Walk for Life West Coast draws witness across generations

San Francisco, Calif., Jan 27, 2014 / 08:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This past Saturday the tenth annual Walk for Life West Coast drew people from across the nation and of all age groups, particularly young adults and college students, to a prayerful witness to the value of life.“We drove up yesterday, an eight hour drive, and we're here to support the movement to end abortion,  and to join with other Christians, and other people of faith – and people not of faith – … [Read more...]

Pope lauds ‘bravery’ of those anointed by God

Vatican City, Jan 27, 2014 / 06:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis reflected on the significance of the special anointing given to priests and bishops, emphasizing that it marks their role of service to the Church, which we should be grateful for. “Today, thinking about this anointing of David, it will do us good to think of our brave, holy, good, faithful bishops and priests, and pray for them. We are here today thanks to them,” the Pope stated in his Jan. 27 … [Read more...]

Pope, Hollande discuss positive role of religion in society

Vatican City, Jan 27, 2014 / 04:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Pope Francis’ meeting with French president Francois Hollande on Friday, the two discussed an array of topics concerning human dignity, centering the meeting on the role of religion in society. In a Jan. 24 statement released regarding the meeting earlier that morning, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi revealed that the “cordial” discussion primarily focused on “the contribution that religion makes to … [Read more...]

Manoppello’s Holy Face shrine sees uptick in US interest

Rome, Italy, Jan 26, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Shrine to the Holy Face of Christ tucked into Italy's Appennine mountains is starting to catch the attention of the world, particularly that of American Catholics.   “We have a lot of Italians, of course, and many Germans but now we're seeing more and more pilgrims from the U.S.,” said Sister Blandina Paschalis Schloemer, a Trappist nun and daily pilgrim that lives within eye-shot of the shrine.   The … [Read more...]

Don’t build fences around Gospel, Pope urges

Vatican City, Jan 26, 2014 / 09:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Angelus message delivered in Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis exhorted the crowds to proclaim their faith throughout the world.In today’s day and age, “we can be frightened and give into the temptation to build fences to be safer, more secure. But Jesus teaches us that the good news is not reserved for a part of humanity, and to communicate it to everyone,” said the Pope on Jan. 26.The Gospel message “is a … [Read more...]

Death penalty debate aims to give public voice to Church

Boulder, Colo., Jan 26, 2014 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought will host a debate at the University of Colorado next week on the use of the death penalty in the U.S., demonstrating the Church's desire for dialogue. “We're showing that the Church has something to say about the common good in society as a whole, and we really want to be a voice in that public debate,” Scott Powell, director of scriptural theology at St. Thomas Aquinas … [Read more...]

Scholars say abortion is a public, not private matter

Washington D.C., Jan 25, 2014 / 03:29 pm (CNA).- Scholars from a variety of fields challenged the notion of abortion as a private matter at a recent panel discussion, saying that the issue affects all of society rather than just a woman and her unborn child.Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life, said that the language surrounding the abortion debate – particularly the framing of the pro-life movement as engaging a “war on women” – “helps … [Read more...]