Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom

Denver, Colo., Jun 27, 2013 / 04:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of people in the Archdiocese of Denver attended a prayer rally for religious freedom on June 22, standing up for the right to serve God in their public and private lives.“We’re here as Christian Catholics, we want to unite together and represent Jesus Christ and everything that he taught us; to be free to love God, worship God and obey God,” local Maria Herrera told CNA.“Prayer in the Square: a Rally … [Read more...]

Cardinal bars dissident priest from speaking on Archdiocesan property

Boston, Mass., Jun 27, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Boston verified that an Austrian priest will not be allowed to speak on archdiocesan property during a stop on his U.S. speaking tour due to his dissenting views on Catholic teaching. “It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Boston, and the generally accepted practice in dioceses across the country, not to permit individuals to conduct speaking engagements in Catholic parishes or at Church events when those … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus announce record-breaking charitable giving

New Haven, Conn., Jun 27, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The results of the annual charitable giving survey shows that the Knights of Columbus completed more volunteer service hours and given more in donations than ever before in the organization's history. “Throughout its 131 years, the Knights of Columbus has always practiced charity as its first principle,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in a June 24 statement. During the 2012 calendar year, Knights of Columbus … [Read more...]

‘Gay marriage’ is not inevitable, analysts say

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2013 / 05:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on “gay marriage,” experts in law and sociology said they do not believe the national discussion on the matter is over.“Sociologically it’s huge” said Dr. Anne Hendershott on the Supreme Court’s decision, “but it doesn’t end the debate.”Hendershott is a leading Catholic sociologist from King’s College in New York City and a … [Read more...]

Family advocates say marriage ruling ignores children

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2013 / 03:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Supreme Court handed down its historic rulings on “gay marriage,” an array of family advocates are warning that the decisions could have long-lasting negative impacts on families and society.“The Supreme Court…neglected our most precious children who need a mother and a father united in marriage for healthy development,” William Owens, president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, said … [Read more...]

Pope Francis personally initiated Vatican bank commission

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA).- The appointment of a new Pontifical Commission to advise Pope Francis about the Institute for Religious Works, usually called the Vatican bank, was desired expressly by the Pope local sources say. This was “Pope Francis' personal choice. It strays from the usual dynamic through which these decisions are taken,” a Vatican official speaking under the condition of anonymity told CNA on June 26. The possibility of a reform, or even … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: all men are called to the joy of fatherhood

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2013 / 01:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Whether spiritual or physical, fatherhood is the calling of all men, Pope Francis said at his homily for daily Mass at the Saint Martha House in the Vatican. “All of us, to exist, to become complete, in order to be mature, we need to feel the joy of fatherhood: even those of us who are celibate,” taught the Bishop of Rome June 26. “Fatherhood is giving life to others, giving life…for us, it is pastoral … [Read more...]