‘God is stronger,’ Pope insists as he urges outreach

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2013 / 10:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis asked the tens of thousands of Catholics gathered in Saint Peter’s Square to overcome divisions and the fear of evangelizing by trusting that “God is stronger.” “Just as I said, it is enough to open a newspaper and we see that around us there is the presence of evil, the Devil is at work,” he said at the June 12 general audience. “But I would like to say in a loud voice God is stronger, … [Read more...]

Pope targets longing for past, ‘adolescent progressivism’

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2013 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The progress of the Church can be hindered by the dual temptations of wanting to remain in the past and “adolescent progressivism,” Pope Francis said. The danger of a progressive approach to the Holy Spirit is that believers becomes “like teenagers who in their enthusiasm want to have everything, and in the end? You slip up…” he said at the June 12 morning Mass. “It’s like when the road is … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke backs pro-life legislative efforts

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2013 / 07:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just three days before a Vatican pro-life summit, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke urged people to actively resist efforts to pass anti-life legislation, because “many strong forces are at work.” “Catholics should be involved in various groups, which are organized to influence legislation so that it can respect the dignity of human life,” Cardinal Burke told CNA in an exclusive June 11 interview. “They should … [Read more...]

Scottish adoption agency celebrates despite closure threat

Glasgow, Scotland, Jun 12, 2013 / 04:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Friends of the St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society gathered at Glasgow’s cathedral on June 9 to commemorate its years of service and to support the society’s adoption agency against the threat of forced closure.Ronnie Convery, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Glasgow, Scotland, said there was “a mood of celebration” at the annual Mass and reception at St. Andrew’s … [Read more...]

Opponents charge Calif. abuse bill targets Catholic schools

Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 12, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Critics say a proposed Calif. bill lifting the statute of limitations on some child sex abuse lawsuits threatens the Catholic Church and its schools, failing to allow suits for similar abuse in public schools. “The bill itself is just unfair on its face,” Kevin Eckery, a spokesman for the California Catholic Conference, told CNA June 11. “Legislation is supposed to protect victims. The only thing (this bill) … [Read more...]

Bishop laments student’s nude protest as intolerant

Pittsburgh, Pa., Jun 12, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA).- Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh voiced dismay over the lack of respect shown to religious beliefs when a local college student publicly dressed up as a Pope, though nude from the waist-down. On April 18, Katherine O'Connor – a student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh – participated in a campus parade, passing out condoms while dressed from the waist-up as a pontiff, but otherwise naked. She has since been … [Read more...]

IRS scandals raise doubts over HHS mandate judgment

Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2013 / 05:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The targeting of conservative, pro-life and religious non-profits by the Internal Revenue Service is drawing concern over the agency’s authority to decide exemptions to the HHS mandate.“The HHS mandate hinges on what constitutes a religious entity,” said Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow at the Catholic Association and editor of AltCatholicah, a Catholic women’s web magazine.McGuire explained to CNA during a … [Read more...]


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