‘This is your house’ – Pope Francis meets homeless in Sistine Chapel

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2015 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis stopped by to visit with 150 of Rome’s homeless in the Sistine Chapel after they were invited for dinner and a private tour by the Vatican. “Welcome. This is everyone's house, and your house. The doors are always open for all,” the Pope told his homeless guests during their March 26 visit to the Vatican Museums. He said that their visit was like a tender caress from God. The group was invited by … [Read more...]

Bullets or needles? Death penalty faces new scrutiny as states mull changes

Washington D.C., Mar 27, 2015 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Firing squads, gas chambers and the electric chair – these types of execution may seem like methods of the past, but some states in the U.S. are bringing them back, prompting a debate about the most humane form of the death penalty, or whether the very idea is a contradiction in terms. “I think we’re at a critical point right now where the myth that lethal injection was swift, effective and painless has been … [Read more...]

Two young religious orders look to expand to Denver this summer

Denver, Colo., Mar 27, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two rather new orders of religious sisters looking to expand their missions have set their sights on the Archdiocese of Denver.   The New York-based Sisters of Life and the Rome-based Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo will establish houses and begin their missions in the archdiocese by August of this year. In their first expansion to the western United States, the Sisters of Life will send four sisters to begin their mission … [Read more...]

Pope Francis meets relatives of aid workers murdered by Islamic State

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The brother and widow of two British aid workers killed by Islamic State militants last autumn were among the participants in yesterday’s General Audience, during which they briefly met with Pope Francis and received his blessing. “Pope Francis has called for a common commitment to end fighting, hatred and violence. Mike Haines is living that commitment in an extraordinary way,” Nigel Baker, the British ambassador to … [Read more...]

London Catholic school believes government order threatens its identity

London, England, Mar 26, 2015 / 04:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A prestigious Catholic school in London fears that altering its admissions criteria – as it was ordered to do by an English government agency following a complaint from the British Humanist Association – will damage its Christian identity. The London Oratory School came under review by the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) after a complaint from the British Humanist Association said its faith-based admissions policy … [Read more...]

Bishops conferences are not the Magisterium, Vatican doctrine chief reminds Cardinal Marx

Vatican City, Mar 26, 2015 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has told a French paper that doctrinal, or even disciplinary, decisions regarding marriage and family are not up for determination by national bishops’ conferences. “It is an absolutely anti-Catholic idea that does not respect the Catholicity of the Church,” Cardinal Mueller said when asked, “Could certain doctrinal or … [Read more...]

Peruvian march for life draws half a million

Lima, Peru, Mar 26, 2015 / 11:16 am (CNA).- More than half a million Peruvians participated in the historic March for Life 2015, held March 21 in Lima, rejecting abortion and speaking out in defense of life from conception to natural death.   ¡Lo logramos! Esta es la cifra oficial de la #MarchaPorLaVida pic.twitter.com/q6UjPdRkLE — ACI Prensa (@aciprensa) March 22, 2015In Peru, the right to life from conception is protected by the Constitution of Peru, the Civil Code, … [Read more...]