US bishops fund aid projects in Haiti, Latin America

Washington D.C., Apr 4, 2013 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.S. bishops’ subcommittee has approved over $3.1 million dollars in funding for pastoral work in Latin America, including the continued reconstruction of Haiti and World Youth Day pilgrimage efforts.“We are pleased to see our efforts beginning to pay off as reconstruction is finally gaining momentum for the Church of Haiti,” said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, who is a member of the Subcommittee on the … [Read more...]

French couple claims police violence at marriage march

Paris, France, Apr 4, 2013 / 03:59 pm (CNA).- A couple in France is reporting acts of violence by police officers against participants in a recent march to defend marriage against redefinition by the French government.In an email sent to CNA, Benoit and Marie Dubois described violent actions that they claimed to witness at a March 24 pro-family demonstration.“The government allowed a peaceful demonstration made up mostly of families comprised grandparents, parents and children, to be … [Read more...]

Pope reflects on wonder as invitation to know God

Vatican City, Apr 4, 2013 / 12:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Awe and wonder at an encounter with Christ are the first steps in deepening a spiritual life that leads to ultimate peace in the Lord, said Pope Francis at a Vatican Mass.“First wonder, then spiritual consolation and finally, the last step, peace,” said Pope Francis, adding that “even in the most painful tests, a Christian never loses the peace and presence of Jesus.”“Wonder is a great grace, the grace … [Read more...]

Pope prays for flood victims, urges aid for survivors

Vatican City, Apr 4, 2013 / 05:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope is praying for the 54 people who have died in flooding that hit two cities in Argentina and is also appealing for aid to those made homeless by the disaster. “Pope Francis, deeply saddened by the news of the serious damage caused by the torrential rains over the past days, offers prayers to the Lord for the eternal rest of those who died, at the same time wanting to express his paternal, spiritual closeness to all those … [Read more...]

Story of Pope’s desire to visit Sicily emerges

Rome, Italy, Apr 4, 2013 / 05:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Some might call it fate, but through a series of providential connections, Bishop Michele Pennisi discovered that Pope Francis wants to visit Sicily “as soon as possible.” The story begins with Father Pasquale Di Dio waiting for Pope Francis outside the Vatican parish of Sant’Anna on March 17, standing next to an Argentinian priest. “The Pope,” Fr. Di Dio related in an April 2 interview with CNA, … [Read more...]

Pope’s hug embraced everyone with disabilities, dad says

Rome, Italy, Apr 4, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The father of a boy with special needs, whose iconic hug from Pope Francis has captured the world's attention, says that the Pope in that instant held “all people” with disabilities. “The Pope was embracing all the impoverished in that moment and it was a profound blessing,” Dr. Paul Gondreau told CNA April 2. “Not just for me and my wife,” he added, “but all parents of special needs … [Read more...]

Study shows African Americans reject civil, gay rights equation

Washington D.C., Apr 4, 2013 / 02:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new survey of African Americans shows that most disagree with the claim that the effort to promote gay rights is comparable to the historic movement for racial equality.About 55 percent of respondents to a Zogby Analytics survey said that equal rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons are not the same as equal rights for African Americans. Only 28 percent agreed, while 17 percent said they are not sure.The … [Read more...]