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...]

Pope and Jordanian king urge dialogue to end Syrian violence

Vatican City, Aug 29, 2013 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan on Thursday morning, giving special attention to the Syrian conflict at a time when Western countries are considering military action.Their Aug. 29 meeting reaffirmed the importance of dialogue and negotiation between all groups in Syrian society, L’Osservatore Romano reports. The meeting concluded that with the international community’s support, this dialogue … [Read more...]

Spanish religious sister remembered for devotion to immigrants

Barcelona, Spain, Aug 29, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Franciscan Sister Teresa Losada, known in Spain as “the nun of the immigrants,” died Aug. 25 at the age of 70 in the town of San Vicente dels Horts after a long battle with cancer.Mayor Oriol Junqueras of San Vicente dels Horts was among the hundreds who attended her funeral Mass. He said Sister Teresa’s life and work were “filled with values, wisdom, generosity and humility.”The town of San Vicente … [Read more...]

Rural children, families inspired by Thai diocesan program

Si Racha, Thailand, Aug 29, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In Thailand, the Diocese of Chanthaburi is reaching out to rural residents through a human development program offering assistance to families and children of all religions.“Kids need to be inspired to aspire, and especially rural kids, because unlike city kids they lack exposure and facilities,” Father Giuseppe Ekapop Phonmoon, director of the Chanthaburi diocese's office of Diocesan Social Action, told CNA.On … [Read more...]

‘Month of Martyrs’ in Korea draws praise from Pope Francis

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 29, 2013 / 10:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent a message today to South Korea praising the country's decision to proclaim September as the “Month of Martyrs.”“The Holy Father was pleased to learn that the Archdiocese of Seoul has proclaimed the month of Sept. 2013 the 'Month of Martyrs' in commemoration of those who laid down their lives for the Gospel in Korea,” read an Aug. 29 statement from the Vatican.“His … [Read more...]


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