DC concert to share message of Bl. John XXIII, John Paul II

Washington D.C., Jan 20, 2014 / 12:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An upcoming concert in Washington, D.C., will celebrate the lives and canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, highlighting their efforts to promote unity, cooperation and peace. “This concert is going to be unique,” said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., at a Jan. 16 press conference. “It will stand in its own right because what it is saying is 'look at the fruit of the lives of these … [Read more...]

Pope Francis visits Roman parish serving homeless, poor

Rome, Italy, Jan 20, 2014 / 12:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis, the Bishop of Rome, made a pastoral visit to one of his parishes Sunday, choosing one situated in an area filled with migrants, refugees, homeless persons, and itinerants. During his Jan. 19 visit to Sacred Heart of Jesus at the Praetorian Barracks, Pope Francis said Mass in the evening and met with members of the parish, including the homeless who live near Rome’s large Termini train station. While located in … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: accept the surprises of God

Vatican City, Jan 20, 2014 / 07:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the theme of Christian freedom, observing that it comes from our docility and willingness to accept the “newness” and the “surprises of God.” “The Word of God is alive and so comes and says what he wants to say: not what I expect it to say, or what I hope it says,” stated the Pope in his Jan. 20 daily Mass, adding that it is a “free” word that … [Read more...]

MLK’s witness continues to push for justice ‘rooted in love’

Birmingham, Ala., Jan 20, 2014 / 06:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The example of Martin Luther King, Jr., calls Americans today to renew their commitment to justice and charity, reflected the head of the Knights of Peter Claver ahead of the annual holiday recognizing the civil rights leader. “We must illustrate and express ever more evidently the familial bond we share in Faith. Just as people often remember King as a drum major for justice, we must view ourselves as drum majors for justice … [Read more...]

Pleasure is part of the moral life, priest’s new book details

Los Gatos, Calif., Jan 19, 2014 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “Reasonable Pleasures,” the latest book from scholar Father James Schall, examines the “valuable but subordinate role” pleasure plays and how it can contribute to a life that is both fulfilled and good. The Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle believed “that the human being has a variety of tendencies…all of which have some kind of pleasure connected with it,” Fr. Schall, emeritus professor … [Read more...]

Christians must be disciples of the Lamb of God, says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 19, 2014 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus address today, Pope Francis reflected on Christ as the “Lamb of God,” focusing on the need for Christians to be welcoming and to live an attitude of solidarity. “What does it mean for the Church, for us, today, to be disciples of Jesus the Lamb of God? It means replacing malice with innocence, force with love, pride with humility, prestige with service,” Pope Francis proclaimed Jan. 19 in St. … [Read more...]

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...]