Catholic Charities works to assess, relieve damage from Hurricane Sandy

Washington D.C., Oct 31, 2012 / 05:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Charities agencies along the East Coast are working to assess the damage left by Hurricane Sandy and respond to the needs of those left in its wake.Kevin Hickey, executive director at Catholic Charities of Camden, N.J., told CNA on Oct. 31 that while there is significant flooding and damage throughout the six southern counties that make up the diocese, “the main focus is the coast.”“The devastation there … [Read more...]

Miracle could allow canonization of first Colombian-born saint

Medellin, Colombia, Oct 31, 2012 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A second miracle confirmed on June 14 by doctors appointed by the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints could advance the sainthood of Blessed Laura de Jesus Montoya Upegui. According to the newspaper El Tiempo, Vatican officials are expected to issue a decision on the miracle on Dec. 10. A decree by Pope Benedict would pave the way for Blessed Laura's canonization as Colombia's first native-born saint. The … [Read more...]

Sistine Chapel reveals light of God, Pope says on 500th anniversary

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2012 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Sistine Chapel ceiling is celebrating its 500th anniversary today, and Pope Benedict XVI followed in the footsteps of his predecessor Pope Julius II, who unveiled the masterpiece by saying vespers there.Pope Benedict said in his Oct. 31 address that he was marking the anniversary of this “liturgical classroom” with vespers because “the works of art which decorate it, especially the frescos, find in the liturgy … [Read more...]

Cuban recovery from Hurricane Sandy will take years, agency reports

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Oct 31, 2012 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The secretary general of Caritas Cuba said it will take years for the eastern section of the country to recover from Hurricane Sandy but that the local Church is bringing relief to thousands of victims. Maritza Sanchez told CNA on Oct. 29 that the situation in Cuba “remains very difficult, especially in the city of Santiago, because the damage has been so severe.” “The hurricane practically devastated the … [Read more...]

Pope offers prayers for Hurricane Sandy victims

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2012 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the Oct. 31 general audience, Pope Benedict offered prayers for the victims of Hurricane Sandy which ravaged the East Coast of the United States early this week.“Conscious of the devastation caused by the hurricane which recently struck the East Coast of the United States of America, I offer my prayers for the victims and express my solidarity with all those engaged in the work of rebuilding,” he said at the conclusion of … [Read more...]

Faith is lived in community, Pope Benedict reflects

Vatican City, Oct 31, 2012 / 10:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although faith is intensely personal, it is necessarily transmitted and lived through relationships with others, Pope Benedict XVI said at his general audience on Wednesday. “I cannot build my personal faith in a private dialogue with Jesus, because faith is given to me by God through a community of believers,” the Pope said in a rain-soaked St. Peter's Square Oct. 31. “The Church, and I become part of the … [Read more...]

North Dakota bishop stands by pastoral letter on election

Bismarck, N.D., Oct 31, 2012 / 04:05 am (CNA).- Bishop David D. Kagan of Bismarck defended his letter on the election which was read this weekend at parishes in North Dakota, against demands by a state senator that it be withdrawn or changed. “It's with a properly formed conscience, which we regularly nourish with prayer, the sacraments, and continued study, that we can...set a good example, which ultimately isn't about you or me,” Bishop Kagan told CNA Oct. 30. The … [Read more...]