Caritas increases aid as refugees flood out of Syria

Rome, Italy, Sep 9, 2012 / 04:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Caritas Internationalis is ramping up its efforts to help the growing number of Syrian families who have fled the conflict in their homeland. “Within Syria, Caritas is distributing food,” said Laura Sheahan of Caritas told CNA. “It’s been a little hard in terms of cooked food because it’s difficult to even get fuel in Syria, but we’re providing things like sandwiches. Meanwhile, Boy Scouts are … [Read more...]

Youth’s foreign internship teaches a smile speaks volumes

Salt Lake City, Utah, Sep 9, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Jenna Franklin spent eight weeks as a nurse intern in Bosnia/Herzegovina, and not knowing the language, she found that hugs and smiles could speak volumes. Franklin, whose parents are members of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in West City Valley, Utah, is a senior in the nursing program at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. Having never traveled outside the United States, she wanted to study abroad and also wanted to do … [Read more...]

‘Be opened’ sums up Christ’s mission, Pope says

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Sep 9, 2012 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says that the public ministry of Jesus Christ is encapsulated in one “small but very important” Aramaic word: “Ephphatha.” “‘Ephphatha – be opened,’ sums up Christ’s entire mission,” said the Pope in his midday Angelus address Sept. 9.  “He became man so that man, made inwardly deaf and dumb by sin, would become able to hear the voice of … [Read more...]

Egyptian monk and bishop St. Paphnutius celebrated on Sept. 11

Denver, Colo., Sep 9, 2012 / 08:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sept. 11, the Catholic Church honors Saint Paphnutius, an Egyptian monk who became a bishop, endured torture for the faith, and participated at the Ecumenical Council of Nicea in its confirmation of Christ's divinity. While there is no record of Paphnutius' early life, it is known that he – like many other men of his day – became a disciple of the monk Saint Anthony of the Desert, whose direction of a community of … [Read more...]