Pope Francis: Our names are in the heart of God

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his mass on Thursday Pope Francis encouraged attendees to pray to God by praising him, saying that remembering the good he has done, particularly how he created us in love, helps us to know how. “Prayers of praise bring us this joy, (the joy of) being happy before the Lord. Let’s make a real effort to rediscover this!” the Pope said in his Oct. 16 homily. A starting point for this can be to remember how “God … [Read more...]

Marriage and family issues facing Catholics are not all universal

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Synod on the Family has provided an opportunity for people to bring up issues concerning marriage and family life facing Catholics around the world, but as one auditor has noted, not all of those issues are the same. Selim and Rita El Khoury, spouses who are coordinators of the Pastoral Office of Marriage and Family in the Maronite Patriarchate in Lebanon, had the opportunity to participate as auditors in the synod, and said that … [Read more...]

Secular institutes to explore evangelization in Far East

Seoul, South Korea, Oct 16, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The general assembly of secular institutes in Asia, being held later this month in South Korea, is committed to finding new ways to share in the continent's evangelization. The Asian Conference of Secular Institutes (ACSI) meeting will be held for the first time at the Notre Dame Education Centre in Seoul Oct. 24 – 26. “The delegates will reflect on the uniqueness of the charism of 'secular consecration,' … [Read more...]

Houston carries out ‘witch hunt’ on pastors opposing ‘bathroom bill’

Houston, Texas, Oct 16, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- City officials in Houston have filed a subpoena against local pastors over a lawsuit regarding a bill that would do away with sex-assigned restrooms. After citizens filed a lawsuit against the City of Houston for failing to accept petitions for the repeal of the controversial “bathroom bill” allowing members of each sex to use each other’s restrooms, the city has subpoenaed sermons and internal church communications … [Read more...]

No boundaries to prayer for nurse under Ebola quarantine

Dallas, Texas, Oct 15, 2014 / 05:10 pm (CNA).- Catholics in Texas are praying for the two nurses infected with Ebola, one of whom is a devout Catholic in communication with a priest. “It is with profound sadness that we learn of the two Dallas healthcare workers being treated for the Ebola virus after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, Nina Pham and Amber Joy Vinson,” Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas said Oct. 15. “We pray not only for their recovery, but also for their families … [Read more...]

Supreme Court halts parts of Texas abortion law, but it’s not over yet

Washington D.C., Oct 15, 2014 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Backers of a 2013 Texas law which strengthened health and safety requirements for the state's abortion clinics will continue to support the law as it winds through the court system, following a temporary block of some portions of the law. The Supreme Court temporarily blocked parts of the law on Tuesday, while the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals considers an appeal regarding the statute. A key part of the state law that was … [Read more...]

Bishops indicate swing towards rewrite of synod document

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2014 / 01:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the synod fathers' small groups continue to meet, it seems increasingly clear that the Synod of Bishops' concluding document, the 'relatio synodi', will be substantially different than the midterm relatio which was released Monday. The relatio synodi is called to mirror the concerns and proposals raised during the small group discussions this week, in which bishops have been grouped according to language. After the … [Read more...]