Papuan bishop urges youth to follow Maria Goretti’s sanctity

Madang, Papua New Guinea, Jul 8, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a pilgrimage on Sunday, a bishop from Papua New Guinea encouraged the local youth to pursue holiness, following upon the model of St. Maria Goretti. “The forgiving attitude of St. Maria Goretti challenges the mentality and practice of 'payback',” Bishop Rochus Tatamai of Bereina said July 6 at a gathering of young people at Divine Word University in Madang. “The way the murder of the … [Read more...]

Supreme Court grants college injunction against HHS mandate

Washington D.C., Jul 8, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court granted an injunction to Wheaton College on Thursday, temporarily exempting the Christian college from federal mandates to provide insurance coverage for procedures violating its beliefs. “The Court rightly recognized that Wheaton’s religious community should be allowed to practice its faith free from crushing government fines,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious … [Read more...]

Church must remain free to serve, Fortnight for Freedom concludes

Washington D.C., Jul 7, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics must come together to protect the work of the Church's charities and services, said the U.S. bishops' president as the annual Fortnight for Freedom came to a close on Friday. “We must remain free to serve these most vulnerable of our sisters and brothers, without risk of government sanction,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville during a July 4 Mass said at the National Shrine of the Immaculate … [Read more...]

Pope Francis begs forgiveness from clergy abuse victims

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2014 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis, in his first Vatican meeting with sex abuse victims, asked forgiveness for the Church’s sins of omissions in sex abuse scandals and denounced sex abuse by clergy as “execrable acts.”   The meeting took place July 7 at the Pope’s Casa Santa Marta residence. Six sex abuse victims attended: three men and three women. Two were Irish, two were British and two were German.   They arrived in Rome … [Read more...]

Maria Goretti’s greatest witness is forgiveness, priest observes

Nettuno, Italy, Jul 7, 2014 / 06:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following St. Maria Goretti’s feast day, the rector of the basilica where her body resides stated that her willingness to forgive is her most prominent testimony, and that her virtue is an example for family life. Maria’s greatest witness is forgiveness, Fr. Giovanni Alberti told CNA July 7."Many people come saying I left to forgive, with the example of Maria Goretti. These people that are leaving, go with a great … [Read more...]

Okla. civic center defends black mass with sex offender

Oklahoma City, Okla., Jul 7, 2014 / 06:15 am (CNA).- A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall defended a black mass being planned there by a convicted sex offender, even though it might involve the desecration of an actual consecrated host. Jennifer Lindsey-McClintock, the music hall’s public information manager, said that she is not in a position to say “whether it is appropriate or not.” “That’s not for us to judge,” she told CNA … [Read more...]

Global Rosary Relay unites faithful in prayer for priests

Washington D.C., Jul 6, 2014 / 01:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics throughout the world joined together on June 27 to ask for Mary’s intercession in a 24-hour rosary initiative for World Priest Day. “Be assured that I will offer my praying of the Holy Rosary for the sanctification of priests,” wrote Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, announcing that he would participate in the day of prayer. “The sanctification of … [Read more...]