Syrian patriarch: aid needed to calm Christian flight

Damascus, Syria, Jan 29, 2014 / 06:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Syria’s leading Catholic bishop has said that humanitarian aid should be increased in and near Syria to help contain Christians’ flight from the war-torn region. “Of course, we cannot decide for ourselves what response our people should make, the suffering is so great,” Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch told Aid to the Church in Need Jan. 27. “But the real answer is to provide … [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby draws wide breadth of support in mandate case

Washington D.C., Jan 29, 2014 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of individuals and groups from a broad range of religious and political backgrounds have filed briefs supporting the owners of Hobby Lobby in their religious freedom case at the Supreme Court. “The breadth of support has been incredible,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing Hobby Lobby and its owners before the Supreme Court. “Where else do you … [Read more...]

Bishop sees movement away from ‘culture of death’ in Europe

Madrid, Spain, Jan 29, 2014 / 03:17 pm (CNA).- A series of recent pro-life and pro-marriage events show that Europe is reacting against the 'culture of death,' said Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla of Alcala de Henares in Spain. “Something is changing in Europe,” the bishop said in an article published in the Alpha and Omega Catholic weekly. He pointed to events including the recent March for Life in Paris and defense of marriage demonstrations reportedly drawing more than … [Read more...]

Ban on taxpayer abortion funding passes US House

Washington D.C., Jan 29, 2014 / 12:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 28 passed bipartisan legislation to further restrict federal abortion funding by a vote of 227-188. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), a co-sponsor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, praised its passage. “This commonsense, bipartisan legislation will protect American taxpayers from footing the bill for the barbaric practice of abortion, in turn helping to protect women’s … [Read more...]

‘Superpope’ artist acclaims Pope Francis as a true hero

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2014 / 10:02 am (CNA).- Artist Mauro Pallotta revealed that his viral depiction of Pope Francis as a superhero was done to portray how the pontiff uses his papal authority “for the good.” “I thought of representing this Pope, Francis, as a super hero of the Marvel (Heroes), simply because, according to me, he is one of the few people who, having a real power as a Pope, he uses it for the good like the superheroes of the American Marvel,” Pallotta … [Read more...]

Pope: confirmation gives us the strength to defend the faith

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2014 / 07:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis reflected on the sacrament of confirmation, explaining that it is intrinsically linked to our baptism, and that through it our relationship with the Church is fortified. “It unites us more firmly to Christ,” the Pope said in his Jan. 29 general audience, referring to the Sacrament of Confirmation, “it strengthens our relationship with the Church and it gives us a special strength … [Read more...]

Pakistani blasphemy law a threat to all religions, chairman says

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2014 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a special round-table meeting last week, various professionals gathered to raise awareness of Pakistan’s extension of the death-penalty for persons who commit crimes against the Koran. “The consequences of this legislation has been anger against Christians or any other religious believers,” Luca Volonté told CNA in a Jan. 21 interview, “there could be any assault against any normal idea of religious … [Read more...]