Brazilian diocese offers foreign language Masses during World Cup

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Jun 20, 2014 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Belo Horizonte – one of the 12 Brazilian cities hosting World Cup matches – has announced a program of multi-lingual Masses and cultural events for those attending the tournament. Under the theme “Play for Life,” the archdiocese will provide activities throughout the soccer tournament throughout its duration, from June 12 to July 13, it said in a statement released in Portuguese, … [Read more...]

Pope warns against false securities of wealth, vanity, power

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2014 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily at Friday's Mass, Pope Francis cautioned attendees not to place their security in false treasures which enslave and weigh us down, but rather in the treasures of heaven that lead to freedom. “Here is the message of Jesus: ‘if your treasure is in wealth, in vanity, in power, in pride, your heart will be chained there! Your heart will be enslaved by wealth, vanity, pride,” the Pope explained in his June … [Read more...]

Salesians back humane solutions for asylum seekers in Italy

Rome, Italy, Jun 20, 2014 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Salesian groups in Italy launched an initiative Friday to coordinate their activities for immigrants, many of whom are refugees, both in Italy and in their home countries. The June 20 launch date marks World Refugee Day, established in 2000, which is meant to raise awareness about refugees throughout the world. The initiative of the Salesians' International Volunteering for Development and Salesians for Social Issues to … [Read more...]

Archbishop Cordileone calls for a ‘civilization of truth and love’

Washington D.C., Jun 20, 2014 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Kicking off the “March for Marriage” on June 19, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco invoked the witness of the early Christians to call for families rooted in “truth and love.” “Let us, then, take our cue from the best our predecessors in faith have inspired, and not humanity’s frequent failings and sins,” the Archbishop addressed his audience in Washington, D.C. “Like … [Read more...]

Pope: problem of drug use is not solved by other drugs

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2014 / 08:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message for an international conference on enforcing drug laws, Pope Francis denounced the trend of offering addicts narcotics as a substitute for hard drugs, stating that it only worsens the problem. “Let me state this in the clearest terms possible: the problem of drug use is not solved with drugs! Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise” the Pope declared in his June 20 message … [Read more...]

Bosnian school seeks to strengthen interethnic relations

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2014 / 06:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic school founded in Sarajevo, Bosnia during the country’s recent war has made it their goal to teach children to embrace ethnic differences, without letting them hinder interpersonal relations. “During such terrible times the Catholic Church opened and established the St. Joseph Catholic School Center just to show, not by empty words and proclamations, that it’s possible to cherish your own identity and at the … [Read more...]

Ratzinger Prize honorees show intellectual vitality, cardinal says

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2014 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Camillo Ruini praised Tuesday the two winners of the 2014 Ratzinger Prize for their academic accomplishments and their commitment to the faith. At a June 17 press conference announcing the prizes, the vicar general emeritus of the Diocese of Rome, said scripture professor Anne-Marie Pelletier is a person of “great importance” in French Catholicism today, saying she “brings together an earned scientific prestige … [Read more...]