100,000 march for life in Peru

Lima, Peru, Mar 27, 2013 / 12:41 pm (CNA).- More than 100,000 Peruvians bore the heat on March 23 to take part in the Great March for Life 2013, voicing support for the defense of human life from conception to natural death.The marchers also expressed opposition to any efforts to legalize abortion in the country.The pro-life march, which began at 9 a.m. local time, stretched for ten blocks down one of Lima’s most important avenues. Entire families with their children and … [Read more...]

Pope calls for end to Central African Republic violence

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2013 / 11:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appealed for an “immediate halt to violence and looting” in the Central African Republic after a coup toppled the country’s government over the weekend. “I call for an immediate halt to the violence and looting, and a political solution to the crisis to be found as soon as possible that would restore peace and harmony to that dear country for too long marked by conflict and division,” he said … [Read more...]

Vatican TV documentary reveals Pope Francis’ first words

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2013 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Television Center will release the documentary “Francesco” next week, providing an intimate look at the historic events that led to the election of Pope Francis, including his first words after his election. “I am a great sinner confident in the patience and mercy of God. In suffering, I accept,” said Monsignor Dario Edoardo Vigano, director of Vatican Television, as he recounted the moment when the … [Read more...]

Holy Week is time to bring Christ to forgotten, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2013 / 07:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said Holy Week is a time for moving beyond a “dull or mechanical” way of living the faith and to bring the joy of Christ to those who are most distant or in need. “Holy Week is not so much a time of sorrow, but rather a time to enter into Christ’s way of thinking and acting,” Pope Francis said March 27 at his first general audience. “It is a time of grace given us by the Lord so that we … [Read more...]

Speakers at marriage rally highlight needs of children, families

Washington D.C., Mar 27, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speakers at the national March for Marriage told the crowds gathered in Washington, D.C., that marriage is fundamentally about preserving an institutional link between parents for the sake of their children.“Marriage matters because family matters to our society and because marriage matters for families,” said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the … [Read more...]

Bishop stands firm on maintaining Catholic identity in schools

Santa Rosa, Calif., Mar 27, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- Bishop Robert F. Vasa of Santa Rosa, Calif., has said that he will allow several months for education and instruction before moving forward with a Catholic identity policy for diocesan school teachers.“The Pastors and I agree that a longer implementation period is in order,” Bishop Vasa said in a March 19 letter to the diocese.“It is now clear to me that there are a number of significant misunderstandings about what the … [Read more...]

Supreme Court warned of harm over marriage redefinition

Washington D.C., Mar 26, 2013 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Redefining marriage to include same-sex couples could adversely affect families and society at large, the lawyer defending California's gay marriage ban told Supreme Court justices today. “It is reasonable to be very concerned that redefining marriage as a genderless institution could well lead over time to harms to that institution and to the interests that society has always used that institution to address,” argued … [Read more...]