Despite remaining challenges, DC Catholic schools improved

Washington D.C., Sep 17, 2013 / 05:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new report on Catholic education in the Washington archdiocese shows significant gains, particularly in funding, in recent years, though local Catholic schools still face challenges. “In a particular way, significant strides have been made in recent years financially to support Catholic schools; but there is still much work to be done on the part of all of us,” stated Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, … [Read more...]

European bishops warned of growing restrictions on religion

Strasbourg, France, Sep 17, 2013 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During their first meeting in Strasbourg, France, held Sept. 12-14, the legal advisors to the European Bishops’ Conference warned of an increase in legal restrictions against religious freedom.More than 30 delegates representing 22 bishops’ conferences in Europe attended the meeting.Discussions during the gathering focused on conscientious objection, freedom of expression and freedom to receive religions education. … [Read more...]

Vatican analyst: Pope distanced himself from liberation theology

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a meeting on Monday with priests from the Diocese of Rome, Pope Francis reportedly suggested that he does not support the version of liberation theology represented by Peruvian priest Father Gustavo Gutierrez.In a post for his Italian-language blog Settimo Cielo, Vatican analyst Sandro Magister said the Holy Father distanced himself from Archbishop Gerhard Muller – the current prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of … [Read more...]

Church is like a widow seeking her husband, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 17, 2013 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church militant is similar to a widow and progresses through history searching for her divine spouse Jesus Christ, Pope Francis preached in his homily for daily Mass Sept. 17.The widow of Naim in Scripture is “an icon of the Church, because the Church is in a certain sense a widow,” the Holy Father said at the chapel of the Vatican's Domus Sanctae Marthae, reflecting on the day's Gospel.“The Bridegroom is … [Read more...]

Catholic Charities prepares aid for Colo. flood victims

Denver, Colo., Sep 17, 2013 / 03:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic relief agencies in Colorado are assembling to provide long-term assistance for victims of the massive floods that have struck the state’s Front Range in the past week.“It’s just been devastating,” said Geoff Bennett, vice president of shelter and community outreach for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver.“It’s sad to see people losing their homes and in some cases people losing … [Read more...]

Bishops praise CRS for Catholic identity training, screening

Washington D.C., Sep 17, 2013 / 01:08 am (CNA).- Following criticism of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops have reaffirmed their support for the agency, applauding its “very strong training program” and “careful” vetting process for partnerships with other groups.“Through CRS, the Catholic Church in the United States helps the poorest of the poor around the world in response to the call of the Gospel, based on the teachings of the Church and following the … [Read more...]