Retired Brooklyn bishop dies from car accident

Brooklyn, N.Y., Jun 10, 2013 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan, an auxiliary bishop emeritus of the Brooklyn diocese, died June 7 from injuries received in a May 30 car accident.“We mourn the passing of Bishop Joseph Sullivan,” Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn said. “During his tenure, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens became a nationally recognized provider of social services.”“Even in retirement, Bishop Joe continued to serve … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan praises immigration bill as step forward

New York City, N.Y., Jun 10, 2013 / 02:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Stressing that immigration reform is needed to “correct injustices,” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said that the proposed bill in the U.S. Senate makes serious progress in efforts to balance humanitarian and security concerns.“The Senate proposal, while not perfect, goes a long way toward correcting injustices in the system,” the Archbishop of New York wrote in a June 9 column for USA Today. “Despite its … [Read more...]

Chile proposes financial incentives for childbearing

Santiago, Chile, Jun 10, 2013 / 12:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an effort to reverse the country’s low birth rate, President Sebastian Pinera of Chile has announced a proposal to offer financial incentives to couples who have three or more children.The measure, announced on May 21, would benefit all women apply regardless of income level and would entail a one-time payment of approximately $200 for a couple’s third child. It would increase to $300 for the fourth child and $400 for … [Read more...]

Comfort of Holy Spirit, world don’t mix, Pope states

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2013 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis said Christians cannot receive consolation from both the Holy Spirit and the spirit of the world if they want to be saved. “You cannot serve two masters, you either serve the Lord or you serve the spirit of this world; we cannot pick and mix,” Pope Francis said at the chapel of Saint Martha’s House. “A bit of the Holy Spirit, a bit of the spirit of this world, no!” he exclaimed June 10 during his … [Read more...]

Pontifical Academy starts ‘Friends for Life’

Rome, Italy, Jun 10, 2013 / 09:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Academy for Life has started a group called “Friends for Life” to expand its network around the world. “It is aimed at people interested in bioethics, including students, professors, intellectuals, academics, as well as people interested in promoting life,” said Father Scott Borgman, the academy’s coordinating secretary. “We hope to be more of a backbone for those who promote life and … [Read more...]

Jesuit writers get quick answer to papal audience request

Rome, Italy, Jun 10, 2013 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just one month after their request, Pope Francis has scheduled a private audience with the college of writers from La Civiltà Cattolica, the Jesuit cultural review whose articles are approved by the Vatican’s secretary of state before publication. The private audience has been officially scheduled for June 14, according to a Monday post on the magazine's Twitter feed. The meeting will begin with Father Adolfo … [Read more...]