Bishops cautiously hopeful on immigration plan

Washington D.C., Apr 22, 2013 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prominent U.S. bishops have expressed support for the immigration reform bill recently introduced in the Senate, although they noted that it still has room for improvement.“We bishops are grateful for the brave senators who have introduced this bipartisan legislation,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York during a conference call April 22.“We admire their leadership and courage in moving the issue forward, … [Read more...]

Peruvian lawmaker praised for rejecting contraception plan

Lima, Peru, Apr 22, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- The president of Peru’s congressional Committee on Women and the Family has reaffirmed her commitment to resisting pressure from abortion and contraception advocacy groups.During a committee hearing on April 17, Aurelia Tan de Inafuko promised to continue efforts to respect life in the country, while rejecting calls to distribute contraception to minors without parental notification. Carlos Polo, director of the Population Research … [Read more...]

Franciscan University names Fr. Sean Sheridan as president

Steubenville, Ohio, Apr 22, 2013 / 01:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio has named as its next president theology professor and canon lawyer Father Sean O. Sheridan. “I am honored to serve as the next president of Franciscan University,” Fr. Sheridan said April 19. “It is inspiring and truly humbling for me to be here at Franciscan University with the students who are pouring their hearts into their education and their prayer life, … [Read more...]

St. George’s feast becomes Vatican holiday this year

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2013 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- St. George's feast day falling on April 23 means Vatican employees will have the day off to celebrate the saint their boss, Pope Francis, is named after. But the Holy Father, formerly known as Cardinal Jorge (George) Bergoglio, will continue with his practice of presiding over daily Mass. Instead of holding it at Saint Martha’s as he has been since being elected Pope, the Eucharistic celebration will take place at the … [Read more...]

Mistaken obituary labels George Soros as ‘predatory’ billionaire

Denver, Colo., Apr 22, 2013 / 12:07 pm (CNA).- A mistakenly-published article erroneously announcing the death of George Soros described the atheist billionaire as a successful “Hungarian-American financier” who has donated huge sums of money to liberal causes.“George Soros, who died XXX at age XXX, was a predatory and hugely successful financier and investor, who argued paradoxically for years against the same sort of free-wheeling capitalism that made him billions,” … [Read more...]

No room for self-promoters in God’s kingdom, Pope says

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2013 / 10:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned that some people, even in the Church, are “social climbers” that try to promote themselves, instead of seeking to glorify Christ. “These social climbers exist even in the Christian communities, no? Those people who are looking out for themselves ... and consciously or unconsciously pretend to enter but are thieves and robbers,” he said at an April 22 Mass for Vatican press office and Vatican … [Read more...]

Being Christian means risking following Jesus, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2013 / 04:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Lukewarm Christians try to build a church that conforms to their own common sense and see too much risk in following Jesus, Pope Francis preached.   “They are Christians of good sense only: they keep their distance. Christians, so to speak, who are ‘satellites,’ that have a church small in size: to quote the words of Jesus in Revelation, ‘lukewarm Christians,’” the Pope said at the April 20 morning … [Read more...]