Presbyterian denomination’s ‘gay marriage’ votes draw criticism

Detroit, Mich., Jun 22, 2014 / 07:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s general assembly has voted to allow its ministers to perform “gay marriage” and to redefine marriage as a “commitment between two people,” drawing objections that it is moving away from Christian orthodoxy. “Only declining denominations reject historic Christian standards and in nearly every case that rejection reinforces the decline,” Mark Tooley of the … [Read more...]

Fraternity of Saint Peter celebrates life of slain Phoenix priest

Salina, Kan., Jun 21, 2014 / 09:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The twin steeples of Sacred Heart Catholic Church tower over the green summer cornfields just outside of Paxico, Kansas. Inside, a simple scripture verse painted on the walls of the sacristy surrounds the high altar.“Come to me, I will give you rest.”This peaceful country parish filled to over capacity on Friday, June 20, for the funeral of Fr. Kenneth Walker. Friends and family of the deceased were joined by … [Read more...]

Activists push for awareness of North Korea human rights abuses

Washington D.C., Jun 21, 2014 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a hearing before members of Congress, victims of North Korea’s human rights abuses and experts on the dictatorship’s harsh practices asked for support in bringing an end to the country’s harsh treatment of political dissenters. Rep. Chris Smith, chairman of the House subcommittee on global human rights, explained in a June 18 hearing that “in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, we see a state … [Read more...]

Pope slams mafia as ‘adorers of evil’

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2014 / 11:03 am (CNA).- In his homily at the Saturday evening anticipated Mass during his day trip to Italy’s Calabria region, Pope Francis denounced the dishonesty and violence perpetrated by members of the local mafia. “When adoration of the Lord is substituted by adoration of money, the road to sin opens to personal interest ... When one does not adore the Lord, one becomes an adorer of evil, like those who live by dishonesty and violence,” Pope … [Read more...]

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...]