Military Archdiocese garners vital support from special collection

Washington D.C., Nov 8, 2013 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new special collection as Masses throughout the U.S. offers crucial help for military chaplains administering sacraments and support to those serving in the U.S. Armed Forces throughout the world.“Thank you for making it possible for me to visit the flock entrusted to my pastoral care. Thank you for supporting the tireless work of the auxiliaries,” said Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military … [Read more...]

African Catholic bishops urge forgiveness, end to exploitation

Bujumbura, Burundi, Nov 8, 2013 / 04:24 pm (CNA).- African Catholic leaders in justice and peace have released a message encouraging spiritual renewal and condemning the exploitation of “the poorest and weakest.”“Like St. Paul, we invite you to let yourselves be reconciled with Christ, by spiritually renewing your minds and hearts in the promotion of the integral development of the person, to be able to say ‘no’ to the misery that surrounds us caused by our … [Read more...]

Faithful pray in Philippines as Typhoon Haiyan strikes

Manila, Philippines, Nov 8, 2013 / 02:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Typhoon Haiyan – one of the strongest storms in history – hit the islands of the Philippines today, the country's bishops called for prayers to be said for the safety of the nation's people.“We all know that Typhoon Yolanda,” as the storm is known in the Philippines, “is very strong and we pray that it would not really hit us or bring havoc to the country,” Archbishop Jose Palma of … [Read more...]

Year of Faith to be marked by exposition of St. Peter relics

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2013 / 10:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official announced that in anticipation of the close of the Year of Faith, the relics of the first Bishop of Rome will be exposed with the aim of re-awakening the faith of the first Christians. “A final culminating sign will consist in the exposition for the first time of the relics that tradition recognizes as those of the apostle that gave his life for the Lord,” Archbishop Rino Fisichella stated in a Nov. 8 … [Read more...]

Pope warns against ‘unclean bread’ of corruption

Vatican City, Nov 8, 2013 / 09:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass, Pope Francis cautioned those present to be aware the dangers of bribery, stating that those who are dishonest in their work deprive themselves of dignity."This man, this steward," said the Pope about the unjust steward from the day’s readings "he brought bread home, but how? He fed his children unclean bread!"The pontiff centered the reflections of his Nov. 8 homily, given in the … [Read more...]

Nigerian doctor laments growing plague of human trafficking

Rome, Italy, Nov 8, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Human trafficking is a major scourge to women and children that needs greater international attention, the head of a Catholic medical group in Nigeria told a gathering of experts in Rome.Dr. Henrietta Williams explained to CNA that “there is a lot of human trafficking going on” throughout the world.“A lot of measures have been put in place – you know, laws, border controls, all sorts of things,” she … [Read more...]

National pain-capable abortion ban introduced in Senate

Washington D.C., Nov 8, 2013 / 02:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Legislation that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, at which point science indicates that unborn babies are able to feel pain, has been presented in the U.S. Senate.“At twenty weeks, mothers are encouraged to speak and sing as the baby can recognize the voice of the mother,” said Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who introduced the bill at a Nov. 7 press conference.“The question for the American … [Read more...]