Fraternas: Living and serving with ‘the total security of God’

Los Angeles, Calif., Apr 1, 2014 / 05:09 pm (CNA).- At age 19, Maria Teresa Alva was already involved with the Christian Life Movement in her native Peru, when she met members of the Marian Community of Reconciliation, also known as “Fraternas” — laywomen who have consecrated themselves to God in order to serve others in the world.Founded in Peru by a consecrated layman in 1991, the Fraternas take on the commitments of obedience, celibacy and detachment from temporal goods … [Read more...]

Bishops say Mass at border fence to remember dead migrants

Tucson, Ariz., Apr 1, 2014 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of U.S. bishops visited the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday to say Mass in remembrance of migrants who died during their journey, calling attention to the humanitarian consequences of American immigration policy. "Human beings are dying on both sides of this wall," said Cardinal Séan O'Malley of Boston April 1. “We are judged by how we treat the most vulnerable among us,” he said during a news … [Read more...]

Indiana archbishop among those appointed to religious congregation

Indianapolis, Ind., Apr 1, 2014 / 12:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis as a member of the congregation of the Roman Curia that oversees vowed religious life. “Together with the other cardinals and archbishops named to the congregation, I will try to advise the Holy Father and the cardinal prefect of the congregation on questions regarding religious life around the world,” Archbishop Tobin told The Criterion, the Indianapolis … [Read more...]

Pope urges faithful not to lose apostolic zeal to spiritual sloth

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2014 / 08:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Tuesday, Pope Francis lamented the many Christians who close the door to God’s grace out of spiritual laziness, urging them to instead receive healing from the Lord so they can spread the Gospel. “This is the disease of sloth, the acedia of Christians. This attitude that is crippling the apostolic zeal, which makes Christian people stand still and at ease,” the Pope exclaimed in his April 1 … [Read more...]

My life is changed, says homeless woman on Rome pilgrimage

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2014 / 04:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During a six-day trip to the Eternal City, Clarissa Salazar, who until recently lived on the streets in the U.S., said the visit has made a lasting impact on her, and is something for which she is grateful. “It changed my life in a way I can't describe,” Salazar said of the pilgrimage, adding that “I came on this trip as an invitation because I was homeless for a long time and finally got my life … [Read more...]

LA’s ‘little ambassador’ to Pope recalls encounter

Vatican City, Apr 1, 2014 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Jersey Vargas, the 10 year old daughter of undocumented immigrants who traveled from Los Angeles to the Vatican to ask the Pope’s help for herself and children like her, said she is thrilled to have met him. “When I met the Pope I was very happy because he blessed me and told me he would talk to President Obama,” Vargas told CNA shortly after her March 26 meeting with Pope Francis. Vargas was chosen as the … [Read more...]

Child’s first 1,000 days critical to future health, experts say

Washington D.C., Apr 1, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The earliest days of a child's development, both in the womb and after birth, are essential to human development and are well within the reach of the development community's ability to address the problem, a House hearing said. “There is perhaps no wiser investment that we could make in the human person than to concentrate on ensuring that sufficient nutrition and health assistance is given during the first 1,000 days of … [Read more...]