Local priest blazes pilgrimage across Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wis., Oct 27, 2013 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “Pray with Mary, walk with Jesus,” is the motto of Fr. Andrew Kurz, who just finished praying and walking 120 miles in the Wisconsin countryside as part of a new pilgrimage he dubbed “The Wisconsin Way.” Fr. Kurz began the 12-day trek along the Ice Age trail Oct. 13, starting at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in New Franken, Wis., and ending at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of … [Read more...]

Tridentine Mass draws international pilgrims to Rome

Rome, Italy, Oct 27, 2013 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The road leading to St. Peter’s Square was packed on Saturday morning: but not with the usual tourists or merchants. Instead, a long line of pilgrims processed along the street carrying candles and singing hymns.They were participants in an international pilgrimage to Rome celebrating the Extraordinary Form of the Mass made widely available by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in 2007.Bishop Fernando Areas Rifan of the Personal … [Read more...]

‘How’s the joy in your home?’ Pope asks families

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2013 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the Sunday Mass held during the “Day for the Family” in Rome, Pope Francis questioned pilgrims about the harmony of their home lives.“I would like to ask a question today. Everyone – how will you carry joy home in your heart? How’s the joy in your home? How’s the joy in your family?” he asked during his Oct. 27 homily.“The family which experiences the joy of faith communicates it … [Read more...]

Poll find voters split on ‘gay marriage’

Trenton, N.J., Oct 27, 2013 / 07:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new survey reports that U.S. voters are evenly split on “gay marriage,” with opposition strongest among those who view marriage primarily as a religious institution.The Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that 44 percent of self-described likely voters oppose same-sex “marriage,” while an equal number support it. About 66 percent of Republican voters oppose recognizing the unions as marriages, while 60 … [Read more...]

Yale pro-life conference urges engagement with culture

New Haven, Conn., Oct 26, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At Yale's first annual pro-life conference, advocates emphasized moving beyond current pro-life efforts to more directly address the issues and understandings of persons who do not see the dignity of all human life. “Abortion might be the most boring moral issue we grapple with today,” said Michael Hannon, managing editor of The Thomistic Institute in New York City, a panelist at the Oct. 18 conference. “That … [Read more...]

Sacraments are not mere ‘decorations,’ insists Pope

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2013 / 03:31 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis met with families from around the world today in a celebration of the joy of family life, telling them that the sacraments provide real grace to aid in the challenges everyone faces.“The sacraments don’t just decorate life!” exclaimed the Pope to the crowds filling St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 26. “They are to give us strength of life!”The event was held during the Year of Faith in order for … [Read more...]

Anglican scholar, Catholic theologian awarded Ratzinger prize

Rome, Italy, Oct 26, 2013 / 11:21 am (CNA).- At the conclusion of an international symposium in Rome, Pope Francis granted the prestigious "Joseph Ratzinger award" to two professors for their exemplary scholarship in theology.The winners were the Anglican Rev. Canon Professor Richard Burridge, Dean of Kings College, London, and Catholic professor of theology Christian Schaller, vice director of the Pope Benedict XVI institute of Regensburg, Germany.“Special congratulations … [Read more...]


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