Last Updated: Jul 30, 2014

Bishops' plea to US government: help Iraqi Christians

Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2014 / 05:41 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The U.S. bishops have urged the U.S. government to assist Iraqi Christian victims of persecution, while France has offered asylum to Iraqi Christians who have fled Mosul.

Pope Francis issues peace plea to all Holy See embassies

Vatican City, Jul 30, 2014 / 09:04 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Signed by Vatican secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, a “nota verbale” was sent to all embassies accredited to the Holy See on behalf of Pope Francis, who urged ambassadors to work for peace.

Working-class marriage rate hurt by weak church efforts

Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2014 / 09:02 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A “national retreat” from marriage could worsen social divides between the married and unmarried and plummeting rates are partly due to religious groups failing to reach the working class, says one scholar.

124 Korean martyrs to be beatified by Pope next month

Seoul, South Korea, Jul 30, 2014 / 03:04 am (EWTN News/CNA).- During his August visit to Korea, Pope Francis is to beatify Paul Yun Ji-chung, the nation's first martyr, as well as 123 companions who were killed for the faith in the 19th century.