Comfort makes us indifferent to suffering of migrants, Pope says

Lampedusa, Jul 8, 2013 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Seeking to “reawaken” consciences, Pope Francis visited an Italian island which is the destination of African emigrants and said that the “culture of comfort” leads many people to ignore the suffering of others. “The culture of comfort…makes us insensitive to the cries of other people, makes us live in soap bubbles which, however lovely, are insubstantial; they offer a fleeting and empty … [Read more...]

Consistory to pick canonization dates could be in September

Vatican City, Jul 8, 2013 / 02:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office says the consistory of cardinals which will discuss the canonization of Bl. John XXIII and Bl. John Paul II may be held in September, with the ceremony taking place a few months later.“There will be a consistory in autumn, possibly in September but we still don't know the exact date,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told CNA on July 5, shortly after it was … [Read more...]

Chilean archbishop donates inheritance to help college students

Concepcion, Chile, Jul 8, 2013 / 11:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop of Concepcion, Chile, has donated a $50,000 inheritance to a Catholic university in the city to establish a food scholarship in memory of his late aunt.“I believe that in Chile, donation is a path we must take for a more just society, in a bid for freedom for all,” Archbishop Fernando N. Chomali Garib said at the June 24 ceremony establishing the Yolanda Garib Food Scholarship at the Catholic University of … [Read more...]

Murdered Syrian priest’s friend feels closeness of martyrdom

Rome, Italy, Jul 8, 2013 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Franciscan Friar Ibrahim Alsabagh says that remembering the June 23 killing of his friend, a Syrian priest, at a Mass in Rome made him feel “bitter, happy, and a little bit of envy," as well as "how close martyrdom is." “My first reaction was of bitterness because I had met him personally and I know how much good he did,” said Father Alsabagh, a Syrian Franciscan of the Custody of the Holy Land. “Also … [Read more...]