Migrants on Mexico’s border face ‘nightmares,’ priest says

Tijuana, Mexico, Jun 11, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA).- Harsh conditions and persecution confront migrants in Mexico, many of whom have been deported from the U.S., according to a Salesian priest who serves the population in the border-town of Tijuana. “This results in them being people with so many dreams that end up becoming nightmares,” Father Ernesto Hernández Ruiz, a member of the order founded by Saint John Bosco to assist the young poor, told CNA in early June. Fr. Ruiz … [Read more...]

French priest suspended after Freemasonry revealed

Paris, France, Jun 11, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- Bishop Yves Boivineau of Annecy in southeastern France has barred a local priest from public ministry after he was exposed as an active Freemason. Father Pascal Vesin, 43, was suspended for his active membership in a Masonic lodge of the Grand Orient of France. He became a member in 2001, five years after his 1996 ordination as a Catholic priest, the French newspaper Le Figaro reports. The priest served a parish in the Alpine ski resort of … [Read more...]

Women’s caucus to connect pro-life lawmakers nationwide

Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2013 / 12:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new nationwide caucus is seeking to organize and recruit pro-life women to run for political office and pass legislation that will defend human life from the moment of conception.“We need strong, articulate women in Washington and in state legislatures who will boldly support policies that respect and promote life,” said Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.). “I’m excited to support the National Pro-life Women’s … [Read more...]

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...]


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