Ukrainian archbishop calls for solidarity amid instability

Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb 25, 2014 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of political changes unfolding after months of violent conflict, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has praised those who have given aid to the country, and warned that the danger of civil war is not yet over. “I would like to ask Europeans to wake up because what is happening in Ukraine, sooner or later, will touch all of you. Because Ukraine is part of Europe,” Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk … [Read more...]

Court denies HHS mandate protection for Notre Dame

South Bend, Ind., Feb 25, 2014 / 03:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Chicago appellate court has upheld a previous ruling denying Notre Dame University legal protections while it moves forward in challenging the federal contraception mandate. “We imagine that what the university wants is an order forbidding [insurer and plan administrator] Aetna and Meritain to provide any contraceptive coverage to Notre Dame staff or students pending final judgment in the district court,” wrote Judge … [Read more...]

War and conflict come from our own hearts, Pope warns

Vatican City, Feb 25, 2014 / 03:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In homily at Tuesday’s Mass, Pope Francis mourned the victims of the many small wars taking place in the world, stating that in the face of these tragedies, we should grow closer to God and strive for peace. “'Where do the wars and conflicts among you come from? Maybe from your passions?' In the heart!” the Pope emphasized in his Feb. 25 Mass, echoing the words of St. James from the day's first … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: riches are good, if used for people’s sake

Vatican City, Feb 25, 2014 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his preface to a new book authored by Cardinal Mueller, Pope Francis stresses that money is itself a good tool when it broadens our opportunities, but it can also turn against the human person. “Money is an instrument that in some ways … prolongs and increases the capacity of human freedom, allowing it to work in the world, to act, to bear fruit,” Pope Francis wrote in the preface to “Poor for the Poor: The … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan anticipates attacks over handling of sex abuse

New York City, N.Y., Feb 25, 2014 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an attempt to both anticipate and deflect “potentially negative publicity,” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York has written a defense of his time as an auxiliary bishop of the St. Louis archdiocese. “You know how I always try to alert you to any potentially negative publicity about the Church, or about me. Well, there could be some,” the cardinal wrote in a Feb. 18 blog post. He noted that the … [Read more...]

‘We are brothers,’ Pope stresses in message to Pentecostals

Fort Worth, Texas, Feb 25, 2014 / 09:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis sent a video message to a gathering of U.S. Pentecostal leaders, voicing his “yearning” that separation between Catholics and other Christians may end. “We have a lot of cultural riches and religious riches. And we have diverse traditions,” he said. “But we have to encounter one another as brothers.” “Let’s give each other a spiritual embrace and let God complete the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Kurtz sees ‘great thirst’ for Christ in US

Rome, Italy, Feb 25, 2014 / 04:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, says he has witnessed a strong desire for the Catholic Church among people in the United States. “There are so many opportunities where people are thirsting: young people who are preparing for Confirmation, young adults who are searching, people of every age,” Archbishop Kurtz said. “There’s a great thirst, I think, of … [Read more...]