Bishops say confusion around CRS in Madagascar cleared up

Washington D.C., Aug 8, 2013 / 05:08 pm (CNA).- The U.S. bishop who chairs the board of Catholic Relief Services said that local Church leaders in Madagascar have given their assurances that the international aid agency adheres to Catholic teaching.Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., said that he and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York –president of the U.S. bishops’ conference – had spoken to Madagascar’s Archbishop Odon Razanakolona of Antananarivo and … [Read more...]

US asks for investigation into Cuban dissident’s death

Havana, Cuba, Aug 8, 2013 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, has called for an investigation into the death of the founder of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, who died in Cuba last year.Diplomatic sources said Powers spoke with the Cuban chancellor, Bruno Rodriguez, during a lunch hosted on Tuesday by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez for the delegations that took part in the U.N. Security Council debate.News of the … [Read more...]

Before Pope’s election, conclave warned of Europe’s waning faith

Vatican City, Aug 8, 2013 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When Cardinal Prospero Grech delivered a meditation to the cardinal-electors at the beginning of the 2013 conclave, he emphasized the value of the new evangelization in the face of Europe's loss of faith.“In the West, at least in Europe, Christianity itself is in crisis … there is a rampant secularism and agnosticism which has diverse roots,” Cardinal Grech, an Augustinian, told the 115 cardinal-electors in the … [Read more...]

Mysterious Missouri priest showed up to pray with crash victim

St. Louis, Mo., Aug 8, 2013 / 12:29 pm (CNA).- After emergency responders spent an hour trying to remove a young woman from her wrecked car near Center, Mo., a priest appeared with anointing oil and prayed with her, and then inexplicably vanished.“He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer,” Raymond Reed, the New London fire chief explained to KHQA about the Aug. 4 incident.“A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well. I can't be for … [Read more...]

Pope strengthens financial crimes laws, oversight body

Rome, Italy, Aug 8, 2013 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has issued a declaration that increases the power of the Financial Information Authority and continues the Vatican's efforts to update its statutes that prevent money laundering. The purpose of this motu proprio is “strengthening the Vatican’s work to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism,” René Brülhart, director of the Financial Information Authority, told CNA Aug. … [Read more...]

Pope fervently praying for apartment gas explosion victims

Vatican City, Aug 8, 2013 / 07:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is “deeply saddened” to hear about the 11 people killed and 60 injured by a natural gas explosion at an apartment building in Argentina’s third largest city. “The Holy Father, deeply saddened to hear the painful news of the violent explosion that happened in Rosario … prays for the repose of the deceased, and raises fervent prayers to the Lord that he grant comfort to those affected by … [Read more...]

Possible sainthood cause for Chesterton sparks excitement

Minneapolis, Minn., Aug 8, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Devotees of the English writer and Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton rejoiced at the news that a Catholic bishop in England is seeking to open an investigation into whether he should be declared a saint.“A lot of people have been hoping for this for a long time,” Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society, told CNA Aug. 6. “Chesterton has a huge devotion to him around the world, particularly here … [Read more...]