Pope Francis calls faithful to deeper encounters with others

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 1, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- In an interview with the O Globo TV network before leaving Brazil, Pope Francis emphasized the “culture of encounter” that must characterize the Church.The interview, which O Globo called historic, was taped at the Sumare House, where the Archbishop of Rio lives and where Pope Francis stayed during his visit to Brazil. It aired on Sunday evening after the Pontiff had departed for Rome.The Pope described the “warm … [Read more...]

Illinois cardinal defends marriage, decision to defund campaign

Chicago, Ill., Aug 1, 2013 / 02:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, Ill., is defending his decision to cease funding of an immigration organization after it declared support and encouragement for same-sex “marriage.”The board of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights “broke faith with its member organizations when it publicly supported so called 'same-sex marriage,'” said Cardinal George in a July 29 … [Read more...]

Boy who embraced Pope receives hero’s welcome at school

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 1, 2013 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- The young boy who brought Pope Francis to tears during World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro was greeted with cheers from his classmates when school resumed on July 30.According to Brazil’s O Globo TV network, nine-year-old Nathan de Brito was received amidst applause from his schoolmates in the city of Cabo Rio. Wearing World Youth Day apparel and a cross, he was “given a hero’s welcome,” the network … [Read more...]

Slovenia’s two archbishops resign amid financial crisis

Rome, Italy, Aug 1, 2013 / 07:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The only two archbishops in Slovenia have resigned at the invitation of Pope Francis, after two financial companies associated with the Archdiocese of Maribor collapsed. “I hope and pray to God that this step I have taken will help restore credibility to the Slovenian Church, as it deserves it,” Archbishop Anton Stres of Ljubljana said in a July 31 statement. Archbishop Marjan Turnšek of Maribor also resigned his … [Read more...]

In tough times, Catholics of Detroit provide ‘voice of hope’

Detroit, Mich., Aug 1, 2013 / 04:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of Detroit’s decision to file for bankruptcy, Catholics in the city are using a variety of venues to provide essential services to neighbors in need.“The reality here in Detroit is that we have been dealing with a down time in the economy for several years now,” explained John Kohn, director of public relations for the Archdiocese of Detroit.But in the midst of ongoing struggle, he told CNA, “one … [Read more...]

North Carolina pro-life law praised as positive step

Raleigh, N.C., Aug 1, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life advocates are praising North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for signing into law a multi-part pro-life bill that rasies abortion safety regulations in the state.“While we pray for the day when there is no longer a need for any clinic that performs abortions, this bill is a positive step,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh said.“But there is more to be done. We will continue to witness, advocate, educate and … [Read more...]

Archbishop of Rio underscores positive impact of WYD

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 31, 2013 / 06:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro said World Youth Day 2013 has had a positive impact on the country, not only in economic terms, but also as far as Catholic witness. “Copacabana has never seen so many joyful and peaceful people committed to building a better world,” he said, referring to the more than three million young people who lined the beach for the Closing Mass.Speaking at a July 30 press … [Read more...]