Don’t overturn social order, faith leaders urge Supreme Court before marriage case

Washington D.C., Jun 24, 2015 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Supreme Court will rule on same-sex marriage before the month’s end, over 50,000 Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Jewish leaders have united to stand up for marriage as between one man and one woman. “There are clear, distinctive doctrines and differences between us,” observed the pledge’s co-author, Deacon Keith Fournier of the Diocese of Richmond. “But we all stand together on the truth … [Read more...]

The one theologian you need to know about when reading Laudato Si’

Chicago, Ill., Jun 24, 2015 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With so many interpretations being presented for Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Fr. Robert Barron says only one theologian can give us the proper context for reading Laudato Si': Romano Guardini. “Whatever (the Holy Father’s) views on global warming, they are situated within the far greater context of a theology of nature that stands athwart the typically modern point of view,” Fr. Robert Barron wrote in his … [Read more...]

Synod on the Family’s working document sets the stage for spirited discussion

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- That the discussion at October's Synod on the Family is going to be a lively one is indicated by the fact that the most controversial paragraphs of the final report from last year's synod are included in the working document which was released Tuesday. At a June 23 press conference presenting the instrumentum laboris, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, noted that it is “based on the … [Read more...]

Pope to families: If you hide your problems, they’ll only get worse

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2015 / 06:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Family wounds that aren’t dealt with in a healthy and timely manner can have devastating effects on both spouses and children, Pope Francis has said, and encouraged wounded families to work toward healing without letting bitterness build up. “We know well that every family on occasion suffers moments when one family member offends another,” the Pope told pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square for his June 24 … [Read more...]

Transfixed by the face of Jesus: Pilgrims at the Shroud of Turin

Turin, Italy, Jun 24, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At this year's exposition of the Shroud of Turin, pilgrims reflected on looking upon what some believe to be Christ's own image – miraculously imprinted on a Jewish burial cloth 2,000 years ago. “I was transfixed looking at the face,” said Peter Taylor, a seminarian for the diocese of Middlesbrough, England in an interview with CNA. “I just couldn't tear my eyes away from the face of Christ. It was … [Read more...]

Thousands gather in Rome to support the family, oppose gender theory

Rome, Italy, Jun 24, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A pro-family demonstration drew hundreds of thousands of participants to Rome on Saturday, where the rally gathered those opposed to the introduction of gender ideology in Italian schools and to a bill which would expand the rights of those in civil unions. “We want to bear witness to the beauty of the family,” said Vincenzo and Sara, addressing the June 20 rally. “All of our children have been born of a mother and a … [Read more...]

Father Flanagan founded Boys Town. Will he be recognized as a saint?

Omaha, Neb., Jun 23, 2015 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The case for the sainthood of Servant of God Edward Flanagan, the priest who founded Nebraska’s famous Boys Town community for orphans and other boys, is now headed to Rome. “More than being just a humanitarian, he was a man driven by his love for Jesus Christ to care for children who were forgotten and abused,” said Omar Gutierrez of the Archdiocese of Omaha. “He is a great model for the priesthood and for what … [Read more...]