Archive of June 13, 2013

Global religious freedom law is ineffective, panel says

Jun 13, 2013 - 05:32 pm .- Speaking before a congressional subcommittee, religious liberty experts warned that a U.S. law passed 15 years ago to promote international religious freedom needs stronger enforcement.  

Vatican diplomat: anti-drug policies should focus on family

Jun 13, 2013 - 04:21 pm .- Policies to fight drug abuse should reflect the dignity of the human person and build up the family as vital for both prevention and treatment efforts, said a representative of the Holy See.

Colorado fire draws aid efforts, call for prayers

Jun 13, 2013 - 03:48 pm .- A massive forest fire in Colorado Springs has destroyed more homes than any previous fire in the state, prompting the local Catholic Charities head to ask for prayers for the victims and for an end to the blaze.

Teen attributes recovery from coma to global prayer chain

Jun 13, 2013 - 12:10 pm .- A year ago, 16 year-old Antonia Cabrera suffered a stroke and was expected to die. Today, she can speak, walk with some difficulty and is continuing a recovery that she attributes to prayers across the globe.

Pope confirms faith encyclical nearly done

Jun 13, 2013 - 10:44 am .- Pope Francis put aside his prepared remarks this morning and told members of the Synod of Bishops that the encyclical on faith is almost ready and the exhortation on evangelization will be finished before the Year of Faith is over.

Francis celebrates first Mass in Spanish as Pope

Jun 13, 2013 - 10:12 am .- “It feels good,” Pope Francis said today as he celebrated Mass in his native language of Spanish for the first time in 48 days.

Pope confident bishops will keep improving dialogue

Jun 13, 2013 - 08:18 am .- Pope Francis said he trusts that bishops will continue to improve their dialogue and collaboration with him and with each other in their next general assembly.

Pueblo bishop resigns due to poor health

Jun 13, 2013 - 06:33 am .- Pope Francis announced on June 13 that he has accepted the early resignation of Bishop Fernando Isern of Pueblo, Colo., due to poor health and for the good of the local Church.  

Rabbi calls friend's election to papacy good for dialogue

Jun 13, 2013 - 04:49 am .- Rabbi Abraham Skorka believes that Pope Francis’ election offers a chance for Christian-Jewish relationships to grow, especially as the world experiences a crisis of belief.

Church-turned-abortion clinic now a pro-life haven

Jun 13, 2013 - 04:03 am .- An encounter with a pro-life center that had previously served as both a house of worship and an abortion clinic at different times in its history has left a lasting impression on one pro-life leader.

Zambian bishops encourage 'people-driven' constitution

Jun 13, 2013 - 02:01 am .- The Catholic bishops of Zambia have urged locals to be vigilant in calling for a new, “people-driven” constitution to help advance development in the country.

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