Archbishop Gomez welcomes immigration reform proposal

Washington D.C., Apr 17, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles applauded the introduction of legislation to change the U.S. immigration system, while pledging the bishops’ help in reviewing and improving the proposal.“The U.S. bishops look forward to carefully examining the legislation and working with Congress to fashion a final bill that respects the basic human rights and dignity of newcomers to our land—migrants, refugees, and … [Read more...]

Protest launched over clerical sex abuse video game

Madrid, Spain, Apr 17, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- Spanish civil rights groups have launched a campaign calling for the removal of a video game based on clerical sex abuse, in which a Pope figure coordinates abuse and tries to avoid being caught by reporters.The website HazteOir denounced the company for its March 14 release of “Vatican Quest,” an arcade game that “mocks the underage victims of sexual abuse and brings the trend of slamming the Church and Catholics … [Read more...]

Rejecting Holy Spirit’s work in Vatican II is ‘foolish,’ Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The work of the Holy Spirit at the Second Vatican Council is not yet finished, Pope Francis said, because many in the Church are unwilling to fully embrace what God inspired in the council fathers.In his homily at an April 16 Mass at St. Martha’s Residence, the Pope observed that the Holy Spirit always “moves us, makes us walk and pushes the Church forward.”However, he said, we often respond by saying, … [Read more...]

Financial decisions key factor in Pope’s reform drive

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2013 / 09:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One month into his papacy, Pope Francis has made his first episcopal and administrative appointments and has met with heads of state and the faithful, but one decision that is likely to play a key role in his reform project will be how he deals with the Vatican’s financial operations. As the Church’s cardinals were preparing to elect the next Pope one month ago, two of them suggested closing down the Institute for Works of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis assures Iran, Pakistan quake victims of prayers

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2013 / 06:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is praying for the victims of the earthquake that killed 35 and injured 100 in Iran and Pakistan. “I raise a prayer to God for the victims and for all those who are in pain, and I wish to express my closeness to the Iranian and Pakistani people,” he said during his April 17 general audience at the Vatican. “I learned with sadness of the violent earthquake that struck the peoples of Iran and Pakistan, … [Read more...]

Jesus’ Ascension means we are never alone, Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2013 / 05:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis proclaimed “we are never alone” and that Jesus is our defender, as he reflected on the Ascension during his Wednesday general audience. “We are never alone in our lives, we have this advocate who waits for us,” the Pope told tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered at Saint Peter’s Square to participate in the April 17 audience. The Pope centered his teaching on the line from the Creed that … [Read more...]

Chicago honors first African-American priest with pilgrimage

Chicago, Ill., Apr 17, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of Father Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest in the U.S., the Chicago archdiocese is holding a pilgrimage in May which will visit sites associated with his life and ministry. “He has been looked upon as a founder, if you will, of the black Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Chicago,” Andrew Lyke, director of the archdiocesan Office for Black Catholics, told CNA April 15. In 2010, the … [Read more...]