US weighs military action in Syria as bishops call for dialogue

Washington D.C., Aug 30, 2013 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Top U.S. officials say they are still considering a “narrow” military response to the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria, as a representative of the U.S. bishops urges negotiations aimed at peace.“We will continue talking to the Congress, talking to our allies and, most importantly, talking to the American people,” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in an Aug. 30 address.While the option of a … [Read more...]

New Philippines campaign seeks to help typhoon victims

Manila, Philippines, Aug 30, 2013 / 04:27 pm (CNA).- The Augustinian Recollects in the Philippines have organized a campaign to assist the nearly one million people in Manila and various provinces on Luzon Island affected by recent storms.Earlier this month, Manila and surrounding areas were devastated by severe flooding caused by a powerful typhoon, which intensified the effects of the area's monsoon rains.Last week, it was reported by local authorities that roughly 60 percent of the … [Read more...]

Legionary named as secretary general of Vatican City government

Vatican City, Aug 30, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Aug. 30, Pope Francis appointed Father Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, a member of the Legionaries of Christ, to be the new secretary general of the Governorate of Vatican City State. The position is the Vatican's number-two administrator, and was vacated last Saturday, Aug. 24, when Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca was transferred to the Apostolic Signatura. Fr. Vérgez will serve under the president of the Vatican City … [Read more...]

Augustinian order to focus on evangelizing Europe, youth

Rome, Italy, Aug 30, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Augustinian order is working on devising ways to evangelize secularized Europe and young people during the next few years, said members at the group’s meeting in Rome.“Since we’re spread out in many different countries with many different governmental organizations, it’s important for us to stress our unity and the way we want to work together and present ourselves to the wider Church,” explained the … [Read more...]

Bishops’ immigration outreach based on ‘pastoral’ concern

Washington D.C., Aug 30, 2013 / 04:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Underlying an effort by U.S. bishops to coordinate messages on the need for comprehensive immigration reform is a profound sense of pastoral care, said an official at the bishops’ conference.“Sometimes (the bishops) are criticized that they're encouraging lawbreaking, but the fact is, these folks are here, and their families are getting separated, and what the bishops are trying to do is change the law so they can help … [Read more...]

Mexican bishops praise ‘invaluable’ contributions of seniors

Mexicali, Mexico, Aug 30, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The leadership of the bishops’ conference of Mexico has praised senior citizens for their “invaluable contribution to the family and to society,” criticizing negative views of the aged.   Cardinal Jose Robles Ortega, Archbishop of Guadalajara, speaking on behalf of his fellow bishops, discussed the role of seniors in a message for Mexico’s Senior Citizens' Day, celebrated Aug. 28.   The bishops … [Read more...]

Vatican cardinal: peace among religions possible in Middle East

Vatican City, Aug 30, 2013 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The cardinal who heads the Vatican’s interreligious dialogue department said that religious differences in the Middle East do not necessitate violence.“This is the place where the three monotheistic religions meet, and they have the possibility to build up society,” Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran told CNA on Aug. 29. “The problem is when religion becomes politics.”Cardinal Tauran was secretary of the … [Read more...]


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