UN Human Rights Office condemns US border separation of families

Washington D.C., Jun 7, 2018 / 03:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Maria had been a victim of sex trafficking and abuse by a local gang when she fled Guatemala. Taking her 3-year-old son, Jose, she made the trek to the U.S. border, seeking asylum in the United States. But when she…

Congressmen call for investigation into Planned Parenthood abuse cover-ups

Washington D.C., Jun 7, 2018 / 02:04 pm (CNA).- Several members of Congress have asked the federal government to investigate allegations that Planned Parenthood has covered-up acts of sexual abuse. At a press conference held Thursday outside the Capitol Building, the members of Congress, along with pro-life group Live Action,…

Lay rector a first at the ‘Pope’s university’

Rome, Italy, Jun 7, 2018 / 01:58 pm (CNA).- For the first time in its 245-year history, a lay professor has been appointed rector of the Pontifical Lateran University, also known as the “Pope’s university.”   Vincenzo Buonomo, a professor of international law and a consultant to the Holy See…

After major immigration raid, Ohio bishop decries ‘broken system’

Cleveland, Ohio, Jun 7, 2018 / 01:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. immigration system is broken and in need of reform, said the Bishop of Cleveland after more than 100 immigrants were arrested by authorities on Tuesday. “This latest event in Erie County again makes clear that our current immigration…

Pope Francis sends liberation theologian Gustavo Gutierrez a birthday greeting

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2018 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent a birthday greeting to Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, widely considered the father of liberation theology, thanking him for his service to the Church and his dedication to the poor. In a letter dated May 28, Pope Francis…

Global campaign urges greater involvement to help migrants, refugees

Vatican City, Jun 7, 2018 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Organizers of the international “Share the Journey” campaign are urging Catholics to step up and interact with migrants and refugees through shared meals or other activities as part of a global action week. “We invite you to sit down together…

What’s the secret sauce in Wichita’s vocations boom?

Wichita, Kan., Jun 7, 2018 / 05:00 am (CNA).- Father Chad Arnold, vocations director in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, is hesitant to dole out advice about how a diocese can increase its priestly vocations. He recognizes that he’s been blessed. At a time when bishops and vocations directors across…

NY bill no help for victims of sex abuse at public institutions – legal analyst

Albany, N.Y., Jun 6, 2018 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Backers of a New York bill to open a lawsuit window for civil action from victims of past sexual abuse are wrong to say it would apply to public institutions, a former judge has said. In a May 21 legal…

Analysis: Cardinal Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, at the elite Bilderberg meeting

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2018 / 04:26 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, will take part in the Bilderberg Conference, an annual private gathering of global political, business and media leaders, set to take place this year in Turin, Italy, June 7 – 10.   Cardinal Parolin’s…

Analysis: Cardinal Parolin at the elite Bilderberg meeting

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2018 / 04:26 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, will take part in the Bilderberg Conference, an annual private gathering of global political, business and media leaders, set to take place this year in Turin, Italy, June 7 – 10.   Cardinal Parolin’s…

As wildfires burn in southwest US, Catholics offer prayer, support

Denver, Colo., Jun 6, 2018 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As ongoing wildfires rage through the southwest region of the United States, local dioceses are offering their prayers and support for victims. “I pray for all those in harm’s way and for all first responders and volunteers fighting the fire,”…

Ninth annual Rosary Relay to cover globe in prayer for priests

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 6, 2018 / 03:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Marian shrines in more than 50 countries throughout world will join in a 24-hour rosary initiative on Friday to intercede for and honor the priestly vocation. “It is an opportunity for us to raise our hearts to God for all…

Maryland town met with support, prayer in aftermath of devastating flood

Baltimore, Md., Jun 6, 2018 / 02:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Perched on a hill overlooking the rivers and railroad tracks in Ellicott City, Maryland, stands St. Paul’s Catholic Church – a place where many Catholics in the Archdiocese of Baltimore go to pray. Since a devastating flood hit the city…

Update: Vatican investigators will arrive in Chile next week

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2018 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- UPDATE: The Archdiocese of Santiago announced June 6 that Archbishop Scicluna and Msgr. Bertomeu will visit Chile June 12-19. They will spend June 14-17 in the Diocese of Osorno, and the remainder of their time in Santiago.     The…

Pope focuses on social media use in June prayer video

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2018 / 11:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his prayer video for June, Pope Francis asked that digital communications and social media platforms would be a place of inclusion and encounter, rather than isolation and “alienation.” In the video, published June 5, the pope opened saying the…

Pope Francis: The Church is not just the bishops – it’s everyone

Vatican City, Jun 6, 2018 / 04:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Wednesday said that the sacrament of Confirmation is a gift meant to be shared with other people, both inside and outside of the Church, which he stressed is not only the hierarchy, but is made up of all…

When Robert F. Kennedy’s mourners found refuge in the rosary

Washington D.C., Jun 6, 2018 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was shot in a California hotel on June 5, 1968, his supporters prayed. “After Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, many supporters got down on their knees and prayed the…

Vanity Fair ad takes ‘#MeToo’ campaign to victims of religious violence

Rome, Italy, Jun 6, 2018 / 12:52 am (CNA).- A new ad in the Italian edition of Vanity Fair magazine has given the global #MeToo movement another dimension, shining a spotlight on women who have suffered persecution, rape and violence due to their faith. Three of these women – Rebecca…

CUA board approves much-debated academic renewal plan

Washington D.C., Jun 5, 2018 / 05:07 pm (CNA).- A hotly-debated renewal plan for the Catholic University of America, which included the elimination of 35 faculty positions, the reorganization of some departments and a recommitment to the arts, was approved by the school’s board of trustees Tuesday. The Academic Renewal…

US Supreme Court throws out undocumented minor abortion ruling

Washington D.C., Jun 5, 2018 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday the Supreme Court vacated an appellate court’s decision from October which permitted an undocumented minor held in federal custody to an obtain an abortion. This move by the court means there will no longer be a precedent should…

Catholic churches offer relief after Guatemala’s deadly volcano eruption

Escuintla, Guatemala, Jun 5, 2018 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Three Catholic churches in Guatemala have opened their doors to shelter victims of Sunday’s sudden volcano eruption that devastated villages and left at least 70 people dead. “What I’ve seen so far is complete destruction. Hundreds of people have lost…

How UK Anglicans and Catholics are teaming up to fight modern slavery

London, England, Jun 5, 2018 / 04:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Anglican and Catholic leaders in the UK are teaming up to fight modern-day slavery through a free app that helps identify forced labor at hand car washes. “Over the last few years we have learned more about the evil of…

German, African bishops affirm continued need to evangelize

Antananarivo, Madagascar, Jun 5, 2018 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a meeting last month between representatives of the bishops of Africa and Germany discussing integral human development, both groups affirmed their need to continue the work of evangelization. “As Church, both in Africa and in Germany, the Holy Spirit…

Peripheries, truth, and hope: Pope Francis on upstanding journalism

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2018 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead the presentation of the Biagio Agnes International Journalism Award, Pope Francis advised journalists to consider of all walks of life in their work, pursue truth, and always introduce hope. Often, he said, “the nerve centres of news production are…

Pope offers prayer, solidarity for victims of Guatemala eruption

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2018 / 08:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With the death count of a massive volcanic eruption in Guatemala already at 65, Pope Francis has offered his prayers for the victims, their families and the thousands who have lost their homes due to the calamity. In a June…

Full text of Pope Francis’ letter to the Church in Chile

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2018 / 07:53 am (CNA).- In a letter to Catholics in Chile on May 31, Pope Francis said he is ashamed of the Church’s failure to listen to victims, and urged all the baptized to make a commitment to ending the culture of abuse and cover-up.…

Audio drama of St. Francis takes Audie Award

Denver, Colo., Jun 4, 2018 / 07:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A spoken-word drama about the life of St. Francis of Assisi has won an Audie Award from the Audio Publishers Association.   “It truly is an honor for us to be considered worthy to receive this award,” said Paul McCusker,…

Understanding the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cake ruling

Washington D.C., Jun 4, 2018 / 04:21 pm (CNA).- Religious freedom advocates have mostly celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, although some commentators have expressed concern that the case was a “narrow” victory – won on specific facts of the case, not addressing…

Pope Francis urges Spirit-centered cooperation between Catholics, Lutherans

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2018 / 03:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an address Monday to a delegation of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pope Francis encouraged ongoing ecumenism between Catholics and Lutherans. Referencing efforts such as “various joint prayers” and “many ecumenical meetings,” Francis observed an increased inclination toward Christian…

Religious freedom groups praise Supreme Court’s Masterpiece ruling

Washington D.C., Jun 4, 2018 / 03:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom groups cheered Monday’s 7-2 Supreme Court decision that a Colorado baker had his rights violated when the state civil rights commission said he was required to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. “Today’s decision confirms that people…