Secularism too fragile a basis for society, English bishop says

London, England, Mar 12, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During an address at his alma mater last week, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth discussed the rise of secularism in Britain and how Christianity in contrast enables greater human flourishing. “Secularism is too fragile a basis for a free society…the Gospel alone can offer an authentic humanism able to transform human living,” Bishop Egan said March 6 at King's College London, where he studied in the 1970s. He … [Read more...]

Prayer at center of Ukrainian Catholic response to crisis

Kyiv, Ukraine, Mar 7, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prayer and respect for the dignity of all persons are at the core of the Ukrainian Catholic response to the upheavals in Ukraine, a prelate of the tradition in the U.S. has said. “What a beautiful example for all of us in the free world -- the centrality of faith in people’s struggle for human dignity,” Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia told CNA March 5. The Ukrainian Greek … [Read more...]

Burning of JPII’s letters would be senseless, cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Mar 7, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz addressed his controversial publishing of letters which John Paul II asked to be burned, affirming that the decision is prudent as the letters are “a good for humanity.” “These writings were consigned for the process of beatification. They were delivered, examined by the commission,” Cardinal Dziwisz told CNA in an interview last month, adding that any “polemic” surrounding the … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop issues letter on abortion

Madrid, Spain, Mar 6, 2014 / 07:53 pm (CNA).- Bishop Jose Ignacio Munilla of San Sebastian in Spain has released a new pastoral letter on abortion that answers questions and encourages open discussion on the issue. “We cannot accept 4000 abortions each year in the Basque Country,” Bishop Munilla said. In his letter – which he presented to Pope Francis during an ad limina visit to the Vatican – the Spanish bishop responded to specific questions about abortion and … [Read more...]

Historian critiques Cardinal Kasper’s speech as a ‘cultural revolution’

Rome, Italy, Mar 5, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Roberto de Mattei, an Italian historian, has written about Cardinal Walter Kasper’s Feb. 20 address to cardinals on marriage and the family, calling it a “resounding revolution of culture and praxis.” The column, authored by the chair of the history department at the European University of Rome, appeared in Il Foglio March 1 immediately following the full text of Cardinal Kasper’s address; it was translated into … [Read more...]

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, Perugia’s first red hat in 160 years

Perugia, Italy, Mar 5, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the cardinals elevated by Pope Francis at the Feb. 22 consistory is Gualtiero Bassetti, Archbishop of Perugia-Citta della Pieve – a diocese which has not seen a cardinal since 1878. That year, Archbishop Vincenzo Pecci of Perugia, who had been made a cardinal in 1853, was elected Pope Leo XIII. Cardinal Bassetti was born in 1942 in Maraddi, little more than an hour outside of Florence. He was ordained a priest of the … [Read more...]

Ancient Lenten pilgrimage comes to life through new book

Rome, Italy, Mar 4, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Author and scholar George Weigel says his newly-released book offers readers the opportunity experience a centuries-old Lenten practice from Rome in their households across the globe.   Weigel called his recent work “Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches,” an “invitation to people all over the world to spend Lent in Rome, at home.” “This book is a way to make the ancient station church pilgrimage in … [Read more...]


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