A Hall of Famer and generous giver

Detroit, Mich., May 25, 2013 / 01:11 pm (CNA).- When a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is talking, you expect to hear plenty of stories from his days on the playing field.That’s a logical assumption to make, unless the former player is Joe DeLamielleure. The day that he was interviewed for this story, he had spoken to school kids.Today’s National Football League, of course, is a lot different from when he played for the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns over a … [Read more...]

Dignity of man central to ‘rethinking solidarity,’ says Pope

Vatican City, May 25, 2013 / 10:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to an international group dedicated to promoting education of the Church’s social teaching, Pope Francis called for a new economic view that places the human person at the center.“We must return to the centrality of man, to a more ethical view of business and human relations, without the fear of losing something,” the Pope said on May 25.Pope Francis addressed members of the Fondazione Centesimus Annus Pro … [Read more...]

Don’t create sacrament of ‘pastoral customs,’ Pope preaches

Vatican City, May 25, 2013 / 06:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned that some Christians establish the eighth sacrament “of pastoral customs” when they insist on protocol instead of seeking to meet spiritual needs. He made his remarks during his May 25 homily on the Gospel reading from Mark 10 in which the disciples rebuked people who were bringing children to Jesus. “I remember once, coming out of the city of Salta, on the patronal feast, there was a humble lady … [Read more...]

Ariz. abortion law hoped to win Supreme Court support

Phoenix, Ariz., May 25, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against an Arizona law banning abortions after 20 weeks, but backers of the measure are hopeful that the case will result in a favorable Supreme Court decision. “The decision from the Ninth Circuit was expected, but is nonetheless disappointing,” Ronald Johnson, executive director of the Arizona Catholic Conference, told CNA May 23. “I have always felt that the United … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby lawyer encouraged by latest hearing

Denver, Colo., May 24, 2013 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The lawyer representing Hobby Lobby and its Christian owners in a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate is heartened following the case's hearing before a federal appeals court. “We were encouraged by it; we were able to make our points forcefully, and we felt the judges heard what were were saying,” Kyle Duncan, general counsel with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told CNA May 24. The arts and … [Read more...]

Papal encyclicals expected on faith and poverty, bishop reveals

Vatican City, May 24, 2013 / 02:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- According to an Italian bishop, Benedict XVI is concluding work on what was to have been his encyclical on faith, and Pope Francis will be writing an encyclical on poverty. “Benedict XVI is finishing writing the encyclical on faith which will be signed by Pope Francis. Following this, he himself will prepare his first encyclical on the poor: Beati pauperes,” Bishop Luigi Martella of the Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput urges Americans to ‘wake up’ on religious freedom

Philadelphia, Pa., May 24, 2013 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia says Americans need to awaken to threats against religious freedom given the new revelations about IRS targeting of religious groups and the continued burdens of the HHS mandate. “The day when Americans could take the Founders’ understanding of religious freedom as a given is over. We need to wake up,” Archbishop Chaput said in his May 24th column for … [Read more...]