DC concert to share message of Bl. John XXIII, John Paul II

Washington D.C., Jan 20, 2014 / 12:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An upcoming concert in Washington, D.C., will celebrate the lives and canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, highlighting their efforts to promote unity, cooperation and peace. “This concert is going to be unique,” said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., at a Jan. 16 press conference. “It will stand in its own right because what it is saying is 'look at the fruit of the lives of these … [Read more...]

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MLK’s witness continues to push for justice ‘rooted in love’

Birmingham, Ala., Jan 20, 2014 / 06:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The example of Martin Luther King, Jr., calls Americans today to renew their commitment to justice and charity, reflected the head of the Knights of Peter Claver ahead of the annual holiday recognizing the civil rights leader. “We must illustrate and express ever more evidently the familial bond we share in Faith. Just as people often remember King as a drum major for justice, we must view ourselves as drum majors for justice … [Read more...]

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Pleasure is part of the moral life, priest’s new book details

Los Gatos, Calif., Jan 19, 2014 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “Reasonable Pleasures,” the latest book from scholar Father James Schall, examines the “valuable but subordinate role” pleasure plays and how it can contribute to a life that is both fulfilled and good. The Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle believed “that the human being has a variety of tendencies…all of which have some kind of pleasure connected with it,” Fr. Schall, emeritus professor … [Read more...]

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Rankings show pro-life ‘momentum’ in US state laws

Washington D.C., Jan 19, 2014 / 06:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Organizers of a recent report monitoring pro-life laws in states throughout the country said that the data shows a trend towards the legal protection of women and their unborn children. “Real pro-life momentum is reshaping the country as legislators craft protections for both mother and child, the victims of an avaricious abortion industry,” Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United For Life, said Jan. … [Read more...]

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Diocesan shelter extended hours to provide refuge from freezing temps

Providence, R.I., Jan 18, 2014 / 01:03 pm (CNA).- It was a lesson in compassion straight out of the Gospel of St. John.Born on foreign shores, a man now homeless, brought some of the medical training and compassion for the infirm he first acquired in his native Haiti to bear in caring for a fellow guest at the diocese’s Emmanuel House homeless shelter in his time of need.After walking the streets of Providence for several hours as a powerful winter storm took aim at New England Jan. … [Read more...]

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US bishops launch 9 Days for Life novena, campaign

Washington D.C., Jan 18, 2014 / 06:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops are inviting the faithful to participate in nine days of prayer, fasting and pilgrimage surrounding the 41st anniversary of legalized abortion throughout the nation. “We're all called to pray for the cause of life,” said Deirdre McQuade, assistant director of policy and communication for the U.S. Bishops'  Pro-Life Secretariat. “It's a beautiful effort,” she told CNA, … [Read more...]

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Bishops ask Congress to support, resettle Syrian refugees

Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have encouraged Congress to work to end the violence in Syria, and to help address the major humanitarian crisis facing the conflict’s more than 2 million refugees. “The Syrian refugee crisis deserves the full attention and mobilization of the international community,” Bishop Eusebio Elizondo Almaguer, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle, told a Senate subcommittee on human rights Jan. 7. “With the … [Read more...]

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