Interfaith workshop shows charity as ‘hallmark’ of Christian life

Sriracha, Thailand, Jul 11, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of 230 Buddhist students from schools throughout the diocese of Chantaburi, Thailand, learned about the importance of charity in a recent three-day workshop on human dignity.“Charity has no religion,” said Father Joseph Phongsak, director of the Commission on Evangelization and Inter-religious Dialogue for the Chantaburi Diocese. “It is a universal, common element embodied in every…major … [Read more...]

Texas House passes late-term abortion ban amid wide support

Washington D.C., Jul 10, 2013 / 06:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-lifers nationwide lauded Texas legislators for passing a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation on the grounds that unborn infants can feel pain at that stage of development. The bill passed the Texas House of Representatives with a vote of 96 to 49 on July 9, and its companion bill will be considered by the state Senate. “I do think it is what the people of Texas want, it is what the people of the nation … [Read more...]

WYD cross and Marian icon arrive in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 10, 2013 / 02:18 pm (CNA).- The World Youth Day Cross and Icon of the Virgin Mary arrived July 6 in Rio de Janeiro, where they will remain until the conclusion of the July 23-28 gathering of young people and Pope Francis.Some 1,500 young people from the Diocese of Itaguai carried the two World Youth Day symbols in procession to Rio de Janeiro, where they were met at the Church of St. Joseph by the head of the World Youth Day organizational committee.Archbishop … [Read more...]

Bishop says Pope Francis’ influence seen throughout encyclical

Madrid, Spain, Jul 10, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Juan A. Reig Pla of the Spanish diocese Alcala de Henares said that the thought of Pope Francis is evident throughout his recent encyclical.“Lumen Fidei,” or “The Light of Faith,” was released July 5, and is the first encyclical promulgated by Pope Francis. Much of the rough draft was prepared by Benedict XVI, who was not able to finish it before resigning from the office of Pope.However, Bishop Pla … [Read more...]

Pope gives American Maronites youthful bishop

Vatican City, Jul 10, 2013 / 09:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop for one of only two Maronite Catholic territories in the United States, while also accepting the resignation of the current shepherd. Father Abdallah Elias Zaidan, 50, was named July 10 by the Pope to replace Bishop Robert J. Shaheen as bishop of Our Lady of Lebanon Eparchy. Bishop Shaheen turned 76 on June 3, placing him one year beyond the retirement age. Bishop-designate Zaidan will be … [Read more...]

Arizona parish finds hope in wake of tragedies

Prescott, Ariz., Jul 10, 2013 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the city of Prescott, Ariz. grieves the loss of nineteen elite firefighters, Sacred Heart Catholic Parish is also coping with the “whirlwind” of the past few weeks. “I honestly believe that when death comes, no matter how it comes, that the Resurrection is my source of hope,” Fr. Darrin Merlino, the new pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prescott, Ariz. told CNA July 8. Recently, his parish has … [Read more...]

Pope offers ‘deep sympathy’ to Quebec train victims, families

Vatican City, Jul 10, 2013 / 04:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said he is uniting himself in prayer with the victims of the unusual train explosion that killed at least 15 people and destroyed a section of a Quebec town's center July 6. “His Holiness Pope Francis unites himself through prayer in the anguish of the grieving families and he entrusts the victims to the mercy of God, asking Him to welcome them into His light,” he said in a message released July 9 by the … [Read more...]