Bishops push State Department to help end Syrian civil war

Washington D.C., Jun 20, 2013 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two bishops have written to Secretary of State John Kerry urging that the United States work to end the Syrian civil war and promote humanitarian assistance to the country. “The reported use of chemical weapons, the UN estimate of over 93,000 deaths, the displacement of millions from their homes, and the kidnapping of two Orthodox archbishops on a mission of mercy all point to the devastation of the violent conflict in Syria and … [Read more...]

Religious orders receive $23 million for retirement aid

Washington D.C., Jun 20, 2013 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than $20 million has been distributed to U.S. religious communities to help care for their elderly and retired members this year.“We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity of Catholics across the nation who faithfully support our senior religious each year,” said Sister Janice Bader, a member of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O'Fallon, Mo., who serves as executive director of the … [Read more...]

Pope: it’s wrong to think our enemies must go to hell

Vatican City, Jun 20, 2013 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis stressed that it's false to think our enemies “must go to hell” during his daily Mass at the Vatican's Saint Martha House June 20. “You cannot pray with enemies in your heart,” he said June 20. “With (both) brothers and enemies in your heart, you cannot pray.” “They must go to hell, right? I will have nothing to do with them!” the Bishop of Rome said … [Read more...]

Jesus is source of joy, new Fargo bishop says

Fargo, N.D., Jun 20, 2013 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop John T. Folda was ordained and installed as Bishop of Fargo June 19, calling on members of his new diocese to be witnesses to Jesus Christ and promising to give “all that I have.” “We walk with Christ in a relationship of love, accepting the crosses that must come, but also drawing from him the joy and the hope and the divine life that he came to share with us,” Bishop Folda said at the close of his Mass of … [Read more...]

Cardinal says foreign pressures fuel violence in Nigeria, Syria

Milan, Italy, Jun 20, 2013 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a conference of interfaith leaders in Milan, Cardinal John O. Onaiyekan suggested that Islamist violence in his country of Nigeria, as well as in Syria, has been fueled by external influences. “Outside funding for Islam in Nigeria is nothing new,” the archbishop of Abuja remarked June 17 at the tenth annual meeting of the Oasis International Foundation. The conference brought together top Muslim and Catholic figures to … [Read more...]

Catholic children in Thailand participate in inter-religious dialogue

Bangkok, Thailand, Jun 20, 2013 / 02:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Local Catholic children in Bangkok participated in fellowship with other faith groups to foster inter-religious dialogue and peaceful relationships among different communities.The group contained members of diverse faith backgrounds, including Buddhists, Muslims and Catholics, as well as their religious leaders. The encounter program was organized under the leadership of Fr. Anucha Chaowpraeknoi, chaplain of the Catholic … [Read more...]

Pro-adoption ad campaign results in strong response

Austin, Texas, Jun 20, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- A pro-life media group's ad campaign encouraging pregnant women to choose adoption has launched its third series of broadcasts after previous campaigns succeeded in reaching hundreds of women. “We are optimistic that great things will happen over the upcoming weeks, and that lives will be saved as women are put into contact with trusted adoption resources,” Marissa Cope, director of marketing, communication and research at the … [Read more...]