Resolution to lift Boy Scouts’ gay ban proposed

Washington D.C., Apr 19, 2013 / 03:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Boy Scouts of America have introduced a resolution to reverse a ban on openly gay members, while leaving a ban on openly homosexual troop leaders intact. In an April 19 statement, the Boy Scouts said that “the Executive Committee, on behalf of the National Executive Board, wrote a resolution for consideration that would remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation.” It added … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus to help devastated Texas town

New Haven, Conn., Apr 19, 2013 / 12:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus have announced a donation drive to help the community of West, Texas after a massive fertilizer plant explosion killed a dozen people and demolished homes Wednesday night. “May God provide eternal rest to the deceased and comfort to all those affected, and may all of us be inspired by the witness and courage of the emergency personnel and bystanders who rushed to the aid of those who were injured at the … [Read more...]

Former NBA player visits Swiss Guard basketball team

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2013 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The former Los Angeles Lakers player Vlade Divac was thrilled to meet with the Swiss Guard to discuss sports and learn about their work at the Vatican. “I was very excited to be here, and they have a basketball team here with very tall people,” the 7-foot, 1-inch Divac joked in the Swiss Guard's barracks. “I also told them that if they need a coach, I can help them out,” he told CNA April 18. It was the … [Read more...]

Pope: answering God with the heart protects against ideologies

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2013 / 07:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spent his homily today reflecting on responding to God’s invitations with the heart and not just the intellect, since this leads to ideologies that falsify the Gospel and weigh down the Church. “The ideologues falsify the gospel. Every ideological interpretation, wherever it comes from – from (whatever side) – is a falsification of the Gospel,” Pope Francis said April 19 at a Mass he celebrated … [Read more...]

Pope’s Curia reform council reflects Church diversity

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2013 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The eight cardinals Pope Francis has chosen to advise him on church governance and reform of the Curia come from a variety of backgrounds and countries, bringing with them diverse views and realms of experience.Paolo Gherri, a professor of theology and canon law at the Pontifical Lateran University, told CNA April 16 that he believes it is significant that only one advisor is Italian and all advisors are residential archbishops who do … [Read more...]

Italian bishops launch TV program on stunning cathedral

Rome, Italy, Apr 19, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- The Italian bishops' conference have produced a twelve-part television series presenting the Creed from  Sicily's Monreale cathedral, a 12th century church covered in rich mosaics which explain the faith. “Step by step, from inside the cathedral, Fr. Innocenzo will unveil the 'spirit' of the images and therefore of the sacred narration, following the outline of the articles of the Creed,” wrote Sandro Magister in … [Read more...]

Austin diocese responds to Texas plant explosion

Austin, Texas, Apr 18, 2013 / 05:19 pm (CNA).- As the state reacts to a massive fertilizer plant explosion, Pope Francis and Bishop Joseph S. Vasquez of Austin have asked for prayers for the people of West, Texas and all those affected. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone sent a message to Bishop Vasquez, saying Pope Francis was “saddened” by the news of the destruction and sent his “heartfelt condolences” to the civil authorities and the affected … [Read more...]