New Supreme Court injunction benefits Little Sisters

Washington D.C., Jan 24, 2014 / 04:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new injunction from the U.S. Supreme Court will protect the Little Sisters of the Poor from the demands of the contraception mandate while the group’s case works its way through the court system. Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is helping represent the Little Sisters in court, said Jan. 24 that he was “delighted” by the order. “The government has lots of ways to … [Read more...]

New auxiliary bishop named for Sacramento

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2014 / 03:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced that Msgr. Myron Joseph Cotta of Fresno has been assigned as the new auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Sacramento, Calif. “I am humbled by the faith the Holy Father and the papal nuncio have placed in me,” said Bishop-designate Cotta in a Jan. 24 press release announcing his appointment. “As I prepare to leave the Diocese of Fresno, I thank God for the call to the episcopacy and for the … [Read more...]

Mexican bishops call for solution amid Michoacan violence

Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 24, 2014 / 12:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Mexican bishops called on government leaders to find a comprehensive solution to the violence that is afflicting the country, especially in the drug-laden state of Michoacan. In a statement issued Jan. 21 by the executive committee of the Mexican Bishops' Conference, the prelates urged authorities to bring to an end “the violence that is afflicting so many persons and families, so that citizens can live in peace, … [Read more...]

New Harrisburg, Pa. bishop ‘stunned’ by appointment

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2014 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced that Bishop Ronald Gainer will be leaving his post in Lexington, Ky. to take the helm in the diocese of Harrisburg, Pa. – a transfer which is both a surprise and a joy. “While I was completely surprised and, quite frankly, stunned by the news of my transfer, I willingly and happily accept our Supreme Pastor’s decision as God’s will for us and for me,” Bishop Gainer stated in a Jan. 24 … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: swallow ‘toads’ of pride in order to dialogue

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2014 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of being humble in order to dialogue with others, and emphasized that we should not build “walls” that can foster resentment with others. “Humility, meekness, becoming all things to everyone and also – but this is not written in the Bible – all of us know that to do these things you have to swallow so many toads. But, we must do it,” the Pope … [Read more...]

Church in New Mexico criticizes assisted suicide ruling

Albuquerque, N.M., Jan 24, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A New Mexico judge was wrong to rule that there is a “right” to doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, a spokesman for the New Mexico Catholic bishops has said. “What people have a right to is a right to good medicine and to a good doctor who helps them. We would never concede that there’s a right to take somebody’s life,” Allen Sanchez, executive director of the New Mexico … [Read more...]

Opus Dei bishop’s beatification set for Madrid

Vatican City, Jan 24, 2014 / 12:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the second leader of Opus Dei, will be beatified in his birthplace of Madrid on Sept. 27, the Vatican has announced. The current Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría, said the Vatican’s Jan. 21 announcement of the beatification ceremony was a “moment of profound joy.” He said Bishop del Portillo “loved and served the Church so much.” Cardinal Angelo Amato, … [Read more...]