Harvard debate stresses meaning, purpose of marriage

Washington D.C., Feb 27, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the heart of the national debate on same-sex unions is a fundamental disagreement on the nature of marriage, said a participant in a recent discussion at Harvard Law School.Arguments in favor of redefining marriage are simply “wrong about what marriage is,” explained debater Sherif Girgis.He added that enshrining same-sex “marriage” in law “would be harmful for the common good, and in particular for … [Read more...]

Coalition of African-American Pastors joins March for Marriage

Washington D.C., Feb 27, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Civil Rights activist Reverend Bill Owens has joined with the National Organization for Marriage to promote and lead the March for Marriage occurring in Washington, D.C. next month. “Gay activists are wrong to claim the mantle of the civil rights movement in their push to redefine marriage for all – the most important civil right related to marriage is the right of every child to a mother and father,” said Rev. Owens … [Read more...]

Benedict’s faith encyclical could appear in different form

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI's anticipated encyclical on faith will not be released before his resignation but it may appear in another form, according to the head of the Holy See's press office. “It remains an awaited document, but one that we will not have in the way we expected, perhaps we will have it in a different way,” Father Federico Lombardi said at a Feb. 12 press meeting. The encyclical, he added, “will not … [Read more...]

Vatileaks not at center of Pope’s decision, priest states

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Irish theologian who is familiar with the life and thought of Pope Benedict XVI says his decision to resign was not because of Vatican difficulties. “The media keeps focusing on the Vatileaks as key element to his resignation, and I think that’s absolute nonsense,” said Jesuit Father Michael P. Gallagher, who came to Rome about 20 years ago to work for the Pontifical Council for Culture. “I’m sure he … [Read more...]

Young people across globe thank Pope in video

Madrid, Spain, Feb 26, 2013 / 12:08 pm (CNA).- A group of young people from Madrid have posted a two-minute video online with international messages thanking Pope Benedict XVI for his service to the Church.“We young people are with you,” the video emphasizes to the Pontiff, who will be retiring from his role as Pope at the end of February due to waning strength.Entitled, “For the 85 year-old young man,” the video has already gone viral, receiving more than … [Read more...]

Next Pope can still be ‘Pontifex’ on Twitter

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2013 / 10:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has dispelled claims that Pope Benedict XVI's “Pontifex” Twitter account will be shut down permanently, clarifying that it “will be available for use by the next Pope as he may wish.” Monsignor Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said Feb. 23 the Twitter account was created for the Pope’s “exclusive use.” In a statement published by … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict chooses his new wardrobe

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2013 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict has decided what he will wear once he is no longer Pope – a simple white cassock, and brown shoes given to him in Leon, Mexico. “The city of Leon is known for beautiful shoes, and very comfortable shoes. And when the Pope was asked what he wanted to wear he said, ‘I want the shoes from Leon in Mexico,’” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Feb. 26. “It will no … [Read more...]