Senate urged to create envoy for Christians in Middle East

Washington D.C., Mar 7, 2014 / 03:13 pm (CNA).- A Catholic bishop and a Baptist pastor urged members of the U.S. Senate to address the “dire situation” facing Christians in the Middle East, proposing a special religious freedom envoy to the region. Increased “religious hostilities” around the world, “but particularly in the Middle East” leads Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Russell D. Moore to “believe that a Special Envoy is needed to focus on the … [Read more...]

Prayer at center of Ukrainian Catholic response to crisis

Kyiv, Ukraine, Mar 7, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prayer and respect for the dignity of all persons are at the core of the Ukrainian Catholic response to the upheavals in Ukraine, a prelate of the tradition in the U.S. has said. “What a beautiful example for all of us in the free world -- the centrality of faith in people’s struggle for human dignity,” Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia told CNA March 5. The Ukrainian Greek … [Read more...]

Pope: we will be judged by our behavior towards others

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2014 / 02:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis dedicated his daily homily to the virtue of charity, stressing that we shouldn't be “ashamed” to touch those who suffer, and cautioned against turning our faith into a mere ritual. “Don’t be ashamed of the flesh of our brother, it’s our flesh! We will be judged by the way we behave towards this brother, this sister,” the Pope emphasized in his March 7 daily Mass. Speaking to those … [Read more...]

US bishops to tour Mexico border, say Mass for fallen migrants

Washington D.C., Mar 7, 2014 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- American bishops will gather in Arizona at the end of March to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and offer a Mass in memory of migrant persons who have died trying to gain entry into the United States. “We exhibit our own indifference when we minimize or ignore this suffering and death, as if these people are not worth our attention. It degrades us as a nation,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and … [Read more...]

Chicago cardinal says cancer appears to be active again

Chicago, Ill., Mar 7, 2014 / 11:13 am (CNA).- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago told his archdiocese that Lent finds him in “poor health” as cancer in his right kidney that was dormant for over a year is “showing signs of new activity.” “While I am not experiencing symptoms of cancer at this time, this is a difficult form of the disease, and it will most probably eventually be the cause of my death,” he wrote in his most recent column for the Catholic New … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput confident of papal visit to Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pa., Mar 7, 2014 / 10:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said he has “great confidence” that Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families, to be held in the city in September 2015. The archbishop said March 7 a Pennsylvania delegation will visit the Vatican and meet with Pope Francis to share the “great excitement and momentum” surrounding the Eighth World Meeting of Families, to be held Sept. 22-27 of next … [Read more...]

Priest clarifies misconceptions on Pope’s civil union remarks

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2014 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest connected with the Vatican press office addressed Pope Francis' recent words on civil unions in an interview, noting that his comments were general and did not imply a change in Church doctrine. “There have been numerous questions, calls and messages throughout the day today regarding Pope Francis' recent interview in the Italian daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera, particularly referring to the section on marriage … [Read more...]