications is the result, ultimately, of a careful conscience, not superficial, always respectful of people, both those who are the objects of information and those who are the recipients of the message,” he said … [Read more...]

US bishops launch 9 Days for Life novena, campaign

Washington D.C., Jan 18, 2014 / 06:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops are inviting the faithful to participate in nine days of prayer, fasting and pilgrimage surrounding the 41st anniversary of legalized abortion throughout the nation. “We're all called to pray for the cause of life,” said Deirdre McQuade, assistant director of policy and communication for the U.S. Bishops'  Pro-Life Secretariat. “It's a beautiful effort,” she told CNA, … [Read more...]

Vatican spokesman to receive award from Spanish bishops

Madrid, Spain, Jan 17, 2014 / 09:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Holy See's press officer, will take part in a media conference organized by the Spanish bishops next month, during which he will receive an award for his work in communications. The conference for diocesan communications leaders will take place Feb. 3-5 in Madrid, and will include a presentation by Fr. Lombardi. At the conference's conclusion, he will be given the 2013 Bravo award. The conference … [Read more...]