DC cardinal highlights role of prayer in Syria resolution

Washington D.C., Sep 9, 2013 / 05:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Joining in a global day of prayer for peace in Syria, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., urged Catholics to stand strong in their faith despite the threat of violence and evil in the world.“The Church always calls us to prayer,” Cardinal Wuerl said in his homily. “Particularly in moments of crisis we turn to prayer.”At this particular moment in history, he continued, we pray especially for … [Read more...]

Church in Colombia convenes national peace pilgrimage

Bogotá, Colombia, Sep 9, 2013 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- The Colombian bishops are inviting the faithful of their country to take part in a pilgrimage for peace and reconciliation during the national Week for Peace this month.“Peace has been one of the great concerns of the Church throughout the centuries,” said Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota, president of the Colombian Bishops Conference.The pilgrimage – which began Sept. 8 – comes after the initiation of peace … [Read more...]

Pope Francis continues peace appeals on Twitter

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2013 / 01:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a global day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria and throughout the world, Pope Francis is continuing his calls for peace, hope and negotiations through messages on social media.“Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace!” he exclaimed on Twitter Sept. 9.“I ask each party to follow decisively and courageously the path of encounter and negotiation,” he said, … [Read more...]

Pope calls single mother, offers to baptize her child

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made a personal phone call to a young Italian woman facing a difficult pregnancy, applauding her bravery in choosing life for her child and offering to baptize the baby.Anna Romero, a 35-year-old woman from central Italy, was on vacation when she received a phone call from the Pope. She had written the pontiff earlier this summer, describing her anguish at discovering that she had become pregnant by a man who – unknown … [Read more...]

Taking sides in Syria conflict ‘unreasonable,’ bishop says

Lincoln, Neb., Sep 9, 2013 / 10:08 am (CNA).- Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln says that a solution to the violence in Syria must be achieved, not through more violence or “taking sides” with one of the warring factions, but by speaking the truth “boldly.”“I am not a politician, or a military strategist. I am only a pastor,” he wrote in a Sept. 7 column. “But I know we cannot solve the violence of Syria with more violence.”On the occasion of … [Read more...]