Pope Francis prays for peace during Angelus

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2014 / 07:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis prayed for peace in the Holy Land on Sunday, asking participants to join him in a moment of silent prayer. “I extend a heartfelt appeal to all of you to continue to pray earnestly for peace in the Holy Land, in light of the tragic events of recent days,” the Roman Pontiff said after his July 13 weekly Angelus address. Recalling the June 8 invocation for peace with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents, the … [Read more...]

Vatican media committee appointed to bring Church into digital era

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The appointment of a committee to propose reforms for the Vatican media raises expectations for a substantial renewal of the Vatican media branch, bringing it ever more toward the digital age. The 11 people appointed for the committee are entrusted with drafting a reform plan within the next months, with the goal of adapting Holy See media to changing media consumption trends, enhancing coordination, and achieving substantial financial … [Read more...]

US House reapproves religious freedom commission

Washington D.C., Jul 12, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Tuesday, with commission supporters urging more attention to religious persecution. “Given the state of religious freedom abroad today, the sobering reality is that the commission’s voice is as needed as it has ever been,” U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said in a July 8 statement. He said that the … [Read more...]

Engage world with Catholic principles, author says

Denver, Colo., Jul 12, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA).- Catholic involvement in civic life is necessary to defend human dignity and move society in a positive direction, says the author of a new book on Catholics principles in public life. “If we want a free, just and virtuous society that upholds the common good and the dignity of all human beings, then we have to be involved in shaping moral social policy. That takes being involved in the political process,” Sheila Liaugminas told … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby ruling aids Michigan woman’s lawsuit

Ann Arbor, Mich., Jul 11, 2014 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the Hobby Lobby decision upholding religious freedom, a woman business owner has secured a court injunction against the HHS mandate requiring coverage for contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. Karen Mersino, who co-owns Mersino Management Company with her husband in Michigan, welcomed the ruling. “It’s a real win for religious freedom,” she said July 10. The July 9 injunction from the U.S. Court of … [Read more...]

Catholics in Holy Land pray for peace, reconciliation

Jerusalem, Israel, Jul 11, 2014 / 02:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Under the back and forth of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rockets, concerned Catholic migrants from India are praying for peace in the Holy Land. “So far, the migrants are safe and no casualties have been reported,” Fr. Tojy Jose, OFM, head of the Indian Chaplaincy in the Holy Land, told CNA July 11. “Migrants and tourists are apprehensive about the current situation, especially the newly arrived ones: for them … [Read more...]

Archbishop: government frustrates pastoral care for child migrants

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 11, 2014 / 02:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. authorities are working poorly with Catholic efforts to provide pastoral care to underage immigrants detained near Los Angeles, the city's archbishop, Jose Gomez, wrote on Thursday. “Our Church has been trying to respond to this situation in a spirit of cooperation and generosity,” Archbishop Gomez said in his July 10 column at The Tidings. “So far, it has been frustrating trying to find ways to work … [Read more...]