Jesus Christ is constant in transient world, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2012 / 04:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus remarks at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI said that the Sunday gospel reading about the passing of the world is a reminder that Jesus Christ is the focus and source of all creation.“Everything passes, but the Word of God does not change, and each of us is responsible for his behavior before it,” Pope Benedict said Nov. 18, from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square. “It is … [Read more...]

Hurricane Sandy efforts move from relief to recovery

Camden, N.J., Nov 18, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Dioceses in the mid-Atlantic are starting to move their Hurricane Sandy relief efforts to a focus on recovery, 18 days after the storm first touched American soil. “This weekend, we're going to make the pivot from relief to recovery...relief is a shorter term proposition,” said Kevin Hickey, executive director of Catholic Charities of Camden. “Its length really depends on the scale of any given … [Read more...]

Franciscan Outreach provides shelter to Chicago’s homeless 365 days a year

Chicago, Ill., Nov 18, 2012 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- In mid-October, Teresa Widman did not know where she was going to sleep, or what she was going to eat. Her diabetes was out of control, and her blood sugar was sky high.Things looked bleak, and she didn’t see how they would get any better.Homeless since 2008, she had stayed in shelters in Chicago and other cities before finding her way to the House of Mary and Joseph, a homeless shelter on West Harrison Street operated by Franciscan … [Read more...]

Feast of St. Columbanus, Irish monk and ‘Father of Europe,’ falls on Nov. 23

Denver, Colo., Nov 18, 2012 / 08:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An originator of Ireland's unique monastic tradition, who went on to serve as a missionary to continental Europe during the early Middle Ages, the abbot Saint Columbanus – also known as St. Columban – is honored by the Catholic Church on Nov. 23. Despite their similar names and biographies, St. Columbanus is not the same person as Saint Columba of Iona, another monk from Ireland who spread the faith abroad and lived … [Read more...]

Catholic donor group picks controversial Obama advisor as new head

Washington D.C., Nov 17, 2012 / 05:11 pm (CNA).- An organization of Catholic donors has chosen Alexia K. Kelley, an Obama policy advisor with connections to abortion-supporting politicians and a controversial advocacy group, as its new president and CEO.“Alexia has a distinguished record of leadership and service in the church, the nonprofit world and government," said William F. Raskob, chairman of the board of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities … [Read more...]