Approach dialogue with respect, bishop tells US leaders

Washington D.C., Oct 8, 2013 / 05:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Supreme Court justices and government officials at an annual Mass invoking the Holy Spirit's aid were reminded of the important role of respectful dialogue in the search for truth and unity.“We can and should debate, refine positions, truly listen to each other and seek consensus on essentials and respect details that may well be different,” Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas preached at the 61st annual Red Mass in … [Read more...]

Catholic Charities rejects controversial ‘Ghost burger’ donation

Chicago, Ill., Oct 8, 2013 / 04:39 pm (CNA).- Catholic Charities of Chicago has rejected a $1,500 donation from a local restaurant which drew offense by releasing a burger topped with an unconsecrated host. On Oct. 1, Kuma’s Corner announced its new “Ghost burger,” a cheeseburger topped with red wine reduction and an unconsecrated “Communion Wafer garnish,” which the restaurant parenthetically described as the body and blood of Christ. The burger was … [Read more...]

Next bishops’ synod to explore pastoral care of family

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2013 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See press office has announced the date and theme of the upcoming Synod of Bishops, which is slated to occur next fall and will address the pastoral approach to family issues. Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi announced Tuesday that the synod will be held from Oct. 5-19 in 2014, during which the bishops will reflect on the theme of “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” The … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: prayer is not simply saying words ‘like a parrot’

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2013 / 09:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis touched on the importance of prayer and forgiveness in the life of a Christian, warning against common attitudes which “close the door” to God. “The Lord tells us: 'the first task in life is this: prayer.' But not the prayer of words, like a parrot; but the prayer, the heart: gazing on the Lord, hearing the Lord, asking the Lord,” said the pontiff during his Oct. 8 daily … [Read more...]

Kazakhstan bishop urges greater devotion to Eucharist

Vatican City, Oct 8, 2013 / 04:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Athanasius Schneider has recently published his second book on Eucharistic devotion in the hopes that it will foster greater reverence for the sacrament amongst the faithful of his diocese. “It is necessary to give a good catechism on what the Eucharist is because we have to be aware of it. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman 'if you knew the gift of God,'” the bishop said in a Sept. 27 interview with … [Read more...]

Government shutdown threatens military Masses, chaplains

Washington D.C., Oct 8, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. government shutdown continues, lawmakers are being urged to authorize the celebration of Mass by contract priests, who could otherwise face arrest for their routine ministry on military bases.      “Until the Federal Government resumes normal operations, or an exemption is granted to contract and (government services) priests, Catholic services are indefinitely suspended” at many military … [Read more...]

Catholics in Hiroshima mark 90th diocesan anniversary

Hiroshima, Japan, Oct 8, 2013 / 02:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Hiroshima is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year with programs for spiritual renewal, a focus on priestly vocations, and an effort to draw attention to local martyrs.“Our series of faith renewal programs has boosted devotion, in reaffirming our life and renewal during the Year of Faith,” Fr. Harada, chancellor of the Hiroshima diocese, told CNA Oct. 2.In May, Bishop Thomas Maeda of Hiroshima … [Read more...]