Archive of November 5, 2013

US bishops: employment bill is wrong solution to discrimination

Nov 5, 2013 - 04:52 pm .- A bill to prohibit workplace discrimination against homosexual and transgender persons poses serious threats to religious freedom and undermines the biological basis of gender, say its critics as it heads to a crucial Senate vote.  

Vatican nunciature to Syria hit by mortar; no casualties

Nov 5, 2013 - 04:06 pm .- The Vatican's nunciature in Damascus was hit by a mortar round at 6:30 am on Tuesday, damaging the building but neither killing nor injuring any persons.

Pope Francis: Christians are 'called to a party'

Nov 5, 2013 - 10:30 am .- During his daily Mass Pope Francis said that at the essence of Christianity is an invitation to the Lord’s feast, emphasizing that we cannot be passive in front of the Lord’s call.

Vatican releases preparatory document for synod on family

Nov 5, 2013 - 08:57 am .- At a press conference Tuesday, the Vatican released the official preparatory document on the upcoming synod of bishops on the family, revealing key topics of the meeting's discussion will focus on.

Musician blends Tango, classic styles in Mass composition

Nov 5, 2013 - 07:30 am .- At a festival in Rome, an Argentinian composer noted the need for sacred music in modern society and spoke of a Mass he wrote honoring his country which draws from both classical and Tango traditions.

Pro-life groups say McAuliffe too 'extreme' for Va. governor

Nov 5, 2013 - 05:06 am .- As Virginians head to the polls to elect their next governor, pro-life groups are urging voters to consider the ‘extreme’ views of Terry McAuliffe, which they say could jeopardize the health and safety of women.  

Indian diocese goes 'green' at intercultural festival

Nov 5, 2013 - 04:27 am .- The Diocese of Miao, located in far north-east India, is promoting stewardship of the environment by choosing to give saplings to guests at its events rather than the customary floral arrangements.  

Defending marriage is critical for society, Bishop Conley warns

Nov 5, 2013 - 02:10 am .- Warning that a “fierce debate on the future of marriage” is coming to Nebraska, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln emphasized that same-sex unions are not civil rights and urged the state to recognize the unique role of the natural family.  

Pope: our strength, hope is in the mercy of God

Nov 5, 2013 - 12:10 am .- At a special Mass honoring all of the bishops and cardinals who have died during the past year, Pope Francis emphasized that nothing can separate us from the love of our merciful God.  

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