Archdiocese offers prayers in wake of Sikh temple shooting

Milwaukee, Wis., Aug 6, 2012 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki expressed sorrow and promised his prayers after a gunman fatally shot six people at a local Sikh temple before being killed by police.“Our prayers go out to the congregation at the temple and to the entire Sikh community,” Archbishop Listecki said in an Aug. 5 statement responding to the Sunday morning murders, committed by Wade Michael Page at the Sikh Temple of … [Read more...]

Pope praises joyfulness of Bavarian culture

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 6, 2012 / 04:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Groups of choirs, dancers, artists, poets and horn blowers from Pope Benedict XVI’s native Bavaria visited the pontiff at Castel Gandolfo on Friday as a belated birthday present.Over 1,000 pilgrims from Bavaria visited the papal summer residence under the leadership of Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, Vatican Radio reports.Men, women and children dressed in colorful lederhosen and summer dresses for a … [Read more...]

Pope encourages generosity from Argentineans for the poor

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug 6, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is calling on Argentineans to be generous during a special collection to be held in the country on Sept. 9.   Locals should “bring a word of encouragement and an effective display of charity to those most in need,” he said in a message to the country's bishops. The Pope's appeal was sent to the president of the Bishops' Committee on Aid to Regions Most in Need, Bishop Adolfo … [Read more...]

Archbishop Muller presents positive vision for Vatican’s doctrine office

Vatican City, Aug 6, 2012 / 03:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The new head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says he wants the department to play a positive role in the New Evangelization, rather than simply responding to doctrinal problems as they arise.   “The task of this congregation is not only to defend the Catholic faith but to promote it, to give the positive aspects and possibilities of the whole richness of the Catholic faith,” Archbishop … [Read more...]

Vatican Observatory head praises Curiosity rover landing

Vatican City, Aug 6, 2012 / 01:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican Observatory director Fr. José Gabriel Funes thinks that “everybody” should be happy with the successful landing of the Mars science rover Curiosity.Fr. Funes said he liked the rover’s name because curiosity is “a driving force to do science, to do research.”“Human beings are basically curious,” he told Vatican Radio Aug. 6. “We want to know how many things in the universe … [Read more...]

‘Way of St. James’ religious order flourishing with vocations

Madrid, Spain, Aug 6, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Spanish women's religious order that has welcomed in pilgrims traveling on the Way of St. James for over thirteen years, is now burgeoning with new vocations. The Augustinians of Conversion began their journey in 1999, when Mother Prado left the country's Augustinian convent where she had been living for several years. Together with three other sisters, she founded a growing religious community in Becerril de Campos, in … [Read more...]

Guadalupe message resounds at Los Angeles’ massive Marian festival

Los Angeles, Calif., Aug 5, 2012 / 06:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Virgin Mary will accompany the Church in the New Evangelization, just as she did during the first preaching of the Gospel in the Americas, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez told around 100,000 devotees at the Aug. 5 Guadalupe Celebration.“Our Lady of Guadalupe is calling us today, my brothers and sisters,” the archbishop said in his keynote address to one of the largest Catholic gatherings in U.S. history at the … [Read more...]