Elementary school massacre ‘not part of God’s plan,’ Newtown priest says

Newtown, Conn., Dec 16, 2012 / 12:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The motive behind the gunman whose Dec. 14 shooting rampage took the lives of 28 people, including 20 children, is not something that can be answered, Newtown’s local Catholic priest said.“This was not part of God’s plan,” Msgr. Bob Weiss of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church told ABC News Dec. 15.Msgr. Weiss, who accompanied police while they informed parents of their child’s death following the Sandy … [Read more...]

Pope ‘deeply saddened’ by Connecticut shooting

Vatican City, Dec 16, 2012 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope expressed sorrow over the Sandy Hook school shooting that massacred 20 children and offered prayers for the victims' families.“I was deeply saddened by Friday's senseless violence in Newtown, Connnecticut,” said Pope Benedict XVI Dec. 16.“I assure the families of the victims, especially those who lost a child, of my closeness in prayer,” he told thousands gathered at St. Peter's Square for … [Read more...]

St. Peter Canisius, influential early Jesuit, honored Dec. 21

Denver, Colo., Dec 16, 2012 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An important figure in the Catholic counter-reformation that responded to the 16th century spread of Protestantism, the priest and Doctor of the Church Saint Peter Canisius is remembered liturgically on Dec. 21. His efforts as a preacher, author, and religious educator strengthened the Catholic faith in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and parts of Central Europe during a period of doctrinal confusion. Writing about St. Peter Canisius … [Read more...]