Cardinal Kasper’s speech on marriage to be released as book

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Walter Kasper's Feb. 20 address on marriage to a group of cardinals, controversial for its comments on remarriage and Communion, is to be published as a book this week, he says. The booklet, title “Gospel of the Family,” will be released in Italian and German, will feature the text of his speech. It's 78 pages will include two additional texts from Cardinal Kasper, and will be sold at $12.50. In a March 10 … [Read more...]

Bishop Morlino: Pope Francis is a ‘son of the Church’

Madison, Wis., Mar 12, 2014 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison has said the public should not accept media distortions of Pope Francis, but should recognize him as “a son of the Church” trying bring people to Christ. “The mass media are trying to create a spirit of Pope Francis, just as they created a spirit of Vatican II,” he told the Wisconsin Street Journal Feb. 27. “Many Catholics fell for that the first time. I hope they won't … [Read more...]

Legislators ask for strengthening of military religious freedom

Washington D.C., Mar 11, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.S. senator and a congressman have urged the Secretary of Defense to reissue military rules to strengthen religious freedom protections for military service members who fear reprisals for their beliefs. “We share deep concerns about an evolving military environment increasingly hostile to religious practices, one in which service members fear that expressing their religious beliefs would be ground for disciplinary action or … [Read more...]

Global youth garner thanks for Pope on first anniversary

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mar 11, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of young people from around the world have launched a campaign called Grazie Francesco – Thank You Francis – to send the Pope messages marking the first year of his pontificate March 13. Thousands of messages from around the world in eight different languages can be read on the campaign's website, which was created by the Argentinian group Lindo Lio and inspired by last summer's World Youth Day … [Read more...]

Venezuela cardinal calls for peace amid escalating violence

Caracas, Venezuela, Mar 11, 2014 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino of Caracas again urged peace amid increasing conflict in Venezuela, where at least 20 people have been killed in student protests over the past several weeks. “We wish to reiterate our call to all the inhabitants of Caracas, regardless of their political sympathies, to live together in peace,” he said in a March 7 statement. Student protests began to spark across the nation's cities … [Read more...]

Vatican celebrates Pope’s anniversary with virtual book

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2014 / 08:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of the one year anniversary of Pope Francis’ election as Bishop of Rome, the Vatican website has published a special online book, compiled of various phrases he has spoken throughout the year. Entitled “Do we want to be holy? Yes or no?” the online publication can be found on the Vatican’s official website by clicking on one’s language of choice, after which a pop-up window appears with the … [Read more...]

Unburned letters of John Paul II reveal richness of Trinity

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2014 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The personal notes of JPII published by former secretary Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, which the pontiff asked to be burned, reveal the depth of the Blessed's keen knowledge of the mystery of the Trinity. Entitled “I am so much in God’s hands: Personal records 1962-2003,” the book was published by Krakow-based publisher Znak on Feb. 12, and contains 639 pages of meditations and some photos and scans of the pages from … [Read more...]