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...]

Satanic black mass ‘postponed indefinitely’ amid outcry

Cambridge, Mass., May 12, 2014 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A satanic black mass re-enactment being planned by a student group at Harvard University has been ‘postponed indefinitely’ and will not take place May 12. The news was announced by the school’s newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, just over an hour before the event was scheduled to occur May 12. Originally, the black mass re-enactment was to take place on campus, at a pub in the basement of Memorial Hall. The Harvard … [Read more...]

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...]