National Catholic Reporter ‘proud’ to identify as Catholic

Kansas City, Mo., Jan 29, 2013 / 04:50 pm (CNA).- The editor of the National Catholic Reporter responded to Bishop Robert Finn's warning that the publication undermines the faith by saying that paper confidently describes itself as Catholic. “NCR is proud to call itself a Catholic publication. We report and comment on church matters, including official teachings,” Thomas Fox wrote Jan. 27 on the paper's website. “We also report and comment on those who call into … [Read more...]

Apostolic nuncio prays for missing priest in Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 29, 2013 / 04:11 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to Mexico, voiced prayers and expressed solidarity with the family members of a local priest who was kidnapped last month.   “In the Diocese of Zamora, there is a priest who disappeared days ago,” the nuncio explained. “He disappeared and nobody knows anything.”Archbishop Pierre spoke at the conclusion of a Jan. 26 Mass in Guanajuato with 35,000 young people. … [Read more...]

Pope’s World Day of the Sick message in Arabic for first time

Rome, Italy, Jan 29, 2013 / 01:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is having his message for this year's World Day of the Sick published in Arabic for the very first time."The Holy Father probably wants to transmit a message on this day to the Syrian people because it's the first time that his message will be published in Arabic," said Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers.The Pope's … [Read more...]

Pope appoints new leader for Portland archdiocese

Portland, Ore., Jan 29, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Alexander K. Sample of Marquette, Mich., to shepherd the archdiocese of Portland, Ore. In a Jan. 29 statement, Archbishop-designate Sample noted his “excitement and joy at taking up this new challenge that God has placed before me.” “I have always tried to be obedient to the will of God and to accept whatever the Church asks of me to be God’s will,” he said … [Read more...]

Vatican official hopes legal dialogue will help persecuted Christians

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2013 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Church celebrates the 30th anniversary of canon law, legal experts at the Vatican are continuing their push for dialogue with their counterparts in other countries, hoping that these talks could reduce the hostility Christians are experiencing worldwide. "Right now the Holy See is engaging in many different levels with world governments," reported Father Cuong M. Pham, an official at the Pontifical Council for … [Read more...]

Law professor says pro-life views must lead to cultural action

Washington D.C., Jan 29, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Americans who wish to be truly pro-life must be willing to examine the philosophical and cultural implications of these views, said George Mason University law professor Helen Alvaré. Being involved in the pro-life movement, she said, “will lead you places where you’ll be surprised to go, because abortion is not a single issue.” Alvaré delivered the keynote address at the Cardinal O’Connor … [Read more...]

Franciscan University president recalls students’ joy as fondest memory

Steubenville, Ohio, Jan 29, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The greatest blessing for Franciscan University of Steubenville's president has been witnessing the enthusiasm of students, Father Terence Henry said after the news of his retirement as was announced. In a Jan. 28 interview with CNA, he recalled serving as pastor of the student body which he said was highlighted by greeting the students every day as they made their way to 8 a.m. classes. “Seeing their enthusiasm and … [Read more...]