Will youth inevitably support same-sex marriage? These activists say nope

Washington D.C., Apr 29, 2015 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Old and young, gay and straight, marriage defense advocates rallied outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, calling for the institution of marriage to be maintained. Doug Mainwaring was one of those standing up in defense of marriage as the union of a man and woman. He himself is an admitted former member of a same-sex union. “I have as much trouble with no-fault divorce as I have with same-sex … [Read more...]

Pope: Is the fear of failure causing young people to avoid marriage?

Vatican City, Apr 29, 2015 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the number of children raised in brokenness on the rise, young people view marriage as a path to failure – so Pope Francis says it’s time for Christians to restore faith in the family. “The most persuasive witness of the blessing of Christian marriage is the good life of Christian spouses, and the family,” the Pope said to some 60,000 people in Saint Peter's Square April 29. “There is no better way … [Read more...]

Pope’s encyclical could have huge weigh-in on climate change talks

Rome, Italy, Apr 29, 2015 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With experts and global leaders looking to Pope Francis as a moral compass, his upcoming encyclical on the environment could set a key ethical framework for discussion and policies surrounding the topic. “We look to Pope Francis as a great moral leader for all humanity, all people here from every walk of life and every religion. His encyclical will make a huge difference. It's being expected around the world with great … [Read more...]

Cuban bishop says news of papal visit brings ‘hope to our hearts’

Havana, Cuba, Apr 29, 2015 / 09:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The announcement of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Cuba has brought tremendous joy and hope to the people of the island nation, said a local bishop. “The first word that comes to mind is ‘joy.’ It’s a gift from God, who never ceases to surprise us,” said Bishop Wilfredo Pino of Guantanamo-Baracoa. In a statement to CNA, the prelate observed, “It’s true that God does not give us … [Read more...]

Pope Francis donates $100,000 to Nepal relief efforts

Vatican City, Apr 29, 2015 / 07:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After Saturday’s massive earthquake devastated the Southeast Asian country of Nepal, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum has offered financial assistance to the local community as a sign of solidarity. In an April 28 communique, it was emphasized that the donation is “a first and immediate concrete expression of spiritual closeness and paternal encouragement for the people and the affected areas” on behalf of the … [Read more...]

Baltimore archbishop: With God, a broken city can heal

Baltimore, Md., Apr 29, 2015 / 02:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After both peaceful protests and violent riots following the death of an African American man in the custody of the Baltimore police, the local archbishop appealed to prayer and truth as means of healing and restoring human dignity. “May we pray together that God will grace us with his presence always, so that our broken city can once again be made whole, and that our minds and our hearts will be open to peace and God’s … [Read more...]

Local bishop describes ‘a very, very frightening scene’ in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal, Apr 28, 2015 / 04:05 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Nepal’s bishop has given a graphic account of the country’s catastrophic April 25 earthquake, describing how he was lucky to survive. In a message to international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Paul Simick, the Vicar Apostolic of Nepal, said he “saw houses falling like a pack of cards,” and that people “were running in all directions to save their … [Read more...]