Church, political leaders extend prayers to Oklahoma victims

Washington D.C., May 21, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a devastating tornado in Oklahoma on May 20, Church leaders and national figures from the  offered their prayers and condolences for those affected by the disaster.“The experience of loss of family members, homes, neighborhoods, and even the local hospital, shows a devastation that impels us to stand with you and all the good people of Moore both in prayer for comfort and in efforts for disaster relief to ease the … [Read more...]

Oklahoma bishop supports those grieving in Moore

Oklahoma City, Okla., May 21, 2013 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City traveled to Moore today to give his support and concern to those devastated by the tornado that swept through the town yesterday, May 20. “I feel, as the archbishop, as a shepherd, I need to be there,” Archbishop Coakley told CNA while on his way to the suburb of Oklahoma City on May 21. “I'm not sure…there's anything very practical I can do when I … [Read more...]

Former Newark priest arrested after breaking court agreement

Newark, N.J., May 21, 2013 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After violating the terms of an understanding with local prosecutors, a priest who recently resigned from ministry with the Newark archdiocese was arrested May 20. Father Michael Fugee was accused of sexually abusing a minor in 2001, and in 2007 made an agreement with local prosecutors that allowed him to remain in ministry so long as he was not around children unsupervised and did not engage in youth ministry. In late April, it … [Read more...]

Pope: power struggles outside Jesus’ vision of Church

Vatican City, May 21, 2013 / 01:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While acknowledging that power struggles have existed in the Church since it began, Pope Francis said Jesus’ teaching on power leaves no room for them. “In the Church the greatest is the one who serves most, the one who is at the service of others,” said Pope Francis on May 21.   “This is the rule, yet from the beginning until now there have been power struggles in the Church, even in our manner of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis helped young addict in struggle against drugs

Rome, Italy, May 21, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- According to an Argentine priest, Pope Francis when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires helped save a young mailman from the abyss of drug addiction and became his spiritual father. Jesuit priest and Vatican Radio commentator Father Guillermo Ortiz recounted to CNA knowing then-Cardinal Jorge Bergolio when he was still provincial superior of the Jesuits in Argentina, as well as his own personal introduction to the young man. “When … [Read more...]

Pope praying for children, others struck by Oklahoma tornado

Vatican City, May 21, 2013 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent special condolences to those parents who lost their children in a tornado that killed around 100 people in Oklahoma. “I am close to the families of all who died in the Oklahoma tornado, especially those who lost young children,” the Pope said on his Twitter account on May 21. “Join me in praying for them,” he added. Pope Francis also tweeted the same message in Spanish. Earlier in the day … [Read more...]

Vatican spokesman denies Pope conducted exorcism

Vatican City, May 21, 2013 / 04:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis did not perform an exorcism when he prayed over a young disabled man in St. Peter’s Square on Pentecost Sunday, according to the Vatican’s spokesman. “The Pope had no intention of doing an exorcism, so it is absolutely false that this has been done. He simply prayed for the sick person,” Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi told CNA May 21. The idea that Pope Francis performed an … [Read more...]