Indulgences not a ‘magical formula,’ canon lawyer explains

Lincoln, Neb., Jul 18, 2013 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In contrast with media reports of “time off of purgatory” for Pope Francis' Twitter followers, a canon lawyer says indulgences are a way that the Church encourages Christians to prayer. “Because the Church has the spiritual authority that Christ has given it, the Church can invite us to particularly sanctifying moments and particularly sanctifying opportunities,” JD Flynn, special assistant to Bishop James … [Read more...]

John Paul II film festival seeks movies ‘that inspire’

Miami, Fla., Jul 18, 2013 / 04:37 pm (CNA).- Preparing for its fourth event in recent years, a Florida-based international film festival named for Pope John Paul II is looking for submissions that witness to society through compelling beauty and inspiring art.“John Paul II’s emphasis on The New Evangelization recognized the power in the medium of cinema and this festival speaks to his legacy,” said Frank William Brennan, the festival’s director of film … [Read more...]

Book aims to help Catholics transform culture for Christ

Ann Arbor, Mich., Jul 18, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Radio host Al Kresta’s new book is meant to help Catholics respond to the arguments of their opponents, stressing the need to love one’s enemies so as to transform a culture hostile to Jesus Christ. “It’s clear that Catholicism, especially in America, is under increased attack. And it isn’t as though somebody’s discovered some truth about the faith that is now rejected,” Kresta told CNA July 16. … [Read more...]

Congressman urges focus on human rights abuses in North Korea

Washington D.C., Jul 18, 2013 / 02:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In spite of international attention on North Korea’s restrictive political regime, a top member of the Congressional human rights commission critiqued the Obama administration, saying it has not done enough to protect human rights in the country.“A new North Korea framework is long overdue.  Ignoring or downplaying the human rights situation for one more day is unconscionable,” said Congressman Frank Wolf … [Read more...]

Archbishop’s immigration book praised for focus on family unity

Denver, Colo., Jul 17, 2013 / 11:39 am (CNA).- Archbishop José Gomez' new book “Immigration and the Next America” is being lauded for its emphasis on the good of the people and families affected by American immigration policy. “The part that really impressed me, because it's not something you hear from either (political) party, is it puts a real emphasis on family reunification,” Michael Sean Winters, a writer at the National Catholic Reporter, told CNA … [Read more...]

Contemplative monk creates comic book to teach faith

Denver, Colo., Jul 17, 2013 / 04:10 am (CNA).- Building on his lifelong love of comic books, an Eastern Catholic monk has authored a short graphic novel, “The Truth is Out There,” to help explain the truths of the faith in an understandable way.“The reason I did it in cartoon format was because I didn’t think my friends would read it any other way,” Amadeus – which is the author's pen-name – told CNA in a recent interview.“The Truth is … [Read more...]

Bishop calls for social action to address migrants’ challenges

Trenton, N.J., Jul 17, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop David O'Connell has issued a pastoral statement challenging Catholics to reach across partisan boundaries to pray and act for solutions to the challenges facing immigrants in the United States. “As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I ask all Catholics and those who believe with us, to put aside any partisan differences to pray for all our immigrant sisters and brothers, particularly on Justice for Immigrants … [Read more...]