South Korea’s cardinal-designate: a descendent of martyrs

Seoul, South Korea, Feb 6, 2014 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, who will be given the red hat of a cardinal Feb. 22, is himself descended from Koreans who shed their blood as martyrs for the faith in the 19th century. The red of the biretta given to cardinals symbolizes their own willingness to be martyred for the faith – though St. John Fisher, executed by Henry VIII for refusing to follow him into the Anglican schism, is the only cardinal to have been in … [Read more...]

Pope’s Harley, leather jacket auctioned for over $350,000

Rome, Italy, Feb 6, 2014 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Feb. 6, Pope Francis’ autographed Harley Davidson motorcycle and leather jacket were auctioned in France, bringing in more than $350,000 for a local charity in Rome. Presented to the Pope last June when Rome hosted the 110th anniversary celebration of the iconic American motorcycle, the Harley Davidson autographed by the pontiff was auctioned off at 210,000 euros – $284,000 – plus fees, which is nearly 15 times its … [Read more...]

United Nations’ report on Vatican sparks backlash in US

Washington D.C., Feb 6, 2014 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Catholic leaders criticized a United Nations committee report for trying to impose secular moral views and failing to acknowledge advancements made by the Church in the area of child protection. Austen Ivereigh, founder of Catholic Voices, an organization of lay faithful who defend the Church's teaching in the public sphere, called the report “ignorant and misguided.” He said that it “betrays an … [Read more...]

Pope urges faithful to pray for the grace of dying in hope

Vatican City, Feb 6, 2014 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis reflected on the moment of our death, remarking on the beauty of dying in unity with the Church and inviting the faithful to reflect on what legacy they will leave behind. “Trusting God begins now, in the small things in life, but also in great problems: always trusting the Lord! And so one makes this habit of trusting in the Lord and hope grows. To die at home, to die in hope,” the Pope said … [Read more...]

Legionaries of Christ elect new leaders, issue apology

Rome, Italy, Feb 6, 2014 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Legionaries of Christ revealed the names of their new general council on Feb. 6, also issuing a formal apology to those hurt by the immoral actions of their founder. The announcement of the new superiors comes in wake of the Legionaries’ first General Chapter meeting, which began on Jan. 9, and was mandated by Benedict XVI in wake of the revelation of the double-life led by the congregation’s founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel, … [Read more...]

Rice bowl app aims to engage Catholics in Lent, fight hunger

Baltimore, Md., Feb 6, 2014 / 04:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Relief Services’ annual Rice Bowl Program has added a new mobile app and a social media-based photo challenge to help Catholics observe Lent and to boost participation in efforts to fight hunger. Eric Clayton, a rice bowl program officer with Catholic Relief Services, told CNA that the app will “give people a new way to experience Lent in a more immediate sense and in a more interactive … [Read more...]

Women’s rights activist among ‘Top 10′ of Vatican magazine

Vatican City, Feb 6, 2014 / 03:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reggie Littlejohn, known for her work opposing forced abortion and gendercide in China, has been named as one of “Inside the Vatican’s” “Top 10 People of 2013” for her heroic efforts in helping women. “This honor came as a complete shock to me.  I did not even know that I was being considered for this,” Littlejohn told CNA in a Feb. 5 interview, adding that “It’s a bit … [Read more...]