Cardinals: poverty, religious freedom are part of Church’s social message

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2013 / 01:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ message of concern for the poor is one that is echoed in the U.S., as part of a robust Catholic social teaching that cares for immigrants, the unborn and the religiously persecuted, said two cardinals.“The message has been so consistently a message of social concern,” explained Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C.He explained that “sometimes the spotlight will focus on one aspect of the … [Read more...]

Bishops asked to hold collection for Typhoon Haiyan relief

Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2013 / 12:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Bishops gathered at their fall general assembly in Baltimore were asked to hold a special collection for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which has caused devastation in Southeast Asia.The number of fatalities has been estimated at 10,000 in the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan one of the largest storms in recorded history, struck on Nov. 8.However, Dr. Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, said reports on the … [Read more...]

Synod, evangelization discussed at bishops’ meeting

Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2013 / 08:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During the first day of their fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops discussed themes and priorities for their work as a whole, including evangelization, the family and Catholic education.The bishops listened on Nov. 11 to remarks from apostolic nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò and conference president Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan on the importance of Christian witness and international religious freedom.They heard a … [Read more...]

Caritas aid agency provides relief to typhoon-wrecked Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Nov 11, 2013 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the devastating wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Caritas, a relief agency of the Church, has rushed to support victims through the distribution of food and first aid materials. “The devastation is awful and the situation is outrageously bad at the moment,” said Gilda Avedillo, program officer for Caritas Manila’s disaster risk reduction and management program.Avedillo told CNA on Nov. 11 that … [Read more...]