Masses, Adoration held across US in reparation for Harvard event

Cambridge, Mass., May 12, 2014 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics across the U.S. and around the world are gathering to hold Eucharistic Adoration and Masses in reparation for the re-enactment of a satanic black mass being hosted Monday evening by a Harvard University student group. Despite the “great evil” of the sacrilegious ceremony, Harvard senior Aurora Griffin told CNA May 12, “there’s been some very good things coming out of the opposition to … [Read more...]

Harvard black mass raises questions about application of tolerance

Cambridge, Mass., May 12, 2014 / 01:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Harvard University’s acceptance of a satanic black mass re-enactment on campus raises larger questions of tolerance and whether it is being applied selectively, scholars say. “If there is a serious question to ask here, it concerns the limits of liberal toleration itself,” said Dr. C.C. Pecknold, theology professor at The Catholic University of America. “Far from facilitating mutual respect and reasoned … [Read more...]

Miami archbishop laments large-scale incarceration in US

Miami, Fla., May 12, 2014 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami has called for the reform of a “broken” justice system, recommending sentencing reform and better prisoner rehabilitation to address problems caused by mass incarceration. “Government rightly establishes laws to protect people and advance the common good. But, the human and financial costs of mass incarceration are undermining the common good and do little to protect the … [Read more...]

Harvard president: satanic mass ‘abhorrent’ but may proceed

Cambridge, Mass., May 12, 2014 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of Harvard said that a student group’s plans to hold a re-enactment of a satanic black mass are offensive, disrespectful and inflammatory, but will be allowed to proceed for the sake of free expression. “The 'black mass' had its historical origins as a means of denigrating the Catholic Church; it mocks a deeply sacred event in Catholicism, and is highly offensive to many in the Church and … [Read more...]

Holy Spirit is what keeps the Church going, Pope reflects

Vatican City, May 12, 2014 / 09:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis recalled the conversion of the first pagans to Christianity, explaining that the Holy Spirit brings us beyond our natural limits, and we should not block him with our own plans. “To use a word of St. John XXIII: it is the Holy Spirit that updates the Church: Really, he really updates it and keeps it going,” the Pope observed in his May 12 daily Mass. Addressing those present in the … [Read more...]

Couple leaves everything to begin pro-life movement in Romania

Vatican City, May 12, 2014 / 05:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Founders of the pro-life organization Life Nation were present in Rome for Italy’s recent March for Life, and spoke of their decision to return to their native Romania to fill the gap where a pro-life presence was lacking. “Romania has some of the highest abortion rates not just in Europe but in the world, and the pro-life movement is virtually nonexistent” Dan Calinescu told CNA May 3. However his wife, Julia, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis affirms Ethiopian, Eritrean bishops as model of unity

Vatican City, May 12, 2014 / 03:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing the bishops of the northeast African nations Ethiopia and Eritrea at their ad limina visit to Rome on May 9, Pope Francis thanked them for their witness to Christian unity. “Though you are from different countries and belong to different rites, each with its own particular richness, your mission in service of Christ and his Church is the same: to proclaim the Gospel and to build up the faithful in holiness, unity and … [Read more...]