Valentine effort promotes authentic love to college students

Princeton, N.J., Feb 13, 2014 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A nationwide campaign leading up to Valentine’s Day is encouraging college students to seek meaningful relationships and develop a healthy understanding of love and sexuality. Young men and women today truly “want a love story,” said Caitlin Seery, director of the Love and Fidelity Network. Surveys consistently show that “college men and women still aspire to get married someday, even if … [Read more...]

Pope warns against a weakened faith that leads to idolatry

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2014 / 11:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis encouraged all present to pursue God rather than their own passions, noting how the Old Testament figure Solomon “lost his faith” to idolatry despite being wise. “His heart was weakened, it was weakened and he lost faith. He lost faith. The wisest man in the world has left in order to pursue an indiscreet love, without discretion,” the Pope said Feb. 13. Addressing those … [Read more...]

Polish bishop: Vatican visit shows no division with Church, Pope

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2014 / 08:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent interview, Archbishop Stanislaw Budzik reflected on his ad limina visit to Rome last week, explaining that in the midst of a media crossfire, the Pope affirmed his support for the Church in Poland. "In our talks we told the Holy Father that he has good media coverage in Poland, but the Polish Catholic Church was criticized," Archbishop Budzik told CNA in a Feb. 8 interview, adding that "the Media said the … [Read more...]

Pope lauds fruitful dialogue between Jews, Catholics

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2014 / 05:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an encounter with the American Jewish Committee, Pope Francis highlighted the strong unity of Jews and Catholics, stating that their shared roots obligate them to work together in building a just society. “I am very grateful to you for the distinguished contribution you have made to dialogue and fraternity between Jews and Catholics, and I encourage you to continue on this path,” the Pope expressed during the Feb. 13 … [Read more...]

Put your faith first, Olympian encourages young Catholics

Denver, Colo., Feb 13, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Olympic cross-country skier Rebecca Dussault recently spoke to a large crowd of young adults in Denver, exhorting them to put their Catholic faith above everything else in life. “Be Catholic first and anything that flows from that is a rich bonus,” she said in Feb. 10 talk given at Katie Mullen's Irish Pub in downtown Denver as part of the archdiocese's Theology on Tap program. Because there are over a billion … [Read more...]

Priest lauds temporary halt of Washington death penalty

Olympia, Wash., Feb 13, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state has issued a moratorium or temporary prohibition on executions, drawing praise from a priest who has written against the death penalty. “This is a step in the right direction,” Monsignor Stuart Swetland told CNA Feb. 12. “The bishops of the United States...have said that there are no conditions under which the death penalty should be used.” “We hope for the banning of … [Read more...]

Nicaragua’s cardinal-designate a shepherd of the poor

Managua, Nicaragua, Feb 13, 2014 / 12:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Leopoldo Brenes Solorzano of Managua, who will be made a cardinal at the Feb. 22 consistory, is said to personify the image of a humble shepherd of “a Church that is poor and for the poor.” “At first I felt a nervousness, I was tempted to mourn … because I want to maintain always my origins, simple origins,” Archbishop Brenes said shortly after his appointment as a cardinal was announced … [Read more...]