Six months later, Sandy victims plod through recovery

New York City, N.Y., May 3, 2013 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Six months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Caribbean and hit the northeastern U.S., coastal community members continue to struggle through the difficult process of rebuilding their lives. “The recovery is progressing slowly,” Father Richard Ahlemeyer, pastor of St. Camillus and St. Virgilius parishes in the Rockaway area of Queens in New York City told CNA May 1. “This morning I was having breakfast with … [Read more...]

Accused Newark priest resigns from ministry

Newark, N.J., May 3, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- A priest accused of sexual misconduct against a minor in 2001 has resigned from ministry with the Newark archdiocese, after acknowledging that he violated the terms of an agreement with local prosecutors.On May 2, Fr. Michael Fugee submitted his resignation to Newark Archbishop John J. Myers, who promptly accepted it.Having been removed from ministry, Fr. Fugee technically remains a priest, but may not celebrate the sacraments or otherwise … [Read more...]

Pope moves queen, Italian laywoman closer to sainthood

Vatican City, May 3, 2013 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has approved miracles attributed to a Sicilian queen and a 20th-century Italian laywoman, placing them one step closer to sainthood. As groups of lay people devoted to saints from Italy, Spain, France and England converge on Rome for a Year of Faith event this weekend, the Pope advanced four causes for sainthood. Queen Maria Cristina of Savoy, who married King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies, is one of the two women who … [Read more...]

Venezuelan cardinal calls for end to violence

Caracas, Venezuela, May 3, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas exhorted Venezuelans to listen to the call of Pope Francis to end the violence that has swept the country after the April 14 elections.Stressing the “need for dialogue and respect” to overcome violence, including verbal attacks and threats launched between the administration of Nicolas Maduro, who was recently elected president, and opposition candidate Henrique Capriles.“I am … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania mourns sudden loss of Bishop McFadden

Harrisburg, Pa., May 3, 2013 / 11:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Church and public officials from Pennsylvania are saddened by the unexpected death of Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, who shepherded the Diocese of Harrisburg. “I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Bishop Joseph McFadden,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said. “I am grateful that I had the opportunity to be with him over the last few days at the Annual Spring Meeting of the … [Read more...]

Lebanese president discusses Syria refugees with Pope

Vatican City, May 3, 2013 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis and Lebanese president Michel Sleiman met to discuss the Syrian fighting and the influx of refugees it has sent into his country. According to Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican press office director, the meeting focused on “the regional situation, with special reference to the Syrian conflict.” “The Pope is concerned with the large number of Syrian refugees who have sought refuge in Lebanon and … [Read more...]

Pope warns against lukewarm faith with personal story

Vatican City, May 3, 2013 / 08:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In keeping with his style, Pope Francis cautioned about the dangers of a lukewarm faith by telling a childhood story on the importance of believing in the physical resurrection of Jesus. “I remember, excuse me, a personal story,” he said during his daily morning Mass on May 3. “As a child, every Good Friday my grandmother took us to the Procession of Candles and at the end of the procession the recumbent Christ came … [Read more...]