Appeal for solidarity marks Jordan’s role in Middle East dialogue

Amman, Jordan, May 17, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An appeal issued jointly Wednesday by Vatican and Jordanian officials marks the nations’ friendship and common commitment to foster peace and dialogue in the Middle East. Following a May 13-14 meeting in Amman on “Meeting Current Challenges through Education,” the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Jordan’s Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies issued an appeal for solidarity on the eve of Pope … [Read more...]

Death sentence for Christian in Sudan draws global criticism

Khartoum, Sudan, May 16, 2014 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A pregnant woman who was raised as a Christian has been sentenced to execution by a Sudanese court that contends she has apostatized from Islam, drawing worldwide condemnation. “Mrs. Ibrahim’s willingness to stand-up for her faith – even in the face of death – is a true mark of uncommon courage and bravery,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said May 15. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, is recognized as Muslim under … [Read more...]

Venezuelan wins trip to Holy Land for Pope’s visit

Caracas, Venezuela, May 16, 2014 / 01:28 pm (CNA).- A 22-year-old Venezuelan man has won a contest held by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism to travel to the Holy Land for Pope Francis’ historic visit May 24-26. Gustavo Adolfo Franco Picaza of Maracaibo, Venezuela, made the winning video for a contest held via Instagram at #PopeinHolyLand. In a message to the organizers of the contest, Picaza said he would carry a special intention on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land: “To pray … [Read more...]

Heresies sprout from getting lost in ‘ideas,’ Pope warns

Vatican City, May 16, 2014 / 11:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis explained that it takes more than intellectual assent to truly get to know Jesus – we must also develop a personal relationship of joy through prayer and works. “Ideas by themselves do not lead anywhere and those who pursue the path of their own ideas end up in a labyrinth from where they can't get out again!” the Pope stated in his May 16 daily Mass. Addressing those present with … [Read more...]

Pope Francis postpones engagements due to cold

Vatican City, May 16, 2014 / 08:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See announced that Pope Francis’ activities today have been canceled due to a minor cold, and that his weekend visit to a Roman shrine is also postponed so he can rest before going to the Holy Land. In a brief statement given to journalists May 16, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi reassured that the Pope’s condition is not serious, and that he celebrated Mass this morning as always, but has taken the rest of … [Read more...]

Israeli parliament lauds John XXIII as example of unity

Vatican City, May 16, 2014 / 05:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an unprecedented session held earlier this week, members of the Israeli parliament praised St John XXIII for his efforts in improving Jewish-Christian relations, both before and during his pontificate. “John XXIII should serve as an example for all men of the need to bring together peoples of different races, faiths and beliefs,” former immigration and absorption minister Yair Tzeven voiced during the May 13 event, … [Read more...]

New book outlines non-religious view against ‘gay marriage’

Washington D.C., May 16, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Using non-religious arguments, a new book says that “gay marriage” is just the latest in a cultural trend of rationalized sexual misbehavior that is undermining society and suppressing those who object.“We have to stand up in the first place and tell the truth,” Robert Reilly, the author of “Making Gay Okay,” told CNA May 14. “People are getting rolled on this issue because they don’t … [Read more...]