Pro-life advocates laud Ohio budget provisions

Columbus, Ohio, Jul 3, 2013 / 02:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ohio governor John Kasich signed a state budget on Sunday which local pro-life backers say is the “most pro-life in history.” “Ohio Right to Life applauds Governor Kasich and the vast pro-life majorities in the House and Senate,” Mike Gonidakis, the organization's president, said June 30. “Low-income pregnant women will now receive greater care and their unborn child will have a much greater … [Read more...]

Slain Syrian priest remembered at Mass in Rome

Rome, Italy, Jul 3, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA).- Father Francois Mourad, a monk killed last week in the ongoing violence in Syria, is being prayed for and remembered at a Mass in Rome on July 4.The Mass, to be said by Bishop Matteo M. Zuppi, an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rome, will also intercede for peace in Syria. Bishop Zuppi will say the Mass on Thursday evening at the parish of Saints Fabian and Venancio.After the Mass, Fr. Ibrahim Alsabagh, a Franciscan of the Custody of the Holy … [Read more...]

Faith groups unite to stress need for HHS mandate exemptions

Washington D.C., Jul 2, 2013 / 05:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 100 religious leaders from various faith backgrounds are asking the U.S. government to respect the beliefs of those who oppose the demands of the controversial HHS mandate.“As the Catholic bishops have said from the very beginning, the underlying issue with the HHS Mandate is not about any specific teaching,” stated Archbishop of Baltimore William E. Lori, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for … [Read more...]

Online video highlights Pope Francis’ vocational path

Rome, Italy, Jul 2, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- A new animated video in 15 different languages is helping Catholics and non-Catholics learn more about Pope Francis in a simple way.Entitled “Meet Pope Francis (in 4 minutes),” the video is posted on the website Catholic Link and recounts the Holy Father’s journey through the roles of priest, bishop, cardinal and Pope.It stresses his humility and simplicity, choosing to live in a small apartment, cooking his own meals and riding … [Read more...]

US bishops support nuclear disarmament, Middle East peace efforts

Washington D.C., Jul 2, 2013 / 12:13 pm (CNA).- In a letter to President Barack Obama, two leaders of the U.S. bishops voiced support for continued efforts towards nuclear disarmament, as well as peace between Israel and Palestine.“In Berlin, you recently reiterated a vision of a world without nuclear weapons, a vision that the Catholic Church has long supported,” wrote Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Bishop Robert E. Pates of Des Moines in a June 25 letter.Cardinal … [Read more...]

Take courage in your weakness, Pope Francis teaches

Vatican City, Jul 2, 2013 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily at daily Mass in the Vatican's Saint Martha House, Pope Francis said Christians must have the courage to flee from the temptation to sin by turning to the Lord when they are weak. “We are weak, but we must be courageous in our weakness. And often our courage must be expressed in escaping without looking back, so as not to fall into the trap of wicked nostalgia,” preached the Bishop of Rome July … [Read more...]

Courage conference to minister to those with same-sex attraction

Bridgeport, Conn., Jul 2, 2013 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Courage apostolate's upcoming annual conference seeks to strengthen the faith, and the confidence in Christ of Catholics who have same-sex attraction, helping them to live their call to chastity. “The Church finds herself in the unhappy situation of having to say ‘no’ to things she knows to be contrary to the human good,” Fr. Paul Check, director of Courage, told CNA July 1. “But whenever … [Read more...]


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