Religious liberty key to peace in Middle East, cardinal says

Washington D.C., Sep 11, 2013 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Lasting peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East requires respect for human rights, including a vigorous freedom of religion, said Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired Archbishop of Washington, D.C.“The whole question of peace, the whole question of religious liberty, is so important,” the cardinal said on Sept. 9.“If you don't have human rights, if you don't have freedom of religion, then … [Read more...]

Bishops release special Mass prayers for 9/11 anniversary

Washington D.C., Sep 11, 2013 / 01:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the twelfth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S. bishops have released special Mass intercessions to pray for victims of terrorism, for military service members, and for an “end to all hatred.”“For all victims of violence and terrorism around the world, and for their families, that they may find comfort and peace, we pray to the Lord,” reads the new prayer on the website of the U.S. … [Read more...]

Chilean lawmakers establish day for unborn children

Santiago, Chile, Sep 11, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- By a vote of 59-27, the Chilean House of Representatives has approved a law establishing March 25 as the Day of the Unborn Child and of Adoption.   Although the proposal was granted initial approval on May 14, the congressional Human Rights committee then introduced a modification to instead call it the “Day for Pregnant Women and Adoption.” The request was declared inadmissible by the president of the House of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: the Church nurtures, loves us as a mother

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2013 / 11:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told thousands gathered for his weekly general audience that the Church is like our mother, who gives life to and nurtures the faithful.“Today I wish to continue our catechesis on the Church by reflecting on an image used by the early Fathers and the Second Vatican Council: the Church as our Mother,” he said. “By reflecting on the human experience of maternity, we understand that the Church is like our own … [Read more...]

German bishop says ‘forces at work’ against Bishop Tebartz

Rome, Italy, Sep 11, 2013 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A German bishop has voiced his support of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, who made headlines recently for being accused of leading a luxurious lifestyle.“There are forces at work that I cannot see, so everything is a bit puzzling for me,” Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer said on Sept. 11 during a conference for new bishops in Rome.“I know him personally and I consider him a modest man,” the Bishop of … [Read more...]

Scott Hahn calls Year of Faith book release ‘holy coincidence’

Denver, Colo., Sep 11, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a talk given in the Archdiocese of Denver, Dr. Scott Hahn of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology detailed his new book “Consuming the Word,” while highlighting the importance of the Year of Faith.The Franciscan University professor said he had already been working on the book’s release as a follow up to bestsellers, “The Lamb’s Supper” and “Letter and Spirit” before then-Pope … [Read more...]

Catholic League urges veto of ‘discriminatory’ Calif. abuse bill

Sacramento, Calif., Sep 11, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- California Gov. Jerry Brown should veto an abuse lawsuit bill that is “flagrantly discriminatory” and “targeted at the Catholic Church,” says Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.“Going after the Catholic schools today for cases of abuse that took place decades ago, while exempting the public schools – at a time when there is a serious problem with the sexual … [Read more...]