Knights recognized by Pope Francis for charity, witness

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 7, 2013 / 12:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis issued a letter to the Knights of Columbus on the occasion of their 131st annual convention, praising them for their charitable works and encouraging them to defend the faith.Sent by Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone on behalf of Pope Francis, the letter expressed the Pope’s “esteem for the ideals of faith and fraternity” that the Knights embody, as well as their “commitment to … [Read more...]

Expert urges US to address Nigeria violence against Christians

Washington D.C., Aug 7, 2013 / 04:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As bombings against Christian churches in Nigeria continue, a religious liberty scholar is calling on the U.S. government to recognize the scope of the problem and take steps to end the violence.Paul Marshall, senior fellow at the D.C.-based Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, explained that Nigeria has experienced “increased religious violence and attacks on Christians for about 12 years.”He told CNA … [Read more...]

Bishop says porn use starts with loneliness, ‘yearning for love’

Lincoln, Neb., Aug 7, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA).- Reflecting on the pornography addiction of a man recently sentenced for the abduction of three women, Bishop James Conley said that the pervasive porn problem is rooted in loneliness and isolation.On Aug. 1, Ariel Castro was sentenced to more than 1,000 years in prison for the abduction, imprisonment and rape of three women for over ten years. He held the women captive in his Ohio home, beating one of them when she was impregnated by him until she … [Read more...]

Federal probe of abortion clinic funding draws praise

Washington D.C., Aug 6, 2013 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life lawmakers issued statements supporting a government decision to investigate the federal funding of Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform abortions.“The federal government providing funding to abortion providers is a serious problem in our nation,” said Rep. Diane Black (R- Tenn.) in an August 5 statement.She said that she is pleased with the Government Accountability Office’s decision to … [Read more...]

Archbishop lauds work of Knights, urges immigration reform

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 6, 2013 / 01:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the Knights of Columbus' annual meeting, Texas Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller praised the group for its worldwide charitable work and encouraged continued compassion for immigrants.The archbishop presided over the Aug. 6 opening Mass for the Knights' convention at their 131st Annual Supreme Council Meeting in San Antonio.During his homily, he commended the 1.8 million-member global fraternity, saying the group's … [Read more...]

Dominicans aim to evangelize through beauty in new album

Ann Arbor, Mich., Aug 6, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Dominican order based in Ann Arbor will soon release an album of 15 songs centered on Marian devotion as a way to help listeners to encounter God through beautiful sacred music.“This music is just a little way for us to get into peoples' homes; no matter how much we wish we could go everywhere, obviously you can't, so this is a another outreach to bring God to those who just want him,” said Sister Joseph Andrew … [Read more...]

Boston priest on leave following sexual misconduct arrest

Boston, Mass., Aug 6, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monsignor Arthur M. Coyle of the Archdiocese of Boston is on “voluntary administrative leave” following his Aug. 4 arrest for allegedly hiring a prostitute.“Monsignor Arthur M. Coyle has taken a voluntary administrative leave from his assignment, as a result of his arrest on charges related to sexual misconduct involving an adult,” the Boston archdiocese stated Aug. 5.“While on administrative leave, Msgr. … [Read more...]