Themes for upcoming World Youth Days announced

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2013 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Earlier today it was disclosed that Pope Francis has decided on the themes of the next three World Youth Days, which will mark a spiritual preparation for the international event to be held in Krakow in 2016.World Youth Day (WYD) is a gathering of youths from all over the world to meet with the Pope in order to build and strengthen the bonds of faith, friendship and hope, symbolizing the union between people of different cultures and … [Read more...]

Supreme Court case examines prayer at public meetings

Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A case before the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the ability of a town in New York to open meetings with prayer, and could have broader implications for religious identity in government settings.“Community members should have the freedom to pray without being censored,” said David Cortman, senior counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, which is defending the town of Greece, N.Y.“Opening meetings with prayer is a … [Read more...]

Pornography, liturgy among topics at upcoming bishops’ meeting

Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2013 / 02:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When bishops from across the country gather in Baltimore next week, they will consider issuing a formal statement on pornography and discuss a Spanish translation of Mass prayers, among other issues.The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will hold its annual fall General Assembly Nov. 11-14.The nation’s bishops will elect a new conference president, as Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York concludes his current presidency. … [Read more...]

Vatican bureaucracy can leave Popes uninformed, JPII secretary reveals

Rome, Italy, Nov 7, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At times, Blessed Pope John Paul II was not well informed by his associates, according to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, who for years was particular secretary to the former Pope.Cardinal Dziwisz recently released a book, “I Lived with a Saint,” published in Italian. It is co-written with Italian journalist Gianfranco Svidercoschi, a former vice-director of L’Osservatore Romano.It is a first-person narration of … [Read more...]

Grassroots effort could end late-term abortion in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, N.M., Nov 6, 2013 / 05:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A citizen-initiated ordinance to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy in Albuquerque, N.M., will receive a vote on Nov. 19 and could have a big impact on the abortion-friendly state.“This election is historic and has national implications, as it is the first time in our nation's history that the issue of abortion is on a stand-alone ballot for the citizens to decide,” said Elisa Martinez, executive director of … [Read more...]

Pope names Alice von Hildebrand to prestigious order

New York City, N.Y., Nov 6, 2013 / 04:48 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis has declared Catholic philosopher, author, and teacher Alice von Hildebrand a Dame Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory in recognition of her work.Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, formally invested her in the chivalric order Oct. 30 at a gala dinner in New York celebrating her 90th birthday.Cardinal Burke said that Pope Francis conferred the honor to recognize her “outstanding … [Read more...]

Pope Francis embraces man with tumorous disease

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2013 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- At the end of the Nov. 6 general audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis drew attention by warmly embracing a man who suffers from a rare disease causing neuronal tumors all over his body.The man was identified as suffering from neurofibromatosis, which causes great pain and can result in impaired vision, learning impairnment, and even cancer, according to non-profit research group Mayo Clinic. Treatment of the condition is very … [Read more...]