Global symposium aims to educate media on religious liberty

Rome, Italy, Mar 24, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal advocacy association, is hosting a conference in Rome this week to inform members of the media about its work in defense of religious freedom. “Alliance Defending Freedom is hosting an International Media Symposium to educate the media about the legal issues that are threatening human dignity, religious liberty, the sanctity of life, the future of the family,” Alan Sears, president of the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis expresses solidarity with victims of mafia violence

Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2014 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Friday meeting and prayer vigil with families of mafia victims, Pope Francis shared his sympathy with them, and then forcefully exhorted mafiosi to convert and change their lives. “I wish to share with you a hope, and it is this: that the sense of responsibility will slowly, slowly win out over corruption, in every part of the world,” the Roman Pontiff said March 21 to members of the Libera Foundation, an organization … [Read more...]

Dominican bishop of Nottingham transferred to Liverpool

Liverpool, England, Mar 21, 2014 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking Friday of his appointment as Archbishop of Liverpool, Bishop Malcolm McMahon of Nottingham has said he will strive to live up to the trust that is being put in him in his new role. “I am honoured and humbled to have been appointed by our Holy Father Pope Francis as Archbishop of Liverpool,” Bishop McMahon said in a news conference March 21. “I promise to do my best to repay the trust that he has placed in … [Read more...]

UK prime minister denounces sex-selective abortions as ‘appalling’

London, England, Mar 21, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has criticized sex-selective abortion as “simply an appalling practice,” and said the British government will work to counter the illegal practice. Cameron told parliament March 19 that Britain’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, and the Department of Health are preparing guidance for doctors about sex-selective abortions, intended to counter pressure on some pregnant women … [Read more...]

English bishop exhorts faithful to be charitable online

Portsmouth, England, Mar 21, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A pastoral letter from a British bishop to his faithful for Lent calls upon Catholics to consider their online interactions and to use social media for good rather than to hurt others. In moral decisions, including the decision about what to post online, “we cannot choose simply on the basis of what gives us pleasure and what causes us pain,” wrote Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth in a pastoral letter released March … [Read more...]

Young nun wows judges on Italy’s ‘The Voice’

Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2014 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sr. Cristina Scuccia is a 25 year old member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family who has appeared on "The Voice of Italy," a reality show akin to "American Idol" or "Britain’s Got Talent."Sr. Cristina surprised the four judges on The Voice of Italy March 19 with both her talent and her habit.The judges on the show begin with their backs turned to the performer, and turn around only if they … [Read more...]

Ukrainian Catholics experiencing ‘total persecution’ in Crimea

Kyiv, Ukraine, Mar 18, 2014 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Russian president signed a bill to annex Crimea Tuesday, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the peninsula has been experiencing what a Church official calls “total persecution.” “At this moment all Ukrainian Greek Catholic life in Crimea is paralyzed,” Fr. Volodymyr Zhdan, chancellor of the Stryi eparchy in western Ukraine, told CNA March 18.   From 2006 to 2010, Fr. Zhdan served as chancellor … [Read more...]