US bishops’ relief agency defends alliance with aid organization

Washington D.C., Jul 21, 2012 / 05:02 pm (CNA).- Catholic Relief Services, the official overseas relief agency for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, says that it worked with a leading Catholic bioethics group in conducting careful reviews to ensure that its funding decisions were in alignment with Church teaching. “Catholic Relief Services, in communion with the Church, strictly upholds Catholic moral teaching,” the organization said.“All of the CRS programs and … [Read more...]

Home is where the box is

Camden, N.J., Jul 21, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Sisters Brianna and Danielle Breen look out of the roof of the cardboard dwelling where they spent the night at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Sicklerville, on Saturday, March 31. The “Cardboard City” event, which included participants from St. Charles and Sts. Peter and Paul, Turnersville, was designed to teach young people about the plight of the homeless. Last weekend, youth from two parishes came together to build … [Read more...]

Elite Peruvian university stripped of Catholic credentials

Vatican City, Jul 21, 2012 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced it is stripping the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru of its Catholic identity after the elite university repeatedly refused to comply with the Church’s requirements for colleges.“The Holy See, with Decree of His Eminence the Secretary of State, under a specific Pontifical mandate, has decided to remove from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru the right to use in its name the titles … [Read more...]

Catholic chaplain helps families and survivors after Aurora shootings

Englewood, Colo., Jul 21, 2012 / 07:24 am (CNA).- At Swedish Medical Center, where 23 victims of a deadly movie theater attack were brought in the early hours of July 20, lay Catholic chaplain Marcus Ebenhoe is helping family, friends, and survivors.“A lot of it's just helping people make meaning of what's happening,” the lay chaplain told CNA on Friday afternoon. “I had someone who said: 'The person to my left and the person to my right both got shot, but I … [Read more...]

Mass in Aurora draws people seeking answers to tragedy

Aurora, Colo., Jul 20, 2012 / 08:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily following a July 20 mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila reminded a crowd of faithful that though there is evil in the world, there is also mercy.“Sin, evil and death do not have the last word,” he said, citing Jesus’ victory over death through his resurrection.The Mass was held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church – just blocks from Century 16 Theatre – where 12 … [Read more...]