Pope lauds Mary’s meekness on feast of the Annunciation

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2014 / 09:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis emphasized that salvation is a gift from the Lord which we ought to receive with humility and obedience, just as Mary did. “In order to receive this salvation, we need a humble heart, a meek heart, an obedient heart. Like that of Mary,” the Pope affirmed in his March 25 daily Mass. Addressing those gathered in the Vatican’s Saint Martha … [Read more...]

Archbishop underscores beauty, joy of family life

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2014 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the official presentation of the upcoming World Day of Families in Rome, Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke of the importance of family life in society, and expressed his desire to strengthen it in the Church. “We in Pennsylvania are grateful to continue this great tradition of reaffirming the importance, the beauty, and the joy of Christian family life,” the archbishop expressed during a March 25 press conference announcing … [Read more...]

Chile’s ‘Day of the Unborn Child’ to recognize pregnant mothers

Santiago, Chile, Mar 25, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time this year in Chile, March 25 will officially be celebrated as the Day of the Unborn Child, recognizing the need to protect and care for expectant mothers and their children. As part of the celebration, the foundation Chile Unido and the Santiago subway system will hand out more than 3000 white roses to pregnant women, as a symbol of the purity of their unborn children. The purpose of the initiative is to honor … [Read more...]

Pope Francis gaining interest of American publishing houses

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2014 / 02:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ words are grabbing the attention of American publishing houses as well of the U.S. bishops’ conference communications office, according to the Vatican Publishing House. “I would say that Pope Francis grabs a lot of interest in the world of publishers,” Fr. Giuseppe Costa, director of Libreria Editrice Vaticana – Vatican Publishing House – told CNA March 4. Libreria Editrice Vaticana is … [Read more...]

Contraception disrupts ‘language of love,’ Bishop Conley teaches

Lincoln, Neb., Mar 24, 2014 / 08:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James Conley of Lincoln hopes his new pastoral letter on the sacrificial “language of love” and the disruptive immorality of contraception will be received “with open hearts and open minds.” “My hope is that people, Catholic couples especially, and also Catholic physicians and pharmacists, will be willing to look at this issue again,” he told CNA March 20. “The Language of Love” … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus wins prize for ethical business practices

New Haven, Conn., Mar 24, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus has been recognized as one of the world’s most ethical companies by a research center on best practices in corporate ethics and governance. “This really speaks to the fact that a company can be committed to Church teaching, committed to Catholic values, and still provide a top quality service and be very successful at what they do,” Andrew Walther, vice president … [Read more...]

Jesuit school’s dean finalists faulted for Planned Parenthood ties

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 24, 2014 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Professors and alumni of Loyola Marymount University have said the school should begin another search for candidates for the dean of its liberal arts college, after the two finalists were revealed to have links with Planned Parenthood. “I’m very concerned that both finalists for dean have associations with Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the United States,” Loyola Marymount University … [Read more...]