Colombians pray for baby girl who awoke in morgue

Bogotá, Colombia, Nov 19, 2013 / 12:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Updated on Nov. 19, 2013 at 3:29 p.m. MST: It was confirmed on Tuesday that baby Milagros died on the morning of Nov. 18 after nearly a week of fighting for her life.In statements to CNA, the assistant manager of the Clinica Santa Teresita, Clemencia Castro, said the baby died from respiratory arrest after she was unable to respond to the efforts “of the medical and paramedical team.” Castro added that the clinic deeply … [Read more...]

Illinois bishop to pray publicly in reparation for gay marriage law

Springfield, Ill., Nov 19, 2013 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois has scheduled prayers of supplication and exorcism as reparation for the state's adoption of a law legalizing same-sex marriage.“It is scandalous that so many Catholic politicians are responsible for enabling the passage of this legislation and even twisting the words of the pope to rationalize their actions despite the clear teaching of the church,” Bishop Paprocki … [Read more...]

Pope Francis names new Fort Worth, Texas bishop

Fort Worth, Texas, Nov 19, 2013 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named Monsignor Michael F. Olson as the new bishop of Fort Worth, Texas, setting the priest on the path to become the second youngest bishop to head a diocese in the U.S.“I am very humbled and deeply moved by Pope Francis' appointment of me to serve as the Bishop of Fort Worth,” he said. “In a very special way, I am delighted to return home to the Diocese of Fort Worth to serve the priests, … [Read more...]

Conference leaders hone in on immigration, human trafficking issues

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2013 / 05:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a recent gathering, instructors of U.S. Catholic Conferences came together in Rome to discuss the most pressing issues they face, immigration and human trafficking being the top two.“One of the biggest emerging issues that we’re seeing, that’s at the state level but also in the United States…was the issue of human trafficking,” director Jenny Kraska told CNA in an Oct. 25 interview.Kraska is the … [Read more...]

Greatest obstacles to evangelization are ‘our own hearts’

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 19, 2013 / 04:06 am (CNA).- In the fight to eradicate material problems such as poverty and drugs, we must work to remove the spiritual obstacles in our own hearts, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.Speaking to Church leaders from across the Americas on Nov. 16, Archbishop Chaput noted that God is calling us “to build a new 'New World' – a world of mercy, justice, patience and love.”   “The biggest obstacle to … [Read more...]

US recognizes Boko Haram as terrorist group

Washington D.C., Nov 19, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- After lengthy advocacy from both human rights and Christian groups, the U.S. State Department has officially designated the Nigeria-based Islamist group Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization. “The State Department is right to finally respond to the calls of many in the international community who see this designation as clearly needed,” Benjamin Bull, chief counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, said Nov. 14. … [Read more...]

Human resources review expected in Vatican departments

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA).- At least 30 priests employed in Vatican departments may be removed from their posts and sent to dioceses in the following months, according to three different Vatican sources.   “The Congregation for Clergy will be the first of the list,” a Vatican source familiar with the congregation told CNA Nov. 14.   Four priests employed in the congregation have been called to serve in dioceses. Among them is Monsignor Luciano … [Read more...]