Judge strikes down Texas’ marriage definition amid criticism

Austin, Texas, Feb 27, 2014 / 11:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The state of Texas is appealing a ruling from a federal judge that could impose “gay marriage” in the state, as supporters of Texas’ marriage amendment argue that the ruling violates the rights of the state and its citizens. “We've seen a rash of these rulings in recent weeks, all making the same errors about binding Supreme Court precedents relevant to marriage and all issued by activist judges bound and … [Read more...]

Thai bishop’s soccer skills score goals of evangelization

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Feb 27, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The patronal feasts of parishes in a northeastern Thai diocese unite communities for Mass, prayer, processions – and friendly soccer matches. At the conclusion of the solemn Mass of parish patron, each community in the Diocese of Nakhon Ratchasima partakes of a festive agape-lunch that ends in the  joyous whistles of groups playing a game of futsal -- a variant of soccer played on a relatively small indoor court … [Read more...]

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, head of the Synod of Bishops

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among the newly elevated cardinals is Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, who was in fact given a Pope Francis' own red biretta minutes after his election as Bishop of Rome. Cardinal Baldisseri was born in 1940 in the Italian town of Barga, and in 1963 was ordained a priest, while still only 22 years of age, for the Archdiocese of Pisa. He holds a license in dogmatic theology, a doctorate in canon law, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to new cardinal: ‘I love Korea’

Rome, Italy, Feb 26, 2014 / 06:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During the Feb. 23 Mass of Thanksgiving for the creation of new cardinals, Pope Francis offered words of affection for the newly-elevated South Korean cardinal’s home country.   “I love Korea,” were the unexpected words of Pope Francis at the sign of peace to Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-Jung, who recounted the moment later at a Feb. 25 press conference. The cardinal said he promptly replied, “The Korean people … [Read more...]

Trappist monks’ spirituality hailed as key to business success

Washington D.C., Feb 26, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A spiritual focus on generous service and community is the key to success for the Trappist monks, not only in their business ventures but in all of their pursuits, said a businessman closely acquainted with the order. Trappist monks build a culture of “service and selflessness” in their monasteries, which explains “why the monks are so successful not just in their business practices but in everything that they … [Read more...]

Francis is the boost the Church needs, says 107-year-old nun

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2014 / 01:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A religious sister who celebrated her 107th birthday at daily Mass with Pope Francis Feb. 20 believes that the Holy Father is a gift to the Church. “If God wanted us to have Pope Francis, it’s because it was already in his eternal mind,” Sister Candida Bellotti said in statements to CNA. “He is the right person for our time, and we need to respect him because it is God’s will.” The religious sister, … [Read more...]

Anointing of the Sick assures nearness of Christ, says Pope

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2014 / 05:06 am (CNA).- In his Wednesday general audience Pope Francis gave a brief catechesis on the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, noting that its purpose is to bring Christ close to the recipient. “Every time we celebrate this sacrament, the Lord Jesus, in the person of the priest, comes close to those who suffer and are gravely ill or elderly,” explained the Pope on Feb. 26. “The special grace of this sacrament” should not cause us … [Read more...]


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