Priest shares God’s love on Ohio’s death row

Columbus, Ohio, Sep 1, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Ohio priest says his ministry to prisoners on death row has strengthened his conviction in the power of God’s forgiveness, even among prisoners who feel like “pariahs.”   “People preparing for death are the same whether they are in a hospice setting or a prison. They live each day, trying to find a reason for hope,” Fr. Lawrence Hummer told CNA Aug. 30. “When they discover the power of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis announces global prayer vigil for peace on Sept. 7

Vatican City, Sep 1, 2013 / 07:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Departing from his typical reflections on the Sunday gospel, Pope Francis used his Angelus audience today to call for peace throughout the world, particularly in conflict-ridden Syria.“I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me,” he said to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 1.“There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these … [Read more...]

Secretary Kerry asks Iran to release American pastor

Washington D.C., Sep 1, 2013 / 07:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has renewed calls for the Iranian government to release American citizen Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor serving an eight-year sentence on religion-related charges.“The United States respectfully asks the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to work cooperatively with us in our efforts to help U.S. citizens,” Secretary Kerry asked in an Aug. 29 press release, to “return to … [Read more...]

China one-child policy denounced as violating women’s rights

Washington D.C., Aug 31, 2013 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As stories of forced abortions continue to surface in China, a women’s rights activist is arguing that the nation’s one-child policy has widespread negative effects on the society, particularly its women.Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, told CNA that the one-child policy “is enforced through forced abortion, up to the ninth month of pregnancy. It is also enforced through forced … [Read more...]

Pope Francis names Italian archbishop to top Vatican post

Vatican City, Aug 31, 2013 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made a key appointment at the Vatican today, naming 58-year-old Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin as his new Secretary of State.“It is with trepidation that I place myself in this new service to the Gospel, to the Church and to Pope Francis,” said Archbishop Parolin in an Aug. 31 statement, which was released by the Holy See Press Office along with the news of his appointment.For the last four years, … [Read more...]

Catholic Voices USA names Boston media leader as new head

Boston, Mass., Aug 31, 2013 / 06:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The communications training group Catholic Voices USA has named as its next executive director Scot Landry, a leading media official with the Archdiocese of Boston. “I am very excited for the opportunity to lead the Catholic Voices apostolate and to continue to participate in the Church's New Evangelization efforts,” Landry said in an interview published Aug. 30 in the Boston archdiocese’s newspaper The Boston … [Read more...]

US weighs military action in Syria as bishops call for dialogue

Washington D.C., Aug 30, 2013 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Top U.S. officials say they are still considering a “narrow” military response to the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria, as a representative of the U.S. bishops urges negotiations aimed at peace.“We will continue talking to the Congress, talking to our allies and, most importantly, talking to the American people,” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in an Aug. 30 address.While the option of a … [Read more...]


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