Franciscans of the Immaculate decree worries traditionalists

Rome, Italy, Jul 30, 2013 / 06:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Congregation for Religious, with the approval of Pope Francis, has appointed a commissioner to oversee the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and has restricted their celebration of the traditional Latin Mass, touching off a storm of speculation about the reasons and broader implications. The news of the decree was first reported by the veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister, who described the move as the first time that … [Read more...]

Young woman recalls deep pain, joy of immigrating to America

St. Louis, Mo., Jul 30, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A young woman who immigrated to the U.S. with her family from Guadalajara, Mexico, recalls the 11 years of paperwork granting them status in the country as a “huge, painful, interesting process.”In February, 20-year-old Sofía González was able to return to St. Louis, Missouri after U.S. immigration laws sent her away from her family and back to Mexico for nearly two years.González told CNA in a July … [Read more...]

‘Symbolon’ program aims to improve adult faith formation

Denver, Colo., Jul 30, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA).- The Denver-based Augustine Institute has launched its new Symbolon program aimed at improving adult faith formation overall, and in particular the process of welcoming converts into the Church.“This is a response to…the concern that many bishops and leaders of the catechetical world have about the crisis of faith that we're up against in everyday parish life,” Dr. Edward Sri, chancellor of the Augustine Institute, told CNA … [Read more...]

Closing Mass for Rio’s World Youth Day largest since 1995

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 29, 2013 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Over three million Catholic pilgrims from around the world attended the final Mass at World Youth Day on Sunday, making the 2013 event the largest of its kind since 1995.Crowds of pilgrims from dozens of countries thronged Copacabana Beach for the final World Youth Day Mass with Pope Francis July 28.The mayor’s office of Rio di Janeiro estimated that 3.2 million people attended the final World Youth Day Mass at … [Read more...]