Dominicans turn to music, rosary to evangelize in DC

Baltimore, Md., May 22, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Music and the distribution of rosaries provided an opportunity to spread the Gospel for a group of Dominicans in the heart of the nation’s capital. “Music is such a beautiful expression of Gospel joy that it just ‘clicks’ for people,” Brother Gregory Pine, O.P., told CNA, explaining that the music is a way of “re-presenting the attractiveness of the Gospel in another medium.” “That … [Read more...]

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Vatican newspaper gives voice to women in the Church

Rome, Italy, May 22, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The co-founder of a monthly insert on women's issues in the Vatican newspaper says its pages offer a valuable platform for female perspectives in the Church. “The monthly insert was created to give a voice to the many women who work in the Catholic Church and are unknown…we would like them to become known and above all, allow them to be heard,” Lucetta Scaraffia told CNA on April 7. The professor of contemporary … [Read more...]

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Archbishop: Europe’s governments ignore attacks on Christians

Einsiedeln, Switzerland, May 22, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- European governments and politicians have failed to properly address increasing attacks on Christians, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein said during a talk at a pilgrimage in Switzerland on Sunday. “Only a few member states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe report about cases against Christians within their borders, while discrimination against other social groups are regularly reported,” the … [Read more...]

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Federal judges order ‘gay marriage’ in Pennsylvania, Oregon

Philadelphia, Pa., May 21, 2014 / 07:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following judicial decisions ordering Pennsylvania and Oregon to recognize “gay marriage,” critics said that such decisions damage society and ignore the rights of children. “Every child has a basic right to a mother and a father united in marriage as a family. Today’s decision does not change that,” the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference said May 20, voicing hope for a prompt appeal. Archbishop … [Read more...]

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‘Dire’ situation continues in Central African Republic

Baltimore, Md., May 21, 2014 / 04:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An ongoing lack of security in the Central African Republic is among the challenges facing those who long for peace, said a relief agency staff member who recently visited the violence-ridden nation. “Without feeling safe, people are afraid to live in their homes,” Kim Pozniak told CNA May 21. She explained that “they don’t farm and they’ve either lost or abandoned their small businesses for fear of … [Read more...]

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Lasallian Brothers elect American superior general

Rome, Italy, May 21, 2014 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The French-founded Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools have elected Brother Robert Schieler, an American with extensive education experience, as their new superior general. “I am humbled by this great challenge the brothers have given me, to be able to follow in the footsteps of our holy founder St. La Salle,” Br. Schieler said in a video message after his election. “I know that anything that can be … [Read more...]

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Children to receive First Communion at papal Mass in Jordan

Amman, Jordan, May 21, 2014 / 02:26 pm (CNA).- Some 1400 boys and girls from Jordan will receive First Communion during the Mass Pope Francis will celebrate on the first day of his trip to the Holy Land at the Amman International Stadium. “The preparation for the celebration, which began four months ago, has involved the parents of the children, with catechism classes taught each Friday by priests, religious, catechists and religion teachers,” said Father Rifat Bader of the … [Read more...]

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