Pope Francis: the Church nurtures, loves us as a mother

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2013 / 11:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told thousands gathered for his weekly general audience that the Church is like our mother, who gives life to and nurtures the faithful.“Today I wish to continue our catechesis on the Church by reflecting on an image used by the early Fathers and the Second Vatican Council: the Church as our Mother,” he said. “By reflecting on the human experience of maternity, we understand that the Church is like our own … [Read more...]

German bishop says ‘forces at work’ against Bishop Tebartz

Rome, Italy, Sep 11, 2013 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A German bishop has voiced his support of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, who made headlines recently for being accused of leading a luxurious lifestyle.“There are forces at work that I cannot see, so everything is a bit puzzling for me,” Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer said on Sept. 11 during a conference for new bishops in Rome.“I know him personally and I consider him a modest man,” the Bishop of … [Read more...]

Scott Hahn calls Year of Faith book release ‘holy coincidence’

Denver, Colo., Sep 11, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a talk given in the Archdiocese of Denver, Dr. Scott Hahn of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology detailed his new book “Consuming the Word,” while highlighting the importance of the Year of Faith.The Franciscan University professor said he had already been working on the book’s release as a follow up to bestsellers, “The Lamb’s Supper” and “Letter and Spirit” before then-Pope … [Read more...]

Catholic League urges veto of ‘discriminatory’ Calif. abuse bill

Sacramento, Calif., Sep 11, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- California Gov. Jerry Brown should veto an abuse lawsuit bill that is “flagrantly discriminatory” and “targeted at the Catholic Church,” says Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.“Going after the Catholic schools today for cases of abuse that took place decades ago, while exempting the public schools – at a time when there is a serious problem with the sexual … [Read more...]

‘Papal bounce’ credited for increase in British confessions

London, England, Sep 11, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic clergy in England and Wales say more people are going to confession, and many credit both Pope Francis' election and Benedict XVI's 2010 papal visit for inspiring the trend.“This summer there has been a marked difference in demand compared to last summer...We don’t usually offer confessions in August but have done this year,” one priest said in response to a telephone survey conducted by the Catholic … [Read more...]

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...]