US bishops oppose re-routing of Israel-Palestine separation wall

Washington D.C., May 8, 2013 / 05:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have criticized an Israeli plan to re-route a separation wall through the Cremisan Valley in the West Bank, claiming such a move would harm both Christian families and religious orders.Protesting “in the strongest terms” and in “solidarity with our brother bishops in the Holy Land,” Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, voiced his opposition to an Israeli tribunal’s decision to move … [Read more...]

Wyoming Catholic mourns student killed on hike with family

Lander, Wyo., May 8, 2013 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- Wyoming Catholic College is grieving the loss of freshman Christine Allen, who died on May 7 after falling during a hike with her family in Utah. “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy,” college president Father Robert Cook said in a statement Wednesday. “Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with the Allen family, and we ask you to keep them in your prayers.” Nineteen-year-old Allen fell during an evening … [Read more...]

Colombian community grieves local priest’s murder

Bogotá, Colombia, May 8, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- The Bishops’ Conference of Colombia lamented the “atrocious” murder of Father Jose Antonio Valle Bayona, whose body was found in a ditch in rural area of Barranquilla.In a statement issued today, the bishops recalled that 48 year-old Father Valle was pastor of Christ the King Parish in the Archdiocese of Barranquilla.Police have offered an $11,000 reward for anyone providing information about the identity and location of … [Read more...]

New pro-life campaign for moms sees strong response

Austin, Texas, May 8, 2013 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- A new campaign from pro-life group Heroic Media has found considerable support from busy moms seeking to get more involved in promoting abortion alternatives. The new campaign, 1000 Moms, was launched last year and has already “seen a very positive response,” executive director Joe Young of Heroic Media told CNA May 7. By engaging mothers in prayer, networking and giving, the group aims “to help build a culture of life within … [Read more...]

Pope Francis marks Argentina’s Our Lady of Lujan feast

Vatican City, May 8, 2013 / 01:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis commended Argentina to the protection of its patron saint Our Lady of Lujan, bringing white flowers to her statue and pausing in prayer ahead of his Wednesday general audience. “This is the day in which we celebrate Our Lady of Lujan, heavenly Patroness of Argentina,” the Pope said at his general audience May 8. “I wish to send to all the children of these beloved Argentine lands my sincere affection … [Read more...]

Without evangelization, Church is barren, says Pope

Vatican City, May 8, 2013 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- If the Church does not have the “apostolic courage” that led Saint Paul to evangelize, she becomes a “stalled Church … without fertility,” Pope Francis said in his May 8 homily.“Paul teaches us this journey of evangelization ... because he is sure of Jesus Christ and does not need to justify himself, to seek reasons to justify himself,” the Holy Father said during Mass at the Chapel of the Domus … [Read more...]

Pope to sisters: living with Jesus outside Church is absurd

Vatican City, May 8, 2013 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told leaders of women’s religious orders today that their vocations can only be recognized within the fold of the Church. “Your vocation is a fundamental charism for the Church's journey and it isn't possible that a consecrated woman or man might 'feel' themselves not to be with the Church,” he told around 800 female superiors general on May 8. The International Union of Superiors General … [Read more...]