At UN, cardinal condemns terrorism’s use of religion

New York City, N.Y., Sep 26, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Terrorism represents a “fundamental threat to our common humanity” and people of faith must condemn religion-based terrorism, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. Invoking the founding of the United Nations after World War II and the defeat of Nazi Germany, he said Sept. 24 that countries once again “must come together in order to fulfill our … [Read more...]

Bishop, canonist: Gay unions among sins barring Communion

Lewistown, Montana, Sep 25, 2014 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The denial of Holy Communion to a same-sex couple who obtained a marriage license is in line with broader Church teaching on public grave sin and the Eucharist, explained a prominent canon lawyer. The provision that supports this pastor’s action is Canon 915, which “directs ministers of holy Communion to withhold the sacrament from those who ‘obstinately persist in manifest grave sin’,” Dr. Edward … [Read more...]

Boko Haram still a serious threat to Nigeria, advocates warn

Washington D.C., Sep 25, 2014 / 02:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The militant Islamist group Boko Haram continues to pose a grave threat to Nigerian society five months after the abduction of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls, a law expert from the country warned. “Boko Haram continues to attack their communities and about a dozen parents of missing girls have already died in the five months since their abduction,” Emmanuel Ogebe, managing partner of the U.S.-Nigeria Law Group, told CNA … [Read more...]

‘Peace is possible,’ say US bishops returning from Palestine, Israel

Washington D.C., Sep 25, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Stressing the importance of prayer, a delegation of U.S. bishops returning from a peace-focused pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel said peace in the region is possible “because God is our hope.” “We are compelled by the Gospel of Peace to share the fruits of our prayers and encounters with Israelis and Palestinians,” the delegation said in a Sept. 22 communique. “Two peoples and three faiths have … [Read more...]

Church-state separation allows rules on employee morality, lawyers say

Kansas City, Mo., Sep 24, 2014 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The separation of church and state includes the freedom to require employees to follow Church teachings, said a legal group responding to a lawsuit over the firing of an employee of the Kansas City – St. Joseph diocese after her same-sex “marriage” became public. “If dioceses are forced to employ people who do not follow Church doctrine, the government will have corrupted the Church, which will no longer be … [Read more...]

Renovation plans for Orange’s Christ Cathedral aim to uplift

Orange, Calif., Sep 24, 2014 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Orange announced Wednesday the new design plans for Christ Cathedral, saying they are intended to transform the former Crystal Cathedral into a space that is “liturgically and intrinsically Catholic.” “Through this innovative design process an insightful plan has emerged that will establish Christ Cathedral as a place for involvement in the sacraments, a place to hear the Word of God proclaimed and a … [Read more...]

US bishops invite faithful to pray for family synod

Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2014 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have asked Catholics to take part in a worldwide day of prayer on Sept. 28 for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family. “The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is an important moment for the Church and for families,” Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, said Sept 19. “I welcome whole-heartedly this day of prayer for the synod … [Read more...]