Syrian refugees find support from Catholic Relief Services

Washington D.C., Sep 10, 2013 / 05:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Unable to enter refugee camps run by the United Nations, many Syrians fleeing from violence in their home country have found basic necessities and ongoing support from Catholic Relief Services in nearby Lebanon.“When they come, they have nothing,” said Joan Rosenhauer, who serves as Catholic Relief Services’ executive vice president for U.S. Operations.“You can hardly imagine what it’s like as a parent … [Read more...]

Italian pastor donates used car to Pope Francis

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian pastor has donated a used Renault 4 with 186,000 miles to Pope Francis, in response to the exhortation he made to priests and seminarians in July to live simply and humbly.Father Renzo Roca, 69, who is pastor of St. Lucy Parish in Pescantina, wrote to the Holy Father offering to donate his car, according to news reports out of the Vatican.The car was delivered to the Pontiff on Sept. 7 at St. Martha’s Residence, … [Read more...]

New Polish ambassador says Pope ‘will not give up’ on Syria

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Poland's new Vatican ambassador Piotr Nowina-Konopka says that Pope Francis will not back down in helping resolve the Syrian conflict peacefully.“The Pope is very focused on this issue with a sort of passion,” Nowina-Konopka said. “When he speaks about war in Syria, you see immediately that he will not give up.”“The way he does it proves that he really believes that the Pope, the Church, Christians, … [Read more...]

Vatican source says Cardinal Bertone chose to resign early

Rome, Italy, Sep 10, 2013 / 12:21 pm (CNA).- Outgoing Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, chose to step down in advance of his anticipated replacement date after going undefended against accusations of corruption, according to a Vatican official.“[Cardinal Bertone] told the Pope he wanted to leave his post at an Aug. 15 lunch in Castel Gandolfo,” an official in the secretariat of state who asked for anonymity told CNA on Sep. 2.His retirement was expected no … [Read more...]

Pope Francis visits refugees at Jesuit center in Rome

Rome, Italy, Sep 10, 2013 / 10:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just two months after paying a visit to immigrants on the Italian island of Lampedusa, Pope Francis visited a group of refugees at a Jesuit-run center in Rome today.He met at the Church of the Gesù with refugees seeking asylum in Rome, as well as volunteers who help provide them with food, health care, social support and legal aid. At least 1,000 people gathered outside the Astalli Center, run by the Jesuit Refugee Service, … [Read more...]

Calif. advances abuse bill that could bankrupt Catholic dioceses

Los Angeles, Calif., Sep 10, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A California sex abuse bill that has been described as discriminatory against the Catholic Church has passed the legislature and is advancing to the governor’s desk.Last Friday, the bill passed the State Senate by a vote of 21-8 at the close of the legislative session, and opponents are now asking for a veto from California Governor Jerry Brown.The legislation would lift the statute of limitations on child sex abuse … [Read more...]

Bishop: Catholics must adjust to cultural bias against faith

Springfield, Ill., Sep 10, 2013 / 02:08 am (CNA).- Bishop Thomas J. Papropcki of Springfield, Ill., said that Catholics should be aware of an “unconscious hatred for the faith” as they seek to interact with the modern culture.In an interview with the Washington Times, published Sept. 3, the bishop reflected that in past generations, “many of the values in our secular world mirrored the values of the religious world.”“And I think what’s happening now is … [Read more...]