NY cardinal: parade decision is matter of gay identity vs action

New York City, N.Y., Sep 19, 2014 / 02:14 am (CNA).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan has clarified his support for the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, while acknowledging some remaining concerns amid the controversy over the parade’s decision to include an LGBT advocacy group. “I share the hope of the organizers that the March 17 parade will be loyal to its proud heritage of celebrating Irish identity, culture, and contributions – all a beautiful part of Catholicism … [Read more...]

Crisis pregnancy center film praised at UN Women’s Guild screening

New York City, N.Y., Sep 19, 2014 / 12:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A film based on the true story of hope offered to a young woman in a crisis pregnancy received positive reviews after its screening at the United Nations in New York on Sept. 11. The screening of “Gimme Shelter” was sponsored by the U.N. Women's Guild, whose mission is to help children in need throughout the world. U.N. Ambassadors and their wives were invited to attend the screening. Long-standing member of the … [Read more...]

Spanish youth call on government to keep pro-life promises

Madrid, Spain, Sep 18, 2014 / 09:29 pm (CNA).- A pro-life youth organization in Spain is asking the government to move forward with its reform of the country’s abortion laws, saying young people will oppose the party if it does not keep it’s pro-life pledges. Alvaro Ortega, president of the pro-life youth group +Vida, warned Spanish president Mariano Rajoy that if his government does not keep its promise to reform the country’s abortion law in order to grant protection to … [Read more...]

San Diego bishop remembered for Christian example in life, death

San Diego, Calif., Sep 18, 2014 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- San Diego’s late Bishop Cirilo Flores was “a man of the Beatitudes” with a deep affection for the people of his diocese, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles said at the bishop’s Sept. 17 funeral Mass. “We thank God today for the life of our brother and friend, Bishop Cirilo. What a beautiful example he was for all of us,” Archbishop Gomez said in his homily at Saint Therese of Carmel Church in … [Read more...]

World Youth Day organizer named as next Sydney archbishop

Sydney, Australia, Sep 18, 2014 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named the next Archbishop of Sydney: Parramatta Bishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., a Sydney native and a lead organizer for the 2008 World Youth Day in Australia. “I’m very excited to be returning to the Archdiocese of Sydney and building on the strong foundations left by my predecessor Cardinal George Pell,” Archbishop-designate Fisher said Sept. 18. “Sydney is a vibrant, growing city with so … [Read more...]

Nigerian bishop says Boko Haram murdered 2,500 in his diocese

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Sep 18, 2014 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri has denounced the militant Islamist group Boko Haram for the murders of more than 2,500 faithful in his Nigerian diocese. Bishop Doeme is currently taking refuge in the Nigerian state of Adamawa, together with thousands of faithful, Fides news agency reports. The bishop denounced Boko Haram in an interview with the newspaper ThisDay. He said most of the refugees in his area escaped being … [Read more...]

Being honest about our sin ‘opens us to the Lord’s caress’

Vatican City, Sep 18, 2014 / 06:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At daily Mass, Pope Francis drew from the Gospel reading of the woman who washed Christ's feet with her tears – noting God's tender response to those who have the humility to acknowledge their sin.“...the ability to acknowledge our own sins, to acknowledge our misery, to acknowledge what we are and what we are capable of doing or have done is the very door that opens us to the Lord’s caress, His … [Read more...]