Two Indians among those approved for canonization

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2014 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has called an ordinary public consistory to set the canonization date for six Blesseds, including Fr. Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal of the Sacred Heart from India. Slated to take place June 12, the consistory was announced May 30 and will gather together the College of Cardinals along with Pope Francis in order to discuss the canonization date of the four Italians and two Indians whose causes have … [Read more...]

Gift of piety fosters fraternal solidarity, Pope observes

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2014 / 05:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the gift of piety, explaining that it is not just a superficial feeling, but rather a religious reality that leads us closer to God and to our neighbor. “In this sense, piety includes the ability of rejoicing with those who are cheerful and of crying with those who cry, of reaching out to those who are alone or anxious, to correct those who err, to console the afflicted, to … [Read more...]

UK bishop: Defeat relativism with ‘authentic humanism’

Portsmouth, England, Jun 4, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading bishop in the U.K. says that the modern, troubling view of humanity which stems from relativism is best countered by Christians living the Church's full vision of the human person.Bishop Philip Egan has led the Diocese of Portsmouth on England's south coast along the Channel since the autumn of 2012, and has distinguished himself for his consistent efforts at teaching his flock and for his care for … [Read more...]

Gay multi-millionaire activist funds Catholics United

Denver, Colo., Jun 4, 2014 / 02:44 am (CNA).- The Catholics United Education Fund, a Democrat-leaning advocacy group which began criticizing Church opposition to same-sex “marriage” in 2012, received most of its operational budget that year from a gay activist foundation run by influential multi-millionaire Tim Gill. “I would say it is very obvious that Mr. Gill does not agree with the Catholic Church and Her teachings on the issues of homosexuality and marriage,” … [Read more...]

UN may risk a ‘deficit of democracy’, nuncio says

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See’s envoy to the United Nations in Geneva has no doubt that the body is useful in the pursuit of the common good, but he also says it is important that law prevail over ideologies. The U.N. system “is very complex and sometimes muddled,” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said in a May 30 interview with CNA. This character, he added, “may present the risk of a deficit of democracy if experts replace states in … [Read more...]

Egyptian election gives hope to Christians, bishop says

Alexandria, Egypt, Jun 3, 2014 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Egypt's Roman Catholic bishop has welcomed the election of Abdel Fattah El Sisi as the country’s new president, saying his leadership will benefit both Christians and Muslims. “His election gives all Egyptians, Muslims and Christians, cause for hope,” Bishop Adel Zaky, Vicar Apostolic of Alexandria, told Aid to the Church in Need May 30. “His victory gives us Christians security and a perspective for … [Read more...]

LA archdiocese runs CNA news wire service exclusively

Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 3, 2014 / 05:32 pm (CNA).- The nation's largest archdiocese, Los Angeles, has chosen Catholic News Agency to provide U.S. and global news for its archdiocesan publications, “Vida Nueva” and “The Tidings.” “For an archdiocese as large as Los Angeles, we rely very heavily on a wire service that can provide for us reporting on national and international events,” editor-in-chief, J.D. Long-García told CNA. “We … [Read more...]