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...]

Cardinal Burke heartened by US pro-life marches

Rome, Italy, Jan 26, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Raymond Burke says that the pro-life marches taking place across America this week “are a most important witness to the respect for the inviolable dignity of every human life.” “It is heartening to note the increased participation in the pro-life marches,” the head of the Vatican's highest tribunal, the Apostolic Signatura, told CNA Jan. 23. “Surely, the witness of the pro-life marches gives … [Read more...]

Vatican health official urges charity for leprosy sufferers

Vatican City, Jan 26, 2013 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Anticipating the 60th World Leprosy Day, the head of the Vatican council for health care workers encouraged Christians to intensify their love and service to those afflicted with the disease. “This event constitutes for all Christians...a valuable opportunity to relaunch their efforts in favor of those who are directly afflicted by Mycobacterium Leprae or are indirectly affected by it,” Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president … [Read more...]

Rally against civil unions bill warns of ‘great persecution’

Denver, Colo., Jan 26, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Around 200 opponents of a Colorado civil unions bill rallied at the state capitol Jan. 25, warning that the legislation not only redefines marriage but could shut down Catholic adoption agencies in the state. “We stand up today because we see that the real goal of civil union legislation is social endorsement of same-sex unions, and soon enough, the redefinition of marriage,” said rally speaker Kate Sweeney, assistant … [Read more...]

Cardinal O’Malley calls pro-life movement to grow in faith

Washington D.C., Jan 25, 2013 / 06:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of Boston encouraged pro-life pilgrims from across America to deepen their faith, explaining that a culture of life must be founded upon the conversion of our own lives.“Our task is to live our faith so intensely,” the cardinal said, “that we will generate a culture of life.”Over 13,000 people gathered on the evening of Jan. 24 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of … [Read more...]


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