Conference calls for spiritual preservation of Way of St. James

Madrid, Spain, Aug 5, 2013 / 05:17 pm (CNA).- The spiritual meaning of the Way of St. James pilgrimage must not be reduced to a mere touristic and ecological route, said a Spanish agency charged with promoting the Church's cultural heritage.The ancient pilgrimage route was discussed during a recent meeting of the National Conference of Cultural Heritage of the Church, which is composed of bishops, Spanish national heritage officials and other advisors.They recognized that the nearly … [Read more...]

Winning pro-life contest photos will be shown to Pope

Rome, Italy, Aug 5, 2013 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- The winning photos of the contest “Life…in HD,” which is being organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, will be projected for Pope Francis this October in Rome.The Vatican office announced the event on its website, inviting young people to “Become Pope Francis’ photographer” in a “photo competition for teens on the occasion of the Pilgrimage of the Families.”Teens between the ages of 12 … [Read more...]

Gay couple to sue Church of England for marriage rights

London, England, Aug 3, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following legislation that permits same-sex marriage in the U.K. yet prohibits the Church of England from performing the ceremony, a gay couple are planning to sue to be able to marry in their church.“We are happy for gay marriage to be recognized – in that sense it is a big step. But it is actually a small step because it is something we still cannot actually do,” Barrie Drewitt-Barlow told the Essex Chronicle Aug. … [Read more...]

Slovenia’s two archbishops resign amid financial crisis

Rome, Italy, Aug 1, 2013 / 07:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The only two archbishops in Slovenia have resigned at the invitation of Pope Francis, after two financial companies associated with the Archdiocese of Maribor collapsed. “I hope and pray to God that this step I have taken will help restore credibility to the Slovenian Church, as it deserves it,” Archbishop Anton Stres of Ljubljana said in a July 31 statement. Archbishop Marjan Turnšek of Maribor also resigned his … [Read more...]

After train crash, archbishop points to Christ for comfort

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Jul 31, 2013 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Celebrating Mass for the 79 victims of the July 24 train crash near Santiago de Compostela, Spanish Archbishop Julia Barrio invited the mourning families to seek hope and comfort in Christ.When we unite our suffering to that of Christ, it becomes redemptive, the archbishop told those gathered at a July 29 Mass at the Santiago Cathedral, including the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Spanish President Mariano Rajoy, and … [Read more...]

Pope joins in prayers for Italian bus crash victims

Rome, Italy, Jul 30, 2013 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent his “deepest condolences” and is offering “fervent prayers” as family and friends gathered today to mourn the 38 people who died in a tragic bus accident last Sunday. “Profoundly saddened by the news of the tragic accident, the Pope raises fervent prayers for the souls of the deceased and conveys his deepest condolences to their families,” reads a July 29 telegram sent by Secretary … [Read more...]

Britain’s online porn ban hailed as sensible solution

London, England, Jul 29, 2013 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A British plan to apply family-friendly filters to internet connections by default has drawn praise as a thoughtful way to balance the free flow of information with the protection of people from harm. U.K. prime minister David Cameron announced in a July 22 speech that the government had reach an agreement with the nation's biggest internet service providers, covering 95 percent of British homes, to block access to pornography … [Read more...]


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