Our Lady of Czestochowa icon touring Spain

Madrid, Spain, Jan 30, 2013 / 04:18 pm (CNA).-  A replica image of Our Lady of Czestochowa is currently traveling throughout Spain on a pro-life and pro-family pilgrimage that will span 12,000 miles and 23 countries.Dubbed “From Ocean to Ocean,” the tour began last September in Vladivostok on Russia’s Pacific coast and will conclude at the Shrine of Fatima on the Atlantic coast of Portugal.Organizers of the tour hope that “the number of people who discover and … [Read more...]

Child malnutrition offends human dignity, warn Guatemalan bishops

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Jan 30, 2013 / 12:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bishops’ Conference of Guatemala called on authorities to address the stark hunger and malnutrition facing thousands of children and rural workers in the country.The current food crisis, affecting thousands of Guatemalans, “constitutes an affront to the dignity of all those who are suffering from it,” the bishops said.“This crisis, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI, ‘is more serious than … [Read more...]

Pope says Biblical view of God can help fatherhood crisis

Vatican City, Jan 30, 2013 / 08:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI said the Bible can help clarify the true meaning of being a father during his general audience today. "Despite the crisis of fatherhood in many societies, the Scriptures show us clearly what it means to call God 'Father,'" he said Jan. 30 at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall. "For those who have had the experience of an overly authoritarian and inflexible father, or an indifferent, uncaring, or … [Read more...]

Author cheers Pope’s ‘flurry’ of social media outreach

Orlando, Fla., Jan 30, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA).- A Catholic author and blogger says Pope Benedict's use of social networking has given the Church an example of how to better evangelize through the media. “I’d say the most recent efforts are several steps in the right direction,” Brandon Vogt told CNA Jan. 29 – something he and other “tech-savvy Catholics” have been supportive of for some time. Although Pope Benedict XVI and his predecessor Pope John … [Read more...]

Bishop praises Catholic schools for role in evangelizing

Washington D.C., Jan 30, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- In a statement commemorating Catholic Schools Week, Bishop Joseph P. McFadden of Harrisburg, Pa., lauded Catholic schools for helping evangelize the nation. “It is a challenging education in an atmosphere where Jesus Christ is the center,” the chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Catholic Education said Jan. 29. “The unique atmosphere of our Catholic schools is a space and place where the New Evangelization can reach … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez hails Senate immigration reform plan

Washington D.C., Jan 30, 2013 / 12:09 am (CNA).- Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles welcomed an immigration reform plan proposed by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators as a much-needed foundation for further reform efforts.   “It is vital that the framework includes a path to citizenship, so that undocumented immigrants can come out of the shadows and into the light and have a chance to become Americans,” said Archbishop Gomez, who chairs the U.S. … [Read more...]