Speakers withdraw from Catholic event fearing LGBT controversy

Washington D.C., Jan 15, 2015 / 05:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Everyone must be free to proclaim their religious beliefs, a Catholic group has said after prominent speakers spurned its summit because of the group’s stance on homosexuality. “At its core, this issue is about the freedom of Legatus members — in fact all Catholics, and by extension people of any religion — to have the freedom to exercise their religious beliefs, which includes the ability to gather together … [Read more...]

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Goans celebrate the canonization of their compatriot St Joseph Vaz

Panjim, India, Jan 15, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bells pealed out at Catholic churches and chapels throughout the Archdiocese of Goa on Wednesday, calling the faithful to prayer and thanksgiving following the canonization of one of their own, St. Joseph Vaz. The Indian-born saint known as the “Apostle to Sri Lanka” was canonized at a Mass in Colombo by Pope Francis on Jan. 14. “The canonization is a sign of the maturity level attained by the Church in Goa to be … [Read more...]

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Attendee of Philippines WYD 1995 to concelebrate papal Mass

Manila, Philippines, Jan 15, 2015 / 03:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Marcello Pondoc attended the Philippines World Youth Day with St. John Paul II in 1995, and 20 years later will participate in Pope Francis’ visit as a concelebrating priest at Friday's papal Mass. “(The visit of Pope Francis) is a great blessing, just like the visit of St. John Paul II in 1995. That was for World Youth Day. I was there, and now I am very lucky to be one of the concelebrants of this Mass … [Read more...]

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Malawi’s Bishop Joseph Zuza dies in car accident

Mzuzu, Malawi, Jan 15, 2015 / 02:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Malawi are mourning the death of Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza of Mzuzu, who died in a car crash on Thursday at the age of 59. The communications secretary of the Malawi bishops conference, Fr. Andrew Kaufa, confirmed the death to CNA on Jan. 15. The bishop was driving himself along the Chikangawa-Nthungwa road, returning to Mzuzu, and his car rolled several times. He was rushed to the hospital in Mzuzu, where he … [Read more...]

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Gift from heaven? Pope receives unexpected visit from St. Therese of Lisieux

Aboard the papal plane, Jan 15, 2015 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his flight to the Philippines, Pope Francis thanked a French journalist who gave him an image of St. Therese, saying that instead of giving the usual rose when he asked for help, St. Therese came to him herself.“I have the habit of, when I don't know how things will go, to ask of St Therese the little child, St Therese of Jesus, to ask her if she takes a problem in hand, some thing, that she send me a … [Read more...]

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Full transcript of Pope’s interview in-flight to Manila

Aboard the papal plane, Jan 15, 2015 / 11:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to journalists aboard the Jan. 15 flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Pope Francis discussed his trip, his recent canonizations, the upcoming encyclical on ecology, and reasonable limits to freedom of expression. Below is a full transcript of the discussion between Pope Francis and journalist's during Thursday's flight: Fr. Lombardi: Holy Father, welcome and thanks for being here with us in … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez: OneLife LA event affirms life near Roe v. Wade anniversary

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 15, 2015 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Less than a week before the 42 anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States, Los Angeles will host its first large-scale pro-life event. The event, OneLife LA, is meant to be a family-friendly celebration of the beauty and dignity of every human life from conception to natural death. Beginning with a walk for life in downtown L.A., the event culminates with a gathering at Grand Park, where … [Read more...]

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