Catholic bishops urge US to oppose massive food aid cuts

Washington D.C., Sep 15, 2013 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic bishops have asked the U.S. House of Representatives to reject $40 billion in proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program.“Adequate and nutritious food is a fundamental human right and a basic need that is integral to protecting the life and dignity of the human person,” said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., in a letter to the members of the Hou … [Read more...]

Panel explores link between sex-selection, abuse of women

Washington D.C., Sep 14, 2013 / 04:39 pm (CNA).- A recent hearing before members of the U.S. House of Representatives examined the gender imbalance in India and its connection to human trafficking and mistreatment of women in the country.“Sex-selective abortion and female infanticide have led to lopsided sex ratios,” said Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.). “In parts of India, for example, 126 boys are born for every 100 girls.”“This in turn leads to a shortage of women, which then leads to … [Read more...]

Pope praises newly beatified Argentine ‘cowboy priest’

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2013 / 02:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the occasion the beatification of Fr. José Gabriel Brochero of Cordoba, Argentina, known to locals as the “cowboy priest,” Pope Francis praised him for his open heart.“Brochero was a normal man, fragile, like any of us,” said Pope Francis.  But his greatness came from the fact that, “he knew the love of Jesus. He let his heart be touched by the mercy of God.”Born in 1840 and ordained to the priesthood at age 26, Fr. Brochero was k … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: mystery of the Cross is bittersweet

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2013 / 01:19 pm (CNA).- On the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, Pope Francis devoted his daily homily to considering both the bitterness of suffering and the beauty of sacrifice present in the mystery of the Cross.“Today we look upon the Cross, the story of mankind and the story of God. We look upon this Cross, where you can try that honey of aloe, that bitter honey, that bitter sweetness of the sacrifice of Jesus,” said Pope Francis to the congregation at Domus San … [Read more...]

Gossip is a form of murder, Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his morning Mass homily in Santa Marta, Pope Francis focused on the topic of gossip – saying that when we participate in this sin, we imitate Cain's gesture in killing his brother Abel.The Pope began his homily Sept. 13 by echoing the words of Jesus in the gospel reading, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”He spoke for a few minutes on the virtue of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis beatifies Argentine ‘cowboy priest’

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sept. 14, Pope Francis beatified Fr. José Gabriel Brochero of Cordoba, Argentina, known to locals as the “cowboy priest.”“Brochero was a normal man, fragile, like any of us,” said Pope Francis.  But his greatness came from the fact that, “he knew the love of Jesus. He let his heart be touched by the mercy of God.”Born in 1840 and ordained to the priesthood at age 26, Fr. Brochero was … [Read more...]

Haiti children’s home to open in honor of Argentine priest

Port au Prince, Haiti, Sep 14, 2013 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A rehabilitation clinic for the handicapped in Port-au-Prince will soon be opened in honor of Father Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, an Argentinean priest who will be beatified Sept.14.The new clinic will be called “Kay Gabriel,” which means “Gabriel’s House.” The inspiration behind the initiative is an Argentine physical therapist named Norma Lopez, who has been working in Haiti since the earthquake in 2010 that devastated t … [Read more...]


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