Vatican plans huge pro-life, evangelization gathering

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A major highlight for the Year of Faith will be a two-day celebration in Rome on the Church’s teaching about the dignity of life and how it fits with the New Evangelization. Father Geno Sylva, the English-language official for the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, hopes the event will speak so clearly to the secular world that it is “going to have to listen and say, ‘well, there is a culture of life … [Read more...]

Bishop warns of Church plundering in Central African Republic

Bangassou, Apr 15, 2013 / 04:26 pm (CNA).- In the midst of a conflict between the government of the Central African Republic and the rebel Séléka coalition, the Church is suffering from fighting and theft by rebel forces, a local bishop said.“The plundering continues, day and night, at any time. The terrified people do not flee, but weep, and try to defend the little they still have,” Bishop Juan-José Aguirre Muñoz of the Diocese of Bangassou told Aid … [Read more...]

Archdiocese of Boston urges prayers after marathon explosions

Boston, Mass., Apr 15, 2013 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As local police report at least two people dead and dozens injured following a pair of explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the archdiocese has asked for prayers for the victims. “As reports of death and injuries are reported, we ask you to please turn to the Lord each time to pray for them and for those who love them that they would receive the consolation of the Holy Spirit, the mercy of God, and the loving … [Read more...]

North American College breaks ground on 10-story building

Rome, Italy, Apr 15, 2013 / 08:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Seminarians filled the North American College with strains of “Holy God We Praise Thy Name” as they took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for a new 10-story structure. “Things have gone so well in the last decades, that we need more space and it’s wonderful,” Archbishop John J. Meyers of Newark explained to CNA April 12 after he led the ceremony. James and Miriam Mulva of Bartlesville, Okla. donated … [Read more...]

Pope backs reform of US sisters’ leadership conference

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2013 / 07:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican’s assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which found it had “serious doctrinal problems” and needed to be reformed. Archbishop Gerhard L. Müller, the prefect for the Vatican’s doctrine congregation, met in Rome with conference president Sister Florence Deacon on April 15, along with Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, who was named to carry out … [Read more...]