Coalition of African-American Pastors joins March for Marriage

Washington D.C., Feb 27, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Civil Rights activist Reverend Bill Owens has joined with the National Organization for Marriage to promote and lead the March for Marriage occurring in Washington, D.C. next month. “Gay activists are wrong to claim the mantle of the civil rights movement in their push to redefine marriage for all – the most important civil right related to marriage is the right of every child to a mother and father,” said Rev. Owens … [Read more...]

Korean War chaplain slated to receive Medal of Honor

Wichita, Kan., Feb 26, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A former Kansas Congressman has indicated that Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor later this year, prompting excitement from those who know of the U.S. Army chaplain’s heroic service in prison camps during the Korean War.  “Like everybody else, I think it’s great news we’ve been waiting for some time,” said Fr. John Hotze, a priest from the Diocese of … [Read more...]

Lawmakers demand account of Planned Parenthood funds

Washington D.C., Feb 26, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have requested a report from the government on the use federal funds given to Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide abortions. “Planned Parenthood showed in its most recent annual report that they are providing fewer health services, while abortions and federal funding are going up,” said Rep. Diane Black (R- Tenn.). “Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood and others … [Read more...]

Cardinal Wuerl thanks Pope for guidance and humble example

Washington D.C., Feb 25, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict’s eight years of service to the Church should leave the faithful filled with gratitude and renewed in both faith and love, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C.“We are able to recognize that our Holy Father’s action speaks to us of his greatness and his ability to recognize the needs of the Church Universal today,” the cardinal said at a Feb. 24 Mass of Thanksgiving for the service of … [Read more...]

Vatican sets dates for 2015 World Meeting of Families

Philadelphia, Pa., Feb 25, 2013 / 09:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has announced the dates for the eighth World Meeting of Families, officially confirming that the event will be held in Philadelphia Sept. 22-27, 2015. “The more we encourage and support the integrity of families, the healthier society becomes,” said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.In a Feb. 25 announcement from the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI confirmed that the next World Meeting of … [Read more...]

Protestant scholar lauds Benedict’s ecumenical strides

Pasadena, Calif., Feb 24, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict has been a leader devoted to ecumenical efforts, according to a professor of Christian history and ecumenism at Fuller Theological Seminary, a Protestant school in Pasadena, Calif. “I have appreciated his commitment to ecumenism,” Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., who is also a minister in the Assemblies of God, an ecclesial community in the Pentecostal tradition, told CNA Feb. 19. Robeck participated in the third inter-faith … [Read more...]

Wales and England celebrate patron St. David on March 1

Denver, Colo., Feb 24, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among Welsh Catholics, as well as those in England, March 1 is the liturgical celebration of Saint David of Wales.St. David is the patron of the Welsh people, remembered as a missionary bishop and the founder of many monasteries during the sixth century. David was a popular namesake for churches in Wales prior to the Anglican schism, and his feast day is still an important religious and civic observance. Although Pope Benedict XVI … [Read more...]