War ruins God’s creative work, Pope says

Redipuglia, Italy, Sep 13, 2014 / 08:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned against the destructive indifference towards our brothers and sisters that arises from ideologies of war during a Mass celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 13 for the victims of all wars.“Whereas God carries forward the work of creation and we men and women are called to participate in his work, war destroys. It also ruins the most beautiful work of his hands: human beings. War ruins everything, even the bonds … [Read more...]

Report: Boko Haram threatens regional capital in Nigeria

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Sep 13, 2014 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The militant Islamic group Boko Haram has surrounded Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, according to local leaders who charge that the national government is not doing enough to combat the group. “The insurgents have rendered impassable almost all the roads leading to Maiduguri,” the Boko Elders Forum said. The forum also said that the insurgents intend to attack the city “from all directions,” the BBC … [Read more...]

Being married by Pope Francis is a dream come true, couple says

Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2014 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian couple to be married over the weekend by Pope Francis say they could not wish for anything more than to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony from the pontiff who has influenced their lives so greatly. “Getting married by Pope Francis and marrying the man of my life is the apex of everything I could want,” said Laura Carpuso, a Catholic woman in the Diocese of Rome who will tie the knot with fiancé Marco Purcaro … [Read more...]

Sts John XXIII, John Paul II added to General Roman Calendar

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2014 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Congregation for Divine Worship on Thursday added Saints John XXIII and John Paul II to the universal calendar of the modern Roman rite, with both their feasts observed during October. According to the Sept. 11 issue of the Vatican weekly L'Osservatore Romano, the decree naming the saints’ new feast days was issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments following requests to do so from … [Read more...]

Mo. lawmakers override governor’s veto to pass pro-life measures

St. Louis, Mo., Sep 12, 2014 / 03:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Missouri legislature has overridden two vetoes from Gov. Jay Nixon in order to implement a three-day waiting period before an abortion and a tax credit for pregnancy centers and maternity homes. Karen Nolkemper, executive director of the Respect Life Apostolate for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, said the votes for the two bills are “a public affirmation that all life matters, even that of the most vulnerable among … [Read more...]

Catholics in America will – and do – suffer for ‘swimming against the tide’

Chicago, Ill., Sep 12, 2014 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Faithful Catholics will face increasing difficulties in American society as public life becomes more dominated by another “religion” that marginalizes the Church and imposes its own morality, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has written. “Swimming against the tide means limiting one’s access to positions of prestige and power in society,” Cardinal George wrote in his Sept. 7 column for Catholic New World, … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI poses for first selfies

Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2014 / 10:45 am (CNA).- The first “selfie” of retired pontiff Benedict XVI is making the rounds on social networks. Ecco il primo #selfie in assoluto del #Papa Emerito #BenedettoXVI, in compagnia di Giuseppe Ricciardi di Aversa. pic.twitter.com/ejZFJcXjnW — Gianluca Barile (@GianlucaBarile1) September 11, 2014The photo was shared by Gianluca Barile on his Twitter account Sept. 11 and is the first known selfie in which the retired Pontiff has … [Read more...]