Senate bill would aid religious minorities in Middle East

Washington D.C., Aug 22, 2013 / 05:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid ongoing attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt, a U.S. Senator has introduced legislation aimed at protecting the rights of religious minorities in the Middle East.“The continued violence against Coptic Christians and other civilians in Egypt is incredibly disturbing and flies in the face of the religious freedoms and fundamental values that Americans hold dear,” said Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in an Aug. 21 press … [Read more...]

Bishop: Abortion-supporting stance should bar lawmakers from Eucharist

La Paz, Bolivia, Aug 22, 2013 / 03:40 pm (CNA).- The adjunct secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Bolivia, Archbishop José Fuentes, said that government officials who support abortion should not receive Holy Communion.Such individuals, he said, are not acting consistent with their faith and with the teachings of the Gospel and the Church.In July of this year, four government ministers announced their support for the legalization of abortion in Bolivia.In an interview … [Read more...]

Beatification cause imminent for auxiliary bishop of Madrid

Madrid, Spain, Aug 22, 2013 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Madrid has announced that this fall, the beatification cause of Auxiliary Bishop Eugenio Romero Pose will officially be opened.Bishop Pose was appointed as Madrid’s auxiliary bishop in early March of 1997, and was a close collaborator with the current archbishop, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela.The archdiocese announced on August 21 that the solemn opening of his cause for beatification will be led by … [Read more...]

Community’s love for Mary draws young woman to religious life

Boston, Mass., Aug 22, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the recent feast of the Assumption, a young U.S. woman became a novice with a traditional religious order after she saw their devotion to Mary and counter-cultural witness to Christ.Taking the name Sister Marie-Celine, Erin Kelly joined the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, an order in Massachusetts that focuses on Marian devotion according to Saint Louis de Montfort.“The sisters and brothers were the ones, by their … [Read more...]

Philadelphia archdiocese plans to sell nursing homes

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 22, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced plans to sell its nursing homes and to outsource the management of its cemeteries, citing a major deficit in its operating funds. “Our difficult financial situation must be addressed and the actions that we need to take may be painful ones,” Archbishop Charles Chaput said Aug. 20. “I understand this fact fully, but it is of critical importance that we rebuild our financial … [Read more...]

Gentleness key to dialogue, Pope tells Japanese students

Vatican City, Aug 22, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA).- Pope Francis told a group of young Japanese students and their teachers that gentleness is essential in order to foster peace and fruitful dialogue with other cultures. “What is the deepest attitude we must have to dialogue, and not fight?” he asked them. “Gentleness, the capacity to meet people and cultures with peace.” The students and professors present traveled from Tokyo for their Aug. 21 meeting with the Pope. They … [Read more...]