CRS: New anti-violence work in Latin America shows promise

San Salvador, El Salvador, Jan 27, 2013 / 01:06 pm (CNA).- New, interpersonal approaches to preventing drug violence in Mexico and gang violence in Central America show promise where harsher measures have fallen short, a Catholic Relief Services expert in Latin America said. In El Salvador, the overseas relief agency for the U.S. Catholic Church is working with the government to create a system to prevent violence and create opportunities for young men drawn to gangs, Rick Jones, deputy … [Read more...]

Liturgy teaches us to hear God’s voice, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Jan 27, 2013 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told thousands gathered in St. Peter's square Jan. 27 that marking Sunday as a day of rest and engaging in the liturgy can teach us to listen to the voice of God. “Before we can speak of God and with God, we need to listen, and the liturgy of the Church is the 'school' of this listening to the Lord who speaks to us,” he said during his weekly Angelus address. Exploring the day's reading … [Read more...]

Irish patroness St. Brigid of Kildare celebrated Feb. 1

Denver, Colo., Jan 27, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Feb. 1 Catholics in Ireland and elsewhere will honor Saint Brigid of Kildare, a monastic foundress who is – together with Saint Patrick and Saint Columcille – one of the country’s three patron saints. St. Brigid directly influenced several other future saints of Ireland, and her many religious communities helped to secure the country's conversion from paganism to the Catholic faith. She is traditionally … [Read more...]