Kan. religious freedom bill dies after being labeled ‘segregation’

Topeka, Kan., Feb 21, 2014 / 02:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Kansas bill to protect the conscience rights of those who morally object to “gay marriage” stalled in the legislature after opponents portrayed it as a discrimination law akin to the Jim Crow laws of the early 20th century. “Protecting religious liberty and the rights of conscience does not infringe on anyone’s sexual freedoms,” said Ryan Anderson, pro-family scholar and co-author of “What is … [Read more...]

Cardinal tells consistory to proclaim ‘gospel of the family’

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2014 / 12:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Walter Kasper addressed the Extraordinary Consistory on the Family Thursday morning about how to rediscover and proclaim the “gospel of the family.” Cardinal Kasper spoke to about 150 Catholic cardinals on the morning of Feb. 20 after brief remarks by Pope Francis, who discussed “the beauty of the family and marriage,” as well as the family’s joys, hopes, struggles and sufferings. Father … [Read more...]

Indian chaplain in Holy Land lauds woman’s bravery

Jerusalem, Israel, Feb 20, 2014 / 10:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Indian-born caregiver in Israel who rushed into a burning apartment building in a heroic attempt to save her sick employer is now at hospital battling for her own life. Mrs. Anadavally, who is about 53 and hails from the southwestern Indian state of Kerala, was rescued together with her employer Jan. 1 by firefighters and paramedics in Haifa. “It is a sad tragedy of a poor working woman,” Fr. Tojy Jose, OFM, head … [Read more...]

Pope: Our own dependence should spur empathy for weak

Vatican City, Feb 20, 2014 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Vatican workshop addressing aging and disability, Pope Francis reminded participants that every human being is always dependent on others: a reality that should encourage empathy and inclusion. “One easily forgets that the relations among human beings are always relations of reciprocal dependence, which manifest themselves according to different degrees throughout the life of a person and become indispensable in situations of … [Read more...]

Archbishop Cordileone supports constitutional marriage amendment

Washington D.C., Feb 20, 2014 / 04:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ marriage defense efforts has offered his support to a suggested constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. “An amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the only remedy in law against this judicial activism that may ultimately end with federal judges declaring that the U.S. Constitution requires states, and consequently the federal … [Read more...]

Catholic patriarch condemns deadly violence in Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine, Feb 20, 2014 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Ukrainian Greek Catholic patriarch decried the deadly conflict between the government and protesters, calling for prayer and fasting amid increasing tensions. Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk on Feb. 20 said the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church condemns “all incitements to violence, because they are contrary to God’s law and to the truths of the Gospel.” “No one can make decisions about sacrificing human … [Read more...]

Pope greets 19 prisoners at St. Martha’s Residence

Vatican City, Feb 20, 2014 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis set aside his schedule Wednesday to meet briefly with 19 inmates from prisons in Pisa and the island of Pianosa, greeting each one individually and blessing them. According to ANSA, the secretary for the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, had organized the inmates’ visit to the Vatican and was celebrating Mass for them at the Vatican Grottos when the Pope learned of their arrival and decided to invited … [Read more...]