Mass held in Rome for kidnapped Syrian bishops

Rome, Italy, May 11, 2013 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Eastern Catholic clergy celebrated a Mass in Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin to pray for two archbishops and two priests who remain the hostages of rebels in Syria.Archimandrite Mtanious Haddad, rector of the Greek Melkite Catholic Basilica, said there are “so many” people who have been kidnapped.“Our Mass today was to pray for all those Christians and moderate Muslims who have been kidnapped,” … [Read more...]

Author points to Mary as inspiration, help for modern moms

Notre Dame, Ind., May 11, 2013 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although motherhood is both misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, Mary's intercession and example of holiness can help restore the appreciation moms need, a Catholic author says. While writing the book, “Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom” (Ave Maria Press, 2013), Marge Fenelon said that it was not so much her perception of motherhood that changed as it was her “conviction that moms … [Read more...]

Marriage is critical for cultural evangelization, bishop stresses

Washington D.C., May 10, 2013 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The love of a married couple offers a crucial witness needed for evangelization in the modern world, said Bishop Michael J. Sheridan of Colorado Springs in a recent Washington, D.C., talk.“The Popes have proposed that the purpose of the Church is first and foremost evangelization: the proclamation of Jesus Christ as the Word of Life and the Savior of the human race,” he said.The sacrament of marriage holds a key place … [Read more...]

Boston cardinal to boycott graduation over honors to Irish official

Boston, Mass., May 10, 2013 / 04:45 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Séan O'Malley announced that he would not attend the commencement of Boston College due to an honorary degree Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny will receive at graduation.According to a May 10 statement from the cardinal, “Mr. Kenny is aggressively promoting abortion legislation” in Ireland. “Because the Gospel of Life is the centerpiece of the Church’s social doctrine and because we consider abortion … [Read more...]

Ohio priest dies of cancer two days after ordination

Toledo, Ohio, May 10, 2013 / 04:22 pm (CNA).- Father Scott R. Carroll, ordained a priest of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, on May 8, died of cancer two days later after battling the disease for some time.Bishop Leonard P. Blair of Toledo ordained the transitional deacon a priest at his parents' home with immediate family members present. He was named associate pastor of his home parish, St. Joseph in Maumee, a Toledo suburb.The ordination Mass was concelebrated by the priests of St. … [Read more...]

Law professor says Christian sexual ethics will help poor

Washington D.C., May 10, 2013 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- George Mason University law professor Helen Alvare challenged Catholics to courageously witness to the truth of the Church’s sexual teaching, because doing so will aid the poor.“The new sex, mating and marriage marketplaces have treated women terribly,” especially the poor, said Alvare.She urged Catholics who object to the sexual mores of Western society to emulate Pope Francis' defense of Catholic … [Read more...]

Women in White invite Pope Francis to visit Cuba

Rome, Italy, May 10, 2013 / 12:39 pm (CNA).- The leader of the Cuban protest group Women in White said she hopes Pope Francis will visit Cuba after she had the opportunity to meet the Holy Father at a general audience in Rome.“I hope he comes, because he is a Latino Pope who is very familiar with the suffering of the people, and perhaps he can come. For my part, the doors are open,” Berta Soler told CNA after attending the Holy Father’s general audience on May 8.“We … [Read more...]