Pope salutes his favorite soccer team

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2013 / 08:05 am (CNA).- Diverse groups from around the world were present at this morning’s general audience, but one – the Pope’s favorite soccer team – received a greeting from the pontiff that no one else did. As he moved through the list of those present at the April 10 assembly, he came to the only delegation from his homeland and said,  “Ah, this is very important!” That group was made up of representatives from the Saint … [Read more...]

Pope celebrates Mass with America’s highest-ranking Latino bishop

Vatican City, Apr 10, 2013 / 05:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope celebrated Mass with Archbishop José H. Gomez, the highest-ranking American bishop of Hispanic origin, on the feast of the Lord’s Annunciation. “It was a very special Eucharist for me because we were celebrating the Annunciation and I was ordained a Bishop in Denver on the Solemnity of the Annunciation in 2001,” Archbishop Gomez said in an April 8 Facebook post. “During the Mass,” the … [Read more...]

Renovated New Mexico chapel to help form priests

Gallup, N.M., Apr 10, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The newly-renovated chapel of Bishop James Wall of the Gallup diocese aims to be part of the spiritual formation of local seminarians as they prepare to pastor churches in the future.“The idea was to make something peaceful and beautiful, and in God's honor...it's a house for discernment, and seminarians live there at time, so it's also intended to be part of their spiritual formation,” Father Matthew Keller, the … [Read more...]

Renovated New Mexico chapel to help form priests

Gallup, N.M., Apr 10, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The newly-renovated chapel of Bishop James Wall of the Gallup diocese aims to be part of the spiritual formation of local seminarians as they prepare to pastor churches in the future.“The idea was to make something peaceful and beautiful, and in God's honor...it's a house for discernment, and seminarians live there at time, so it's also intended to be part of their spiritual formation,” Father Matthew Keller, the … [Read more...]

In new film, pastor issues ‘war cry’ against human trafficking

Colorado Springs, Colo., Apr 10, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA).- A Christian pastor hopes a new film focused on modern day slavery will act as a catalyst for action to help some 27 million people who make up the thriving market of human trafficking. “We’re praying this is that war cry for Christians to not just have faith, but to put faith into action,” Matthew Cork, lead pastor of Friends Church in Yorba Linda, Calif., told CNA in a recent interview. Hitting theaters April 12, … [Read more...]

Fla. Planned Parenthood lobbyist was on Catholic Charities board

Pensacola, Fla., Apr 10, 2013 / 12:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Planned Parenthood lobbyist who appeared to endorse infanticide at a March hearing in the Florida legislature is a former board member of a local Catholic Charities affiliate, a spokeswoman said. Alisa Lapolt Snow had served on Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida-Tallahassee’s board of directors, Peggy DeKeyser, director of communications for the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, confirmed to CNA April 9. “She was … [Read more...]

Military archdiocese objects to Catholic ‘extremist’ label

Washington D.C., Apr 9, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services has said it is “astounded” at a U.S. Army Reserve training brief that listed Catholics alongside “violent and extremist” groups. “The archdiocese calls upon the Department of Defense to review these materials and to ensure that taxpayer funds are never again used to present blatantly anti-religious material to the men and women in uniform,” the … [Read more...]


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