Quarter million people in France march for marriage

Paris, France, Nov 20, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA).- Nearly 250,000 people across France took to the streets on Nov. 17 to voice their support for marriage against ongoing efforts by political leaders to legalize same-sex unions. Supporters held marches in Paris, Toulouse, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Rennes, Metz, Dijon and Bordeaux, to protest proposals by French President Francois Hollande to make same-sex unions equal to marriage. The thousands of protestors also voice disagreement with measures … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke honors Irish blessed with monument

Rome, Italy, Nov 15, 2012 / 12:22 am (CNA).- Cardinal Raymond L. Burke recently unveiled a monument he commissioned for his titular church – Saint Agatha of the Goths – of a saintly Irish monk who was ordained there in 1881.“Cardinal Burke loves to build and loves to beautify … and this is a monument to this great man and this great event in his life, to remind us where this saint was ordained,” said Duncan G. Stroik, the monument's designer, in a Nov. 14 … [Read more...]

Divorced should be embraced with kindness, priest underscores

Rome, Italy, Nov 14, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian priest who serves as a spiritual director for dozens of divorced Catholics in Rome said that the Church needs to lovingly embrace its members who have suffered from separation. “Through Baptism everyone is a child of God, God liberates us all, and in a particular way, this Pope, many times, has affirmed the importance of embracing everyone,” said Father Paolo Bachelet. At 90 years-old, Fr. Bachelet helps families … [Read more...]

Jesus expressed the faith in small ‘tweets,’ cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Nov 14, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official urged Catholics to share the Gospel in a concise and eloquent way like Jesus, “who used only 78 Greek characters to express the faith, barely half of the amount used for a message on Twitter today.” Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, who serves as president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, made his remarks Nov. 9, as he received a “Honoris Causa” Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Lateran … [Read more...]

Priest calls study of non-physical realm the ‘supreme’ science

Rome, Italy, Nov 14, 2012 / 12:04 am (CNA).- A priest who headed the fifth annual World Congress of Metaphysics in Rome said the study of that which lies beyond the physical realm puts all other sciences in the right perspective. In his opening address, congress president Father Jesús Fernández Hernández praised metaphysics as the “supreme science” that aligns all other sciences and philosophies and “opens them to vast horizons.” However, the … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict brings joy to ‘peers’ at elderly home

Rome, Italy, Nov 12, 2012 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict visited fellow seniors at a home for the aged in Rome on Nov. 12, speaking to their needs and reminding all of them of the special role they play in this “time of sunset.” “I come among you as the Bishop of Rome, but also as an elder on a visit to his peers,” the Pope told residents of the Long Live the Elderly Home, a project of the charitable Community of Sant'Egidio. “I understand the … [Read more...]

Bishop Justin Welby chosen to lead Anglican Communion

London, England, Nov 9, 2012 / 05:29 pm (CNA).- Bishop of Durham Justin Welby will become the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, succeeding the retiring Dr. Rowan Williams.“I feel a massive sense of privilege at being one of those responsible for the leadership of the church in a time of spiritual hunger,” said the 56-year-old father of six, who was an oil industry executive before pursuing a religious vocation.British Prime Minister … [Read more...]