Pope’s hug embraced everyone with disabilities, dad says

Rome, Italy, Apr 4, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The father of a boy with special needs, whose iconic hug from Pope Francis has captured the world's attention, says that the Pope in that instant held “all people” with disabilities. “The Pope was embracing all the impoverished in that moment and it was a profound blessing,” Dr. Paul Gondreau told CNA April 2. “Not just for me and my wife,” he added, “but all parents of special needs … [Read more...]

Study shows African Americans reject civil, gay rights equation

Washington D.C., Apr 4, 2013 / 02:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new survey of African Americans shows that most disagree with the claim that the effort to promote gay rights is comparable to the historic movement for racial equality.About 55 percent of respondents to a Zogby Analytics survey said that equal rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons are not the same as equal rights for African Americans. Only 28 percent agreed, while 17 percent said they are not sure.The … [Read more...]

John Paul II exemplified Christian life, chaplain reflects

Washington D.C., Apr 4, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eighth anniversary of the death of Blessed Pope John Paul II, the chaplain of a shrine in his memory explained that the Pope called others to holiness through the witness of his own life. “Blessed John Paul II embodied the ‘man of God’ in his life and teaching,” said Fr. Gregory Gresko, chaplain of the Blessed John Paul II Shrine in Washington, D.C. Fr. Gresko told CNA on April 2 that since … [Read more...]

Pro-life club appeals after being denied campus recognition

Baltimore, Md., Apr 3, 2013 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pro-life student group at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., is appealing a denial of official recognition, saying that it is being discriminated against for its views against abortion.Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life of America, told CNA that this decision is surprising, given that Johns Hopkins administration and students “pride themselves on being a ‘free speech campus’ – … [Read more...]

Archbishop Sample exhorts Portland to focus on Jesus

Portland, Ore., Apr 3, 2013 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Alexander Sample was installed as head of the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore. on Tuesday, using his homily to encourage local Catholics to proclaim the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. “Jesus is alive and has become for us the source of eternal life. By his death he has destroyed death, freed us from the corruption of sin and opened up for us the way to the Kingdom of Heaven,” he said April 2. “We must always … [Read more...]

Chile faces criticism for giving morning-after pill to minors

Santiago, Chile, Apr 3, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- A new norm approved by Chile’s Ministry of Health has met with disapproval for allowing the morning-after pill to be made available to 14 year-old girls without parental consent.“By 14 year-old minors, it is clear we are talking about children. And by definition children do not have capacity or responsibility in any civil or civic environment,” said Congressman Juan Luis Castro, the former president of the Medical College of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis asks for ‘gift of tears’ to see Risen Christ

Vatican City, Apr 3, 2013 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his brief homily at an April 2 Mass at the chapel of St. Marta’s Residence, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to pray to God for the gift of tears, to imitate Mary Magdalene during this Easter season. Addressing various members of the Vatican gendarmerie and other Vatican workers present for the Mass, the Holy Father mediated on the passage about the “sinful” woman who wept upon seeing the empty … [Read more...]