Catholic University students use spring break to serve

Washington D.C., Mar 8, 2013 / 02:09 am (CNA).- Almost 100 students and staff at the Catholic University of America are giving up their spring break to take part in mission trips abroad and service projects within the U.S.Brother Jim Moore, O.F.M. Conv., said there was a “tremendous response” among students to the proposal to make a mission trip.“It’s great for me … to see their faith, to see their excitement about living out the Gospel in what they … [Read more...]

Cleveland diocese mourns excommunicated priest

Cleveland, Ohio, Mar 8, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland announced the excommunication of Father Robert Marrone on March 4, calling people to pray for the priest, who had refused two years of reconciliation attempts.“We are saddened by this development” Robert Tayek, the diocese's public relations director, told CNA March 7.“The priests, religious, and lay faithful of the Diocese of Cleveland are exhorted to pray for the reconciliation of … [Read more...]

Gender language blocks bishops from supporting domestic violence bill

Washington D.C., Mar 7, 2013 / 05:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Leading U.S. bishops explained that despite a commitment to fight domestic violence, they could not endorse a prominent federal bill due to its inclusion of troubling gender and sexuality language.“Unfortunately, we cannot support the version of the ‘Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013’ passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate because of certain language it contains,” several bishops … [Read more...]