US dioceses prepare for second Fortnight for Freedom

Washington D.C., Jun 5, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Dioceses across the country are preparing for the upcoming Fortnight for Freedom – now in its second year – by organizing a variety of prayer and educational activities with a religious liberty theme.The purpose of the Fortnight for Freedom is “to educate people about the nature of religious freedom (and) to point out intrusions against religious liberty,” said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore in a video … [Read more...]

Mass. bishop asks forgiveness after drunk driving charge dropped

Worcester, Mass., Jun 5, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA).- Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester, Mass., has again apologized following an agreement with a Rhode Island court to dismiss a drunk driving charge against him.“I have been committed to making amends and accepting the consequences of my actions. I am grateful that the legal process has been concluded,” Bishop McManus said June 4. “I continue to ask forgiveness from all the good people I serve, as well as my family and … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput prays for building collapse victims

Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 5, 2013 / 03:18 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia offered his prayers to those affected by a building collapse on the morning of June 5, which left one woman dead and over a dozen injured. The incident happened when a building at 22nd and Market Streets in Philadelphia scheduled for demolition collapsed onto an adjacent thrift store. Officials do not suspect foul play. “My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the building … [Read more...]

Pope says lamenting suffering is form of prayer

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2013 / 11:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said lamenting suffering is a form of prayer and is not a sin, during his daily morning Mass. “A priest I know once said to a woman who lamented to God about her misfortune, ‘but, madam, that is a form of prayer, go ahead with it,’” Pope Francis said in his June 5 homily. “To lament before God is not a sin,” he added. Pope Francis based his reflections on a reading from the third … [Read more...]

Pope stresses threats to human person on Environment Day

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2013 / 09:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said that it is urgent to focus on people and not just on nature on World Environment Day. “The human person is in danger, this is certain, the human person is in danger today, here is the urgency of human ecology!” exclaimed Pope Francis June 5 during his general audience. “We are called not only to respect the natural environment, but also to show respect for, and solidarity with, all the members of our … [Read more...]

Parents of kidnapped journalist grateful for Pope’s words

Houston, Texas, Jun 5, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The parents of kidnapped American journalist Austin Tice have appealed again for his release, voicing gratitude for Pope Francis' words on behalf of all abducted victims in the Syrian conflict. “It is a tremendous comfort to know the Holy Father is praying for the people of Syria, and that he has personally appealed to the humanity of kidnappers to release their victims,” Marc and Debra Tice of Houston, Texas told CNA … [Read more...]

Pope to Syrian Christians: you have ‘great task’ of remaining

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2013 / 05:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis vigorously appealed for peace in Syria and told the Christians there that they have “the great task” of remaining in their homeland despite the ongoing war. “These (communities) have the great task of continuing to offer a Christian presence in the place where they were born and it is our task to ensure that this witness remains there,” he said June 5. “The participation of the entire … [Read more...]