Cardinals’ council focused on Pontifical Councils for laity, family

Vatican City, Jul 4, 2014 / 09:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday, the final day of the meeting of the Council of Cardinals, the group set their sights on the Pontifical Councils for the laity and the family, with a special mention of the potential inclusion of laity in those councils' tasks. According to Fr. Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office, the council of cardinals on July 4 “resumed its reflections on the dicasteries of the curia. The Pontifical Councils for laity … [Read more...]

New wave of violence takes on human face, priest in Israel says

Vatican City, Jul 4, 2014 / 08:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Latin Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem has decried the new eruption of violence in Israel and Palestine following the murder of 4 teens, stating that it can only be ended by humanizing the other side. “This cycle of violence is always hovering over us but this particular episode brings it home in a horrific way because suddenly it took on real humanity,” Fr. David Neuhaus, S.J., told CNA July 2 in reference to the recent … [Read more...]

Freedom demands vigilance, archbishop reminds Americans

Washington D.C., Jul 4, 2014 / 06:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This Fourth of July, Americans should reflect on the nation’s foundational principles and values, while realizing that freedom comes at a high price, said the U.S. Archbishop for the Military Services. “The Nation’s birthday beckons our rededication to what makes us a great country while reminding us we are indeed ‘one nation under God’,” reflected Archbishop Timothy P. … [Read more...]

Kansas City diocese questions legality, accuracy of abuse penalty

Kansas City, Mo., Jul 3, 2014 / 05:22 pm (CNA).- Attorneys for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph have questioned the legality of a $1 million abuse penalty against the diocese, criticizing “numerous factual inaccuracies” in an arbitrator’s ruling. A June 20 motion from the diocese asks the circuit court of Jackson County, Mo., to “vacate, modify or correct” arbitrator Hollis Hanover’s decision to award the money to the plaintiffs from a 2008 legal … [Read more...]

Call for religious exemption from ENDA draws diverse support

Washington D.C., Jul 3, 2014 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A diverse group of religious leaders – including some who worked on President Obama’s re-election campaign – are asking for a religious exemption to a controversial discrimination rule. “An executive order that does not include a religious exemption will significantly and substantively hamper the work of some religious organizations that are best equipped to serve in common purpose with the federal … [Read more...]

Video showing marriage of young man with cancer goes viral

Manila, Philippines, Jul 3, 2014 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- Millions of viewers around the world have watched a YouTube video showing the determination of a young man in the Philippines to marry the love of his life just hours before dying of terminal cancer. At the beginning of this year, Rowden and Leizel decided to marry. They planned on a July 8 wedding, but Rowden, age 29, was diagnosed with advanced cancer of the kidneys at the end of May. Learning that his cancer was terminal, … [Read more...]

Official logo, prayer for WYD Krakow 2016 announced

Krakow, Poland, Jul 3, 2014 / 11:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a press conference held earlier today in Krakow, Poland, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz presented the official logo and prayer for the 31st World Youth Day slated to take place there in 2016. Announced by Pope Francis during the closing Mass for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro last summer, the Krakow event is expected to draw millions, and follows the canonization of Polish Saint John Paul II earlier this spring. World Youth Day is … [Read more...]