Monthly Archives: January 2015

Bishop urges youth of India to work for tolerance amid increase in violence

Bellary, India, Jan 31, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement, Bishop Hendry D’Souza of Bellary, has raised his voice about the necessity of religious tolerance and interreligious dialouge in India.

“Social amity should not be the responsibility of the government alone, rather all citizens of the country have a bounden duty to consciously stand for such fundamental rights and ensure all communities enjoy them without discrimination, especially the minorities and weaker sections,” Bishop D’Souza told CNA Jan. 29.

He was reflecting on US president Barack Obama’s address to the people of India, …read more



Humanity cannot exist without farmers, says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told farmers on Saturday that in a world marked by wastefulness and extreme climate change, they have the important vocation of caring for the earth and providing for all of humanity.

“Care for the earth, making alliance with it, in order that it may continue to be, as God wants, the source of life for the entire human family,” the Pope said.

The Holy Father’s remarks were made in the Clementine Hall of the Papal Palace during a Jan. 31 audience with members of Italy’s National Federation …read more



Archbishops Chaput, Gomez confirmed participants in Synod on the Family

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2015 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has confirmed the participation of 48 delegates chosen by bishops’ conferences to take part in this year’s Synod on the Family.

Included on the list are all those elected by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, the US’ largest archdiocese, and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, where the upcoming World Meeting of Families will be held, will be among those taking part in October’s gathering, according to the Vatican document.

Other US delegates included are Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville …read more



Church in Italy fights against imposition of gender ideology in schools

Rome, Italy, Jan 31, 2015 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The general secretary of the Italian bishops conference stressed on Friday that the attempt to introduce textbooks into the nation’s schools that present gender theory as a fact are an effort to turn biological data upside down.

Bishop Nunzio Galantino of Cassano all’Jonio, general secretary of the Italian bishops conference, spoke following a meeting of the Italian Bishops Permanent Council, which took place Jan. 26-28.

On the bishops’ agenda were new regulations for church buildings and the theme for the general assembly to be held in May, as well …read more



Romans 15:5-11

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it …read more



How one Catholic school takes a hammer to the cycle of poverty

Washington D.C., Jan 30, 2015 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During Catholic Schools Week, the president of a small school in Washington, D.C. explained its humble origins, extraordinary mission, and its hopes for the future.

“We intentionally seek out kids who can’t afford to go here and who are at risk,” Don Mullikin told CNA. He chairs the board of San Miguel School in Northwest Washington, D.C., a middle school catering exclusively to low-income immigrant families.

“When it comes to Pope Francis, his message is simple and clear, and it’s what we do: helping others who are more needy than …read more