Teens in LA prison thank Pope for example of love

Los Angeles, Calif., Apr 2, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- After hearing about Pope Francis' Holy Thursday Mass where he washed the feet of juvenile detainees, imprisoned youth in Los Angeles wrote letters to the pontiff thanking him for giving them hope. “Thank you for washing the feet of youth like us in Italy,” one prisoner wrote, “We are also young and made mistakes. Society has given up on us, thank you that you have not given up on us.” Pope Francis made … [Read more...]

Wisconsin missionary priest’s path to sainthood begins

La Crosse, Wis., Apr 2, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of La Crosse has opened the beatification cause of Wisconsin priest Father Joseph Walijewski on March 19, a missionary known as a humble man who helped the poor of Latin America. “This guy was a saint,” Father Sebastian Kolodziejczyk, Executive Director of the Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II orphanage in Lima, Peru, told CNA April 1. “He was all about doing God’s will as a priest,” Fr. … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby granted full court hearing for mandate case

Washington D.C., Apr 1, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian-owned craft giant Hobby Lobby will be able to make its appeal against the federal contraception mandate before a full federal panel of nine judges, rather than the usual three. “Full court review is reserved only for the most serious legal questions,” explained Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in a press release on March 29. The Becket Fund is representing the owners of Hobby … [Read more...]

Super Bowl winner looks back with thanks

Grapevine, Texas, Mar 30, 2013 / 11:01 am (CNA).- Faith has always played a significant role in many NFL players lives. In this era, New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow is famous for displaying his faith on the field by kneeling and praying. But did you know that many NFL players spend a significant amount of time praying and worshiping God? Maury Buford, owner of Buford Roofing in North Texas, is one example. Buford was a punter in the National Football League for the San Diego … [Read more...]

Panel urges awareness of global Christian oppression

Washington D.C., Mar 29, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Authors of a new book on the global persecution of Christians warned that Americans must recognize the grave threat that is facing the faithful throughout the world. “When religious freedom is beginning to be eclipsed, it leads inevitably to genuine persecution,” said panel moderator Eric Metaxas in at a talk in the nation’s capital. Metaxas is known for his books on Christians William Wilberforce and Dietrich … [Read more...]

Colorado parish dedicates ‘beautiful’ new church

Denver, Colo., Mar 29, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a parish of the Denver Archdiocese, recently dedicated its new church building which local Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila has described as “beautiful.” “The beauty of it... speaks to the gift of our faith, and that this is a place where the Lord is truly present and dwells,” the archbishop told CNA shortly after the dedication Mass on March 23. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is located in … [Read more...]

Pro-life Democrats call for broad HHS mandate exemptions

Washington D.C., Mar 29, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For-profit businesses should be exempt from contraception mandate requirements that they provide abortifacient drugs, Democrats for Life of America argued in briefs recently filed in federal court cases. “Our nation has a longstanding and pervasive tradition of accommodating conscientious objections to facilitating abortion,” said Kristen Day, director of Democrats For Life of America, said March 26. “DFLA was … [Read more...]