Poverty linked to respect for life in Pope’s book

Denver, Colo., Apr 29, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his newly translated book, Pope Francis proposes a Christ-centered understanding of human dignity that yields a comprehensive respect for life reaching from the unborn to the impoverished.“He clearly makes the case that Jesus brings about a completely new vision of humanity, that human life is provided with a dignity that goes beyond our capacity to understand,” Alejandro Bermudez, the book's translator, told CNA … [Read more...]

Stabbing attack at New Mexico church hospitalizes four

Albuquerque, N.M., Apr 29, 2013 / 04:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A 24-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing several members of the choir at a Catholic church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, during Sunday Mass.The knife-wielding man reportedly climbed over several pews and attacked the choir director, a choir member and two others after communion at the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church.“I looked up, and I saw a young man with a very scary look in his … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan urges freedom for kidnapped bishops

Washington D.C., Apr 29, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a plea for the release of two kidnapped Orthodox archbishops in Syria.“The kidnapping of two men of peace is a sign of the terrible violence that is destroying the fabric of Syrian society,” Cardinal Dolan said in an April 26 statement.He explained that the plight of the archbishops, along with the murder of their driver, … [Read more...]

Confessional not a ‘dry cleaner,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Apr 29, 2013 / 09:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said the Sacrament of Confession does not work like a dry cleaner but is a moment in which Jesus imparts his peace. “Jesus in the confessional is not a dry cleaner, it is an encounter with Jesus but with this Jesus who waits for us just as we are,” said Pope Francis. “Many times we think that going to confession is like going to the dry cleaner to clean the dirt from our clothes,” he observed … [Read more...]

Bishop Rey reflects on Pope’s liturgy, evangelization connection

Vatican City, Apr 29, 2013 / 07:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis understands the important role the liturgy plays in the New Evangelization and combines it with his own style to communicate the grace of God, says Bishop Dominique Rey. “I think each Pope arrives at his own charism, his own personality. And the personality of Pope Francis is a sense of freedom, simplicity, (an awareness) of context,” Bishop Rey observed in an April 23 interview with CNA. And the way the faith … [Read more...]