Catholic, Orthodox groups unite to promote online safety

Washington D.C., Jun 17, 2013 / 12:23 pm (CNA).- A new website launched by the U.S. bishops’ communication department and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is striving to provide internet safety advice for families.The site,, aims to be a resource for parents wanting to help their children navigate the internet, mobile devices and other technologies safely and within a “faith framework.”Along with its associated Facebook and Twitter … [Read more...]

Monastic founder St. Romuald remembered June 19

Denver, Colo., Jun 16, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Saint Romuald, who founded the Camaldolese monastic order during the early eleventh century, has his liturgical memorial on June 19. Working within the Western Church’s Benedictine tradition, he revived the primitive monastic practice of hermit life, allowing for greater solitude in a communal setting. Born into an aristocratic family during the middle of the tenth century, Romuald grew up in a luxurious and worldly … [Read more...]

Costly weddings could be crippling for new marriages

Denver, Colo., Jun 15, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Noting the sharply increasing costs of weddings, marriage advocates have begun to urge couples to be less extravagant in their nuptial celebrations for the good of their relationships. “We ran a survey early this year with a law firm that looked at reasons for not marrying, and the top reason for men was the cost of the wedding,” said Harry Benson, an official with the U.K.-based think tank The Marriage Foundation. Benson … [Read more...]

President Obama chooses CRS president as Vatican ambassador

Washington D.C., Jun 15, 2013 / 10:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- President Barack Obama has nominated Ken Hackett, the former head of Catholic Relief Services, as the next U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden of Baltimore, a former Catholic Relief Services board member, said the appointment was “great news.” He said Hackett has many skills relevant to the diplomatic position representing U.S. interests at the Vatican.“He has traveled all over the … [Read more...]

Catholic men address ‘identity crisis’ of fatherhood

Boston, Mass., Jun 15, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Several prominent Catholic men offer advice in new new book on how to respond to the modern uncertainty of what it means to a father and a man.   “There's a severe identity crisis in fatherhood, and in a related way, the concept of manhood,” Brian Caulfield, head of the Knights of Columbus website “Fathers for Good,” told CNA June 7. Frequently in pop culture – especially in sitcoms on … [Read more...]

Bipartisan warning issued over religious freedom threats in health care

Washington D.C., Jun 14, 2013 / 05:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of the Congressional Values Action Team of the House of Representatives gathered at a special order to voice their concerns over threats to religious freedom posed by the recent health care overhaul. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) told Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) on June 14, that “religious freedom is our first freedom, as stated right there in the First Amendment.”“This is not just freedom to … [Read more...]

Worldwide protests push for human, religious rights in Iran

Washington D.C., Jun 14, 2013 / 02:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Grassroots activists gathered at the Iranian Embassies across the world on June 13 to protest human rights violations in Iran, particularly the imprisonment of American citizen, Pastor Saeed Abedini.According to Tiffany Barrans of the American Center for Law and Justice, activists in Washington, D.C., “held up signs saying ‘release Pastor Saeed’ as they stood in quiet support of religious freedom for … [Read more...]