Pope’s historic prayer deeply moves Jerusalem bishop

Jerusalem, Israel, May 30, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The auxiliary bishop of Jerusalem described the recent prayer shared between Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I as a moving event, predicting future blessings from the encounter. “Really, it was moving. It was very moving and emotional,” Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem told CNA May 25, explaining that he had never witnessed anything like it before. “The humility of the Pope, the friendship which was … [Read more...]

Filipinos from Holy Land voice excitement for Pope’s visit

Vatican City, May 30, 2014 / 01:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A small Filipino community in Israel has expressed their joy that Pope Francis will travel to their country next January, stating they hope his presence will bring peace and heal divisions. “We are blessed that he will go to our place. We are so happy, absolutely blessed,” Mercy Agosta told CNA May 25, adding that “It’s also a blessing for us because for Filipinos it’s hard to go to … [Read more...]

Legal challenge to abortion drug mandate draws allies

Washington D.C., May 30, 2014 / 01:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Foes of federal rules requiring free insurance coverage of abortion-causing drugs and devices have filed legal briefs in support of a lawsuit representing dozens of Southern Baptist and other Christian organizations. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. and other Southern Baptist leaders said in an amicus brief that the HHS mandate “imposes a substantial burden” on the free exercise of … [Read more...]

US bishop: Broken laws – not immigrants – must change

Washington D.C., May 29, 2014 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The desperation of many immigrants who have no choice but to break existing U.S. laws shows the need for comprehensive immigration reform, said the head of the U.S. bishops’ migration efforts. Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Migration, told CNA that while some migrants break U.S. immigration laws to enter and work in the country, their worth as “my … [Read more...]

Palestinian, Israeli leaders to pray with Pope at Vatican June 8

Vatican City, May 29, 2014 / 01:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An encounter among Pope Francis, the Palestinian president, and the Israeli president at the Vatican to pray for peace in the Holy Land has been set for June 8, the Holy See has announced. “The encounter to pray for peace, to which the Holy Father Francis has invited the president of Israel, Shimon Peres, and of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, will take place Sunday, June 8, in the afternoon, at the Vatican,” the Holy See press … [Read more...]

Report calls for action amid Planned Parenthood ‘abuses, law-breaking’

Washington D.C., May 29, 2014 / 01:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Releasing a report detailing six years of undercover investigations at Planned Parenthood, a pro-life group has called for a formal investigation and an end to taxpayer funding of the organization. “When I first began to go undercover in these facilities in 2007, I thought I would find illegal and harmful activity,” said Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action. “But even I had no idea of the huge, … [Read more...]

Spanish news now included in CNA’s editor service

Denver, Colo., May 29, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA).- To better serve the growing Latino presence in the U.S., Catholic News Agency has expanded its free Access for Editors service to include breaking news on the Universal Church in Spanish. “We're thrilled to announce this service,” said CNA editor-in-chief Marianne Medlin. “The Latino community brings an irreplaceable richness and vitality to the Church nationwide.” “As a young generation of Hispanic leaders … [Read more...]