Pope says lamenting suffering is form of prayer

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2013 / 11:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said lamenting suffering is a form of prayer and is not a sin, during his daily morning Mass. “A priest I know once said to a woman who lamented to God about her misfortune, ‘but, madam, that is a form of prayer, go ahead with it,’” Pope Francis said in his June 5 homily. “To lament before God is not a sin,” he added. Pope Francis based his reflections on a reading from the third … [Read more...]

Pope stresses threats to human person on Environment Day

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2013 / 09:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said that it is urgent to focus on people and not just on nature on World Environment Day. “The human person is in danger, this is certain, the human person is in danger today, here is the urgency of human ecology!” exclaimed Pope Francis June 5 during his general audience. “We are called not only to respect the natural environment, but also to show respect for, and solidarity with, all the members of our … [Read more...]

Parents of kidnapped journalist grateful for Pope’s words

Houston, Texas, Jun 5, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The parents of kidnapped American journalist Austin Tice have appealed again for his release, voicing gratitude for Pope Francis' words on behalf of all abducted victims in the Syrian conflict. “It is a tremendous comfort to know the Holy Father is praying for the people of Syria, and that he has personally appealed to the humanity of kidnappers to release their victims,” Marc and Debra Tice of Houston, Texas told CNA … [Read more...]

Pope to Syrian Christians: you have ‘great task’ of remaining

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2013 / 05:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis vigorously appealed for peace in Syria and told the Christians there that they have “the great task” of remaining in their homeland despite the ongoing war. “These (communities) have the great task of continuing to offer a Christian presence in the place where they were born and it is our task to ensure that this witness remains there,” he said June 5. “The participation of the entire … [Read more...]

Jesuit priest appointed to lead US bishops’ doctrinal office

Washington D.C., Jun 5, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Peter Ryan, a Jesuit priest known for his defense of Church teaching, is slated to step up in August as the executive director of the U.S. Bishops' Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs. “Father Ryan's considerable expertise on bio-ethical issues is vital as contemporary society addresses moral challenges inherent in biotechnology, medical ethics and environmentalism,” said Msgr. Ronny Jenkins, general … [Read more...]

Advocate says fight to defend marriage in Illinois continues

Chicago, Ill., Jun 5, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Illinois Catholic leader says that the state's failure to advance a “gay marriage” bill is a significant victory for grassroots activism, but more action is needed to ensure it never passes. “We need to redouble our efforts to contact lawmakers and express opposition to that bill. Not only that, but we also need individuals contacting other people in districts,” said Robert Gilligan, executive director of … [Read more...]

Professor says religion, private life are public concerns

Washington D.C., Jun 4, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a talk at the nation's capital, a U.S. scholar argued that so-called private entities – such as the family, religion and interpersonal interactions – involve and are in fact the core of public society. “Religion itself is a rational insight into what it means to be human: what it means to to live in a particular place, to speak a particular language, to have particular family members, to be here and now,” … [Read more...]