Monthly Archives: May 2015

Are farming co-ops just a hipster trend? These Catholics beg to differ

San Francisco, Calif., May 31, 2015 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Anyone who’s familiar with “Portlandia” probably remembers Colin the chicken – a heritage-breed, woodland-raised foul who was fed a diet of sheep’s milk, soy and (local) hazelnuts and lived a happy life on a (local) 4-acre farm before succumbing to its fate on the plates of two insufferable hipsters.

While the comedy show, based in and around Portland, Ore., takes cultural mores to hilarious extremes, the chicken sketch points to a truth in current culture: more and more people are eating organic, local, non-GMO foods and prefer the …read more



On feast of the Holy Trinity, Church celebrates 'love of the living God'

Vatican City, May 31, 2015 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the revelation of the Holy Trinity, God shows the Church his selfless love and unity that we are called to foster in our own communities, Pope Francis said in his Sunday Angelus address.

“The Trinity is a communion of divine persons who are one with the other, one for the other, one in the other: this communion is the life of God, the mystery of the love of the living God,” the Pope said in his May 31 address.

Like the Trinity, “we are called to live not one …read more



Pope's environmental encyclical to be titled 'Laudato Sii' (Praised Be You)

Vatican City, May 31, 2015 / 07:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Taken from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun” prayer praising God for creation, the likely name of the Pope’s upcoming encyclical was informally announced just weeks before its anticipated publication.

Fr. Giuseppe Costa, director of the Vatican Publishing House, reportedly announced the encyclical’s title during the delivery of the Cardinal Michele Giordano prize Saturday afternoon, May 30, in Naples.

The prize honors the former archbishop of Naples, who died in 2010, and was inspired by his keen appreciation for the media.

Expected to be published in mid-late June, the …read more



After mounting criticism, Scotland's assisted suicide bill defeated in Parliament

Edinburgh, Scotland, May 31, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The controversial Assisted Suicide Scotland Bill was defeated on Wednesday by the Scottish Parliament 82-36 in a free vote in Edinburgh, following rising dissent against the legislation.

“Today our parliamentarians took a step towards building a society that has the dignity of the human person – and especially the most vulnerable – at its very heart, and for that we are grateful,” Archbishop Leo Cushley of St. Andrews and Edinburgh stated May 27 in response to the defeated Scottish assisted suicide bill.

“We believe human life must be fully protected …read more



Hebrews 8:1-6

The High Priest of a New Covenant

Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests …read more



1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

By Bible Gateway “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” …read more



The Vatican's arduous task of communicating in the modern age

Vatican City, May 30, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- What needs to change in the Vatican’s communications department to make it worthy of Pope Francis? How are the problems of understaffed and overwhelmed office going to be fixed? What does excellence in communicating look like in 2015 for an institution that’s 2,000 year-old?

These and other questions were recently tackled by the committee tasked with Vatican media reforms – a hopeful project, but one that’s destined for a long road ahead.

“We were always conscious that Pope Francis is an extraordinary communicator himself and it made us realize how …read more