Archive of June 20, 2014

Marriage matters for society, says homilist at national Mass

Jun 20, 2014 - 05:13 pm .- Marriage, an institution between one man and one woman for the rearing of children, is designed by God and is the backbone of society, clergy proclaimed at Thursday's national Mass for Marriage.

On World Refugee Day, bishops implore U.S. to address Syria

Jun 20, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- The chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration declared the refugee situation in Syria a “humanitarian disaster” and called on the U.S. to increase resettlement in a statement for World Refugee Day.

Euthanasia case heads to French high court

Jun 20, 2014 - 03:24 pm .- An official with France’s highest court has said that a minimally conscious, severely injured man should be denied food and hydration, countering prior rulings that doing so would violate his right to life.

Pope Francis decries persecution of Christians

Jun 20, 2014 - 02:03 pm .- Pope Francis on Friday lamented continued persecution against Christians and other religious believers, encouraging scholars and governments to defend religious liberty.

Brazilian diocese offers foreign language Masses during World Cup

Jun 20, 2014 - 01:03 pm .- The Archdiocese of Belo Horizonte – one of the 12 Brazilian cities hosting World Cup matches – has announced a program of multi-lingual Masses and cultural events for those attending the tournament.

Pope warns against false securities of wealth, vanity, power

Jun 20, 2014 - 11:32 am .- In his homily at Friday's Mass, Pope Francis cautioned attendees not to place their security in false treasures which enslave and weigh us down, but rather in the treasures of heaven that lead to freedom.

Salesians back humane solutions for asylum seekers in Italy

Jun 20, 2014 - 11:09 am .- Two Salesian groups in Italy launched an initiative Friday to coordinate their activities for immigrants, many of whom are refugees, both in Italy and in their home countries.

Archbishop Cordileone calls for a 'civilization of truth and love'

Jun 20, 2014 - 10:55 am .- Kicking off the “March for Marriage” on June 19, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco invoked the witness of the early Christians to call for families rooted in “truth and love.”

Pope: problem of drug use is not solved by other drugs

Jun 20, 2014 - 08:37 am .- In a message for an international conference on enforcing drug laws, Pope Francis denounced the trend of offering addicts narcotics as a substitute for hard drugs, stating that it only worsens the problem.

Bosnian school seeks to strengthen interethnic relations

Jun 20, 2014 - 06:34 am .- A Catholic school founded in Sarajevo, Bosnia during the country’s recent war has made it their goal to teach children to embrace ethnic differences, without letting them hinder interpersonal relations.

Ratzinger Prize honorees show intellectual vitality, cardinal says

Jun 20, 2014 - 04:00 am .- Cardinal Camillo Ruini praised Tuesday the two winners of the 2014 Ratzinger Prize for their academic accomplishments and their commitment to the faith.

Archbishop hopes Colombian president will work for peace

Jun 20, 2014 - 02:05 am .- A Colombian bishop has said the country’s newly re-elected president, Juan Manuel Santos, has the difficult mission of confronting new violence amid continued security problems and guerrilla attacks.

St John Paul II relic to tour East Coast, starting in Boston

Jun 20, 2014 - 12:03 am .- A relic of St. John Paul II will begin a tour of the U.S. in Boston on Saturday, giving the Catholic faithful in several major cities the chance to venerate one of the Church’s newest saints.

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