Pope Francis: married couples are an icon of God’s love

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2014 / 04:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis closed his catechesis on the sacraments by reflecting on the vocation of marriage, noting that the marital couple is a unique example of divine love in the world. “Married couples carry out this vocation in a full and definitive communion of life. As ‘one flesh,’ they become living icons of God’s love in our world, building up the Church in unity and fidelity,” the … [Read more...]

Okla. Catholics speak up for voiceless with lawmakers

Oklahoma City, Okla., Apr 2, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent “Catholic Advocacy Day” gave laity in Oklahoma the opportunity to participate in the legislative process and to be “a voice for the voiceless,” the Oklahoma City archdiocese says. “The Gospel … does have implications for the here and now and we are called to live out our faith by advocating for the least of these, advocating for the most vulnerable,” said Tina Dzurisin, … [Read more...]

Australians mourn late bishop remembered for ecumenism

Townsville, Australia, Apr 2, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians, especially those in Australia, are mourning the death of Bishop Michael Putney, who was particularly committed to ecumenical dialogue. Bishop Putney was Bishop of Townsville, in the state of Queensland, from 2001 until his March 28 death. He had been living with stomach cancer for 18 months. “Bishop Michael had received many prayers during the past 15 months and believed that he had received a miracle which … [Read more...]

Methol Ferré: the philosopher who inspired Pope Francis

Vatican City, Apr 2, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “The Pope and the Philosopher,” a book-interview with Alberto Methol Ferré -- an Uruguayan philosopher who influenced Jorge Bergoglio -- has been recently reprinted in Spanish and Italian. “At the origin of Bergoglio's view of the world today there stands above all a philosopher. His name is Alberto Methol Ferré,” Vaticanista Sandro Magister wrote March 31 in L'Espresso. “An Uruguayan … [Read more...]

Court upholds strong Texas abortion regulations

New Orleans, La., Apr 1, 2014 / 06:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life advocates took encouragement from a federal appeals court’s decision upholding a Texas law that strengthened health and safety requirements for the state’s abortion clinics and barred late-term abortions. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised the court for “upholding this common sense measure to safeguard women from unscrupulous abortionists.” “It is an outrage that … [Read more...]

Fraternas: Living and serving with ‘the total security of God’

Los Angeles, Calif., Apr 1, 2014 / 05:09 pm (CNA).- At age 19, Maria Teresa Alva was already involved with the Christian Life Movement in her native Peru, when she met members of the Marian Community of Reconciliation, also known as “Fraternas” — laywomen who have consecrated themselves to God in order to serve others in the world.Founded in Peru by a consecrated layman in 1991, the Fraternas take on the commitments of obedience, celibacy and detachment from temporal goods … [Read more...]

Bishops say Mass at border fence to remember dead migrants

Tucson, Ariz., Apr 1, 2014 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of U.S. bishops visited the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday to say Mass in remembrance of migrants who died during their journey, calling attention to the humanitarian consequences of American immigration policy. "Human beings are dying on both sides of this wall," said Cardinal Séan O'Malley of Boston April 1. “We are judged by how we treat the most vulnerable among us,” he said during a news … [Read more...]