Indian diocese goes ‘green’ at intercultural festival

Miao, India, Nov 5, 2013 / 04:27 am (CNA).- The Diocese of Miao, located in far north-east India, is promoting stewardship of the environment by choosing to give saplings to guests at its events rather than the customary floral arrangements.“We have decided to offer a sapling to the chief guests of any of our programmes instead of flower bouquets,” Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao said, according to an Oct. 23 release from the diocese.The first instance of the Miao … [Read more...]

Defending marriage is critical for society, Bishop Conley warns

Lincoln, Neb., Nov 5, 2013 / 02:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Warning that a “fierce debate on the future of marriage” is coming to Nebraska, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln emphasized that same-sex unions are not civil rights and urged the state to recognize the unique role of the natural family.“Civil union proponents will work hard to shroud the question in the language of civil rights,” the bishop wrote in a Nov. 2 column for the Lincoln Journal Star. “But … [Read more...]

Pope: our strength, hope is in the mercy of God

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2013 / 12:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a special Mass honoring all of the bishops and cardinals who have died during the past year, Pope Francis emphasized that nothing can separate us from the love of our merciful God.“It is not by chance that Jesus wanted to preserve the wounds on his hands to make us feel his mercy. This is our strength and our hope!” the Pope said during his homily at a Nov. 4 Mass at the Altar of the Chair inside St. Peter’s … [Read more...]

Vatican study group examines human trafficking issues

Rome, Italy, Nov 4, 2013 / 06:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Experts from around the world gathered at the Vatican this weekend to investigate and discuss the growing practice of “modern slavery” in the form of human trafficking.The “preparatory workshop,” entitled “Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery,” was held Nov. 2-3.Called at the request of Pope Francis, the conference was jointly hosted by the Pontifical Academy for the Sciences and the World … [Read more...]

Video highlights seminarians, priestly vocations in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Calif., Nov 4, 2013 / 04:25 pm (CNA).- As seminary enrollments continue to rise, the Los Angeles archdiocese has released a vocational video titled “Follow Me: Journeys to Priesthood,” telling the stories of many seminarians discerning a call to priesthood.Fr. Steve Davoren, vocations director for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said the vocations office hopes that the video will move more young men to “begin an internal dialogue with God to help them discern a … [Read more...]

Vatican rejects claims of Pope ‘polling’ Catholics on marriage

Vatican City, Nov 4, 2013 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The director of the Holy See press office has clarified that Pope Francis has not presented a questionnaire to Catholics worldwide to consult on homosexual unions and divorced persons, as some news outlets have reported.This assertion, made by Italian daily il Fatto Quotidiano among others, is “not true” and in fact the basis is “only a document sent to bishops' conferences throughout the world by the secretary … [Read more...]

Catholic principal says Quebec rule prohibits teaching faith

Quebec City, Canada, Nov 4, 2013 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The province of Quebec is moving towards a “closed secularism” that will harm the ability to teach Catholicism in high schools, says a principal leading a legal challenge against regulations of religion classes.Paul Donovan, principal of Montreal’s Loyola High School, said he has no problem promoting pluralism in a province-mandated religion and ethics class, but he objects to provincial rules that bar … [Read more...]