Latin patriarch dedicates church at Magdala Center

Jerusalem, Israel, Jun 4, 2014 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has consecrated a church at the inauguration of the Magdala Center, an archaeological park in Mary Magdalene’s hometown that contains a first century synagogue where Jesus Christ may have preached. “I hope that, for the thousands of pilgrims who visit this place, it will be an opportunity to experience God made man who walked in these lands,” Patriarch Twal said May 28 at the … [Read more...]

Bishop: Preserving marriage is integral part of civic responsibility

Arlington, Va., Jun 4, 2014 / 12:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to continuing efforts to redefine marriage, Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, Va., urged action to protect the union of man and woman that forms a basis for society and children.  “We know that traditional marriage bolsters society and is best for children. The social science is clear that children do best when raised by a mother and father in a stable marriage,” Bishop Loverde said, emphasizing that … [Read more...]

Arvo Part enthralls audiences as music blends ancient, modern

Washington D.C., Jun 4, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A delicate veil of voices floats on the air at the Kennedy Center, filling the packed concert hall with the captivating music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. His pieces carry the listeners along at the venue in Washington, D.C., entering into the depths of Adam's lament following man's fall from grace; sinking down in heavy reverence before Christ the King; and floating away as a choir of voices proclaims "Sanctus, … [Read more...]

Two Indians among those approved for canonization

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2014 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has called an ordinary public consistory to set the canonization date for six Blesseds, including Fr. Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal of the Sacred Heart from India. Slated to take place June 12, the consistory was announced May 30 and will gather together the College of Cardinals along with Pope Francis in order to discuss the canonization date of the four Italians and two Indians whose causes have … [Read more...]

Gift of piety fosters fraternal solidarity, Pope observes

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2014 / 05:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the gift of piety, explaining that it is not just a superficial feeling, but rather a religious reality that leads us closer to God and to our neighbor. “In this sense, piety includes the ability of rejoicing with those who are cheerful and of crying with those who cry, of reaching out to those who are alone or anxious, to correct those who err, to console the afflicted, to … [Read more...]

UK bishop: Defeat relativism with ‘authentic humanism’

Portsmouth, England, Jun 4, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading bishop in the U.K. says that the modern, troubling view of humanity which stems from relativism is best countered by Christians living the Church's full vision of the human person.Bishop Philip Egan has led the Diocese of Portsmouth on England's south coast along the Channel since the autumn of 2012, and has distinguished himself for his consistent efforts at teaching his flock and for his care for … [Read more...]

Gay multi-millionaire activist funds Catholics United

Denver, Colo., Jun 4, 2014 / 02:44 am (CNA).- The Catholics United Education Fund, a Democrat-leaning advocacy group which began criticizing Church opposition to same-sex “marriage” in 2012, received most of its operational budget that year from a gay activist foundation run by influential multi-millionaire Tim Gill. “I would say it is very obvious that Mr. Gill does not agree with the Catholic Church and Her teachings on the issues of homosexuality and marriage,” … [Read more...]