Pope celebrates Feast of All Souls in papal crypt

Vatican City, Nov 2, 2012 / 03:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Catholics around the world on Nov. 2 remember those who have passed away, Pope Benedict XVI visited the Vatican Grottoes to pray for his predecessors on the feast of All Souls. In remarks made in St. Peter's square Nov. 1 anticipating  All Souls day, Pope Benedict said the feast “helps us to reflect on the double horizon of humanity, which we symbolically express with the words 'earth' and … [Read more...]

Bishops’ delegation says international support critical for Syrian refugees

Washington D.C., Nov 2, 2012 / 01:30 pm (CNA).- A delegation from the U.S. bishops’ conference that recently visited the Middle East believes that the Syrian refugee crisis is getting worse and that without increased aid to surrounding countries it could become a disaster.“It was clear to all of us on the delegation that the Syrian refugee crisis is worsening and that more international support will be needed if the conflict in Syria continues,” said Bishop Anthony B. Taylor … [Read more...]

Cuban officials slammed for jailing dissident’s disabled son

Havana, Cuba, Nov 2, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cuban dissident Rosa Maria Rodriguez has denounced the local government for imprisoning her mentally impaired son as retaliation for her refusal to leave the opposition. Rodriguez's son, Yosvany Melchor, is a 29-year-old man with psychiatric problems and no criminal background.   However, since 2010 he has been serving a twelve-year prison sentence after being convicted of human trafficking in trial his mother characterized as … [Read more...]

Pilgrims arrive in Rome to celebrate Latin Mass permission

Vatican City, Nov 2, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement that any priest can celebrate the Mass according to the pre-Vatican II rite in Latin, a number of pilgrims have come to Rome to offer thanks and celebrate.“I gladly accepted to celebrate (tomorrow’s) Mass for pilgrims who came to thank the Pope for the gift of the motu proprio ‘Summorum Pontificum’ because it is a way to make others … [Read more...]

Washington Catholics say ‘gay marriage’ backers mislead

Seattle, Wash., Nov 2, 2012 / 10:30 am (CNA).- A group of Catholic lay leaders in Washington state has asked voters to oppose the state’s “gay marriage” ballot proposal Referendum 74, warning against those who “do not accurately represent Catholic teaching.”“As Catholics, we believe that marriage is the unique bond of love and life between a woman and a man, which is the source of the family,” three members of the group said in an Oct. 31 opinion … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan sees heartbreak, hope in Sandy’s wake

New York City, N.Y., Nov 2, 2012 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s destructive passage across the East Coast, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York expressed his “solidarity in love and prayer with so many who are suffering.”“What do you say? Our hearts are broken when you see the loss of life, the grieving families, the devastation, the ruination,” Cardinal Dolan told Fox News co-anchor Martha MacCallum Oct. 31.“But … [Read more...]

Project sends spiritual relief to the frontlines

Washington D.C., Nov 2, 2012 / 02:17 am (CNA).- For more than two years, the Frontline Faith Project has worked to send MP3 players with Catholic content to U.S. troops, who may not be have regular access to a chaplain or religious services.“The whole idea was to bring the Catholic Church to those troops who don’t have a chaplain available to them,” said Cheri Lomonte, founder of the Frontline Faith Project.The project was initially founded in response to a shortage of … [Read more...]