Church expert to help California priest’s canonization cause

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 9, 2014 / 12:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Supporters of the canonization cause of California priest Father Aloysius Ellacuria, C.M.F., have welcomed the help of prominent canon lawyer Dr. Andrea Ambrosi. Fr. Kevin Manion, a representative of the group The Friends of Father Aloysius, said Dec. 6 that the support from Ambrosi “confirms we are on the right track.” Ambrosi, who is based in Rome, has worked on the canonization causes of Blessed John Henry … [Read more...]

Christian baker files religious freedom appeal in marriage ruling

Denver, Colo., Jan 8, 2014 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Christian baker in Colorado is appealing a judge's ruling that he must violate his religious beliefs and bake a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony. “Jack simply exercised the long-cherished freedom to not speak by declining to promote a false view of marriage through his creative work,” explained lead counsel Nicolle Martin, who is allied with Alliance Defending Freedom. “It’s outrageous that the … [Read more...]

Islamism in Nigeria places Africa ‘at risk’, bishop says

Lagos, Nigeria, Jan 8, 2014 / 04:41 pm (CNA).- Christians in Nigeria face violence and persecution in their homeland as militant group Boko Haram uses inequality and instability in the country to advance its ideology, a bishop has warned. "Don’t sit by while Nigeria disintegrates," Bishop Hyacinth Egbebo, Vicar Apostolic of Bomadi, said in a Jan. 1 interview with the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.   If Boko Haram succeeds, the bishop continued, “the … [Read more...]

Drastic increase in murders of religious, missionaries in 2013

Rome, Italy, Jan 8, 2014 / 01:18 pm (CNA).- The Church throughout the world has expereince increased violence in the past year, according to a recent global report on the murders of priests, religious and lay faithful. Data published by the Fides news agency recorded 22 assassinations in 2013, up from 13 in 2012. Most of the victims were killed during robbery attempts, and in some cases the attacks were ferocious. Among the victims were 19 priests, one religious sister and two laymen … [Read more...]

Pope urges faithful to remember ‘glorious hope’ of Baptism

Vatican City, Jan 8, 2014 / 05:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of the sacrament of Baptism, highlighting how it is a gift which incorporates us into the body of Christ and impels us to evangelize. “Let us not forget the great gift we have received,” Pope Francis stated during his Jan. 8 general audience, “our baptism has changed us, given us a new and glorious hope, and empowered us to bring God’s … [Read more...]

Biblical baby names set to make a comeback in 2014

Denver, Colo., Jan 8, 2014 / 04:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A baby name website has predicted that more parents will be choosing traditional Biblical names for their children this year, a trend that one expert says is a sign of people's renewed hope in their faith. “Biblical names surging back into our culture is a great turn for the better. After many years, it shows that people are feeling stronger about their faith, and that they have hope once again,” Lucie Wisco, editor of … [Read more...]

Poll shows rise in belief that marriage is a religious institution

Trenton, N.J., Jan 8, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new survey shows an increase in likely U.S. voters who see marriage as a religious institution, with a majority now holding this view. Rasmussen Reports’ Dec. 22 national survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters found that a majority – 53 percent of respondents – said marriage is a religious institution. This is an increase from 48 percent in October. Another 40 percent saw marriage as a civil institution, down from 45 … [Read more...]