Supporters from around the US rally for marriage

Washington D.C., Jun 21, 2014 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Defenders of marriage from around the United States came to Washington, D.C. Thursday for the March for Marriage to support the institution as one between a man and a woman. “We’re here to affirm that marriage matters – it’s the foundation of society,” Jenn Do of Rockville, Md., who came to the March with her children, told CNA June 19. Do also said that she hoped her kids would learn from the march, … [Read more...]

God is a ‘master of reintegration,’ Pope assures prisoners

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2014 / 06:53 am (CNA).- In the first major meeting of his 12-hour pastoral visit to the Calabria region of southern Italy today, Pope Francis spoke to the inmates and staff of the district prison about the importance of re-integration, accomplished through both human and divine action. “A true and full reintegration of the person does not happen as the end of a solely human path. On this journey, the meeting with God also comes into it, the capacity to let … [Read more...]

Pope encourages priests to work in joy, brotherhood

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his one day his visit to Italian town Cassano all'Jonio, Pope Francis met with the priests of the diocese, speaking of the joy of the priesthood, but also of the dangers of an individualistic culture. “I would first of all like to share with you the joy of being priests. The ever new surprise of having been called by the Lord Jesus. Called to follow him, to be with him, to go to others bringing him, his word, his … [Read more...]

Marriage matters for society, says homilist at national Mass

Washington D.C., Jun 20, 2014 / 05:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Marriage, an institution between one man and one woman for the rearing of children, is designed by God and is the backbone of society, clergy proclaimed at Thursday's national Mass for Marriage. “Society didn’t create it: society cannot re-create it”said Msgr. Edward Filardi, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda, Md., of marriage in a June 19 homily for the Mass for Marriage. The Mass, … [Read more...]

On World Refugee Day, bishops implore U.S. to address Syria

Seattle, Wash., Jun 20, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration declared the refugee situation in Syria a “humanitarian disaster” and called on the U.S. to increase resettlement in a statement for World Refugee Day. “The Syrian refugee crisis in the Middle East has reached a point of humanitarian disaster,” stated Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, the auxiliary bishop of Seattle, on June 20. “Although the United … [Read more...]

Euthanasia case heads to French high court

Paris, France, Jun 20, 2014 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An official with France’s highest court has said that a minimally conscious, severely injured man should be denied food and hydration, countering prior rulings that doing so would violate his right to life. Remi Keller, public rapporteur with France’s Council of State, issued a recommendation that Vincent Lambert, 39, had no hope of recovery or enjoying a positive effect from the food or hydration that is keeping him … [Read more...]

Pope Francis decries persecution of Christians

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday lamented continued persecution against Christians and other religious believers, encouraging scholars and governments to defend religious liberty. “Nowadays, persecution against Christians is stronger than it was in the first centuries of the Church, and there are more Christian martyrs than in that time,” the Pope said June 20 in the Vatican's consistory hall will participants of the conference … [Read more...]