Pastors of Aurora churches comfort, encourage parishioners

Aurora, Colo., Jul 23, 2012 / 08:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The pastor of an Aurora parish mourning the death of one of their own in a July 20 mass shooting, reassured parishioners of the hope they can find in Christ – even in the darkest times. “The sun rises in the east,” said Father Terry Kissell of St. Michael the Archangel Parish during Mass July 22, referencing Aurora’s location east of Denver. “Though there is darkness and confusion and pain, we … [Read more...]

Catholics to mark opening of Olympic Games with Masses

London, England, Jul 22, 2012 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in England and Wales will celebrate special Masses to open the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games, which begin on July 27. James Parker, Catholic Executive Coordinator for the 2012 Games, said many past Olympians and sports professionals from across the world and the London area are Catholics who “take in the thrill of the games.” “These men and women better than most know the importance of … [Read more...]

50-year member: Catholic Daughters offers friendships, service

Omaha, Neb., Jul 22, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).-  Any guest in Josephine Valasek's midtown apartment quickly discovers what's important to the 89-year-old member of St. Cecilia Parish in Omaha: faith and family.A crucifix and a picture of Our Lady of Czestochowa hang on the hallway wall, and dozens of photographs of her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews are framed on shelves or taped on cabinet and refrigerator doors.“I just love to spoil them,” … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict ‘deeply shocked’ by Aurora tragedy

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Jul 22, 2012 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is “deeply shocked by the senseless violence” carried out by a lone gunman who injured 58 people and claimed the lives of 12 more when he attacked the crowd in an Aurora, Colo. cinema on July 20. “I share the distress of the families and friends of the victims and the injured, especially the children. Assuring all of you of my closeness in prayer, I impart my blessing as a … [Read more...]

Lebanese hermit St. Charbel remembered July 24

Denver, Colo., Jul 22, 2012 / 06:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On July 24, the Catholic Church celebrates the life of St. Charbel Makhlouf, a Maronite Catholic priest, monk, and hermit who is known for working miracles both during his life and after his death.On the occasion of his beatification in 1965, the Eastern Catholic hermit was described by Pope Paul VI as “ a new, eminent member of monastic sanctity,” who “through his example and his intercession is enriching the entire … [Read more...]

US bishops’ relief agency defends alliance with aid organization

Washington D.C., Jul 21, 2012 / 05:02 pm (CNA).- Catholic Relief Services, the official overseas relief agency for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, says that it worked with a leading Catholic bioethics group in conducting careful reviews to ensure that its funding decisions were in alignment with Church teaching. “Catholic Relief Services, in communion with the Church, strictly upholds Catholic moral teaching,” the organization said.“All of the CRS programs and … [Read more...]

Home is where the box is

Camden, N.J., Jul 21, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Sisters Brianna and Danielle Breen look out of the roof of the cardboard dwelling where they spent the night at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Sicklerville, on Saturday, March 31. The “Cardboard City” event, which included participants from St. Charles and Sts. Peter and Paul, Turnersville, was designed to teach young people about the plight of the homeless. Last weekend, youth from two parishes came together to build … [Read more...]