The Middle East: A deficiency of love, says Lebanese speaker

Boulder, Colo., Sep 23, 2014 / 04:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Beneath the complex and violent situation in the Middle East lies a deficiency of love, said Lebanese-born Christian André Houssney at a recent talk in Boulder, Colo. “This is a family story. The story of the Middle East is a story of the family of Abraham. The people of the Middle East, whether Jews, Christians, or Muslims, trace their history spiritually, and sometimes genetically, back to Abraham,” Houssney noted, … [Read more...]

‘You are not alone’: Social media campaign supports persecuted Christians

Rome, Italy, Sep 23, 2014 / 03:26 pm (CNA).- Thousands of believers have come together to offer support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, inspired by the words of Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the personal envoy of Pope Francis to Iraq. In an interview with CNA, Mauricio Artieda, the director of Catholic-Link, discussed the “20 Days for Peace” campaign, which Catholic-Link launched to urge people to pray for the difficult situation faced by Christians in Iraq and … [Read more...]

‘Pope’s mailmen’ deliver dreams of 70,000 students to the Vatican

Rome, Italy, Sep 23, 2014 / 11:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nicknamed “the Pope’s mailmen,” a group of five Argentinean fathers traveled on bicycle from Buenos Aires to the Vatican to deliver letters from 70,000 students to the Holy Father. Juanjo Vargas, Manuel Fernandez, Rodolfo Deccico, Santiago Fernandez and Pablo Pascual arrived in Rome on Sept. 18, after bicycling across Argentina, Spain, France and Italy, covering more than 3100 kilometers. The men are part of the … [Read more...]

Don’t overcomplicate the Christian life, Pope Francis warns

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2014 / 04:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis resumed daily Mass Tuesday after his papal visit to Albania, telling those present that living the Christian life is simple: listen to God's word and put it into practice. “These are the two conditions in order to follow Jesus, hear the word of God and put it into practice. This is the Christian life, nothing more,” the Pope said Sept. 23 at the Saint Martha residence.   “Simple, easy. Maybe … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke: Media hijacking Synod on the Family

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Next month's Synod on the Family has undergone an attempted hijacking by some media sources, which are fueling expectations that impossible changes will be made to Church doctrine, said the head of the Church's highest court. “I don’t think you have to be brilliant to see that the media has, for months, been trying to hijack this Synod,” said Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect for the Supreme Tribunal of the … [Read more...]

Vatican marriage commission could drop mandatory appeal for annulments

Detroit, Mich., Sep 23, 2014 / 02:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After it was announced that Pope Francis had appointed a commission to study a reform of the process of marriage annulment, a canonist in the U.S. has suggested that dropping the requirement for mandatory appeals could preserve justice in the process. “Mandatory appeal” is the requirement that to have a supposed marriage recognized as in fact null, when one tribunal finds it to be null, the case must be sent to an appeals … [Read more...]

Criticism of abortion funding in health care law spans party lines

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2014 / 12:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life Republicans and Democrats alike have voiced condemnation for the findings of a recent report showing that federal subsidies are funding abortion coverage in the Affordable Care Act. “All of this is completely unacceptable,” stated Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. “Now we see that provisions that were included in the law in regard to taxpayer funding of … [Read more...]