NY sex trafficking ring busted days before Super Bowl

New York City, N.Y., Jan 31, 2014 / 03:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of a sex trafficking and drug ring centered in New York City were arrested after the group advertised “party packs” of drugs and sex workers in advance of the Super Bowl. “While this investigation started a while ago, we've seen a serious uptick in activities in advance of the Super Bowl,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a Jan. 30 press conference. He explained that the … [Read more...]

Police recover stolen JPII relic, bishop forgives thieves

Rome, Italy, Jan 31, 2014 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian bishop has voiced forgiveness for those responsible for stealing a relic of the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II, soon after police announced the relic’s recovery. “I think John Paul has forgiven them. I think we have to do the same,” Auxiliary Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole of L’Aquila said a Jan. 31 press conference.   The relic is a small square-shaped piece of cloth of John Paul II’s … [Read more...]

Archbishop urges prayer for targeted Ukraine Christians

Philadelphia, Pa., Jan 31, 2014 / 01:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia called on Catholics to pray for the Church in Ukraine during the country's recent crisis and to support U.S. restrictions on its political and business leaders. “Silence from the United States encourages oppression in Ukraine. We can't let that happen, again, to fellow believers who bore so much suffering for so many decades,” Archbishop Chaput said Jan. 30. The … [Read more...]

Giving in to temptation dulls us to harm of sin, Pope warns

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2014 / 01:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis cautioned against the danger of when falling into temptation becomes habitual, saying that it dulls our ability to recognize sin and affects others in a negative way. “This can happen to all of us. All of us are sinners and all are tempted and temptation is our daily bread,” the Pope explained in his Jan. 31 homily. Beginning his homily, addressed to those present in the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

Letters to Pope read ‘with the heart,’ Vatican official says

Vatican City, Jan 31, 2014 / 07:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis receives a few thousand letters a week, which Correspondence Director Msgr. Giuliano Gallorini notes are read more with the pontiff’s “heart” than his “mind.” “He reads these letters more with the heart than with the mind; to share the suffering” of others, Msgr. Gallorini told Vatican Radio on Jan. 28. The letters, packages, drawings and objects that … [Read more...]

Walk inspires Wyoming students’ outreach to at-risk women

San Francisco, Calif., Jan 31, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- San Francisco's recent Walk for Life and Students for Life events inspired Wyoming Catholic College students to start an outreach to women in crisis pregnancies from nearby indigenous communities. “We went to the Students for Life Conference, and they were talking about how to battle pro-choice people on your campus, which we don't have to deal with,” Jordan Dunnaway, a senior at the liberal arts college in … [Read more...]

Apply Olympic spirit to your faith, Catholic writer advises

Minneapolis, Minn., Jan 31, 2014 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Those who have put discipline and hard work into sports – whether an Olympic gold medal or a fifth grade tournament – help show how Catholics should dedicate themselves to their faith, the author of a new book has said. Alyssa Bormes, author of “The Catechism of Hockey,” praised the Olympic Games’ displays of accomplishment and the “gorgeous unity of the human spirit.” “Somehow, … [Read more...]