Imitate Mother Angelica’s faithfulness, EWTN head tells graduates

Steubenville, Ohio, May 13, 2014 / 01:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- EWTN head Michael Warsaw praised the life of Mother Angelica as an inspiring model of Christian faith, exhorting the 2014 graduating class of the Franciscan University of Steubenville to trust in God’s providence. “Though Mother Angelica endured great struggles and difficulties in founding EWTN, she bore all out of love for God,” Warsaw said at the university’s May 10 commencement. “To this day, her … [Read more...]

Canadian pro-life march shows growing movement

Quebec City, Canada, May 13, 2014 / 11:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Several thousand pro-life advocates rallied in Canada’s national capital May 8, seeking an end to abortion and giving witness to the growth of the pro-life movement across the country. “The March for Life was, once again, a huge success,” Matt Wojciechowski, a spokesman for the Campaign Life Coalition, told CNA. “We had thousands upon thousands of Canadians rallying for life and then marching through … [Read more...]

Pope warns against closed-mindedness of ‘intellectual aristocracy’

Vatican City, May 13, 2014 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass Pope Francis cautioned against those who seek to understand the faith only with the intellect, explaining this attitude closes one to the Holy Spirit and prevents him from acting in our lives. “You do not believe because you are not part of my sheep! You do not believe because you are not of the people of Israel. You have left the people. You are in intellectual aristocracy,” the Pope stated in his May 13 … [Read more...]

Pope’s trip to Holy Land a historic milestone, ambassador says

Vatican City, May 13, 2014 / 05:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a press briefing on Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the Holy Land, the Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See explained that the visit marks an important historical moment both spiritually and politically. “It will be another milestone of historical importance not only in the relations between Israel and the Holy See, but also between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people,” Dr. Zion Evrony observed in his May 13 … [Read more...]

Religious leaders can help counter Boko Haram, US bishops say

Washington D.C., May 13, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Denouncing the “heinous” kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria, the U.S. bishops have urged their government to partner with both Christians and Muslims in the country to counter Boko Haram. “Building unity among all Nigerians will help build peace and prosperity for all,” Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines told National Security Adviser Susan Rice in a May 9 letter. “I am encouraged that the United … [Read more...]

Bipartisan effort to support persecuted Christians launched

Washington D.C., May 13, 2014 / 02:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Over 200 Christian representatives from a variety of denominations have united in support of a bipartisan congressional initiative to support Christians facing persecution in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria. The “Pledge of Solidarity & Call to Action on behalf of Christians and other Small Religious Communities in Egypt, Iraq and Syria,” was launched May 7 by Reps. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.). The initiative … [Read more...]

Gossip is the plague of community life, Pope tells seminarians

Vatican City, May 13, 2014 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a meeting with all of Rome’s seminarians, Pope Francis spoke frankly of the challenges of community life, including the temptation to gossip and the importance of prayer. “Seminary life, that is, community life, is very important. Community life is not paradise: rather, it’s purgatory,” he admitted as nearly 6,000 seminarians and priests laughed and cheered in agreement. “Gossip is the plague of a … [Read more...]