Italy’s bishops help the poor through a ‘Loan for Hope’ microcredit

Rome, Italy, Mar 5, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Italian bishops conference relaunched on Monday its microcredit initative for families and small businesses, a program first begun in 2009 in response to the global financial crisis. In the last four years, the “Loan for Hope” program has distributed more than $29 million in loans to families and small companies in Italy. It is carried out through the Intesa San Paolo Bank, on behalf of the Italian bishops and Caritas … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Pell’s Vatican economy office gets new statutes

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2015 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Statutes for the Vatican's three finanical oversight bodies were released earlier this week, largely consolidating the influence of the Secretariat for the Economy and its prefect, Cardinal George Pell. Signed by Pope Francis Feb. 22 and having come into effect March 1, the statutes of the Council for the Economy, the Secretariat for the Economy, and the Office for the General Auditor provided a legal framework to the three new … [Read more...]

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Saints in the Little Flower family grow as parents set for canonization

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2015 / 03:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week it was informally announced to journalists that the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, will be canonized this year in the same month as the synod on the family. “Thanks to God in October two spouses will be canonized: the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux,” Angelo Amato Cardinal Amato said during a Feb. 27 encounter organized by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Entitled “What … [Read more...]

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Cardinal George admitted to hospital for tests, evaluation

Chicago, Ill., Mar 4, 2015 / 01:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After being dropped from a cancer drug trial over a month ago, Cardinal Francis George, retired archbishop of Chicago, has been admitted to the hospital for testing and further evaluation of his health. On Sunday, March 1, Cardinal George was received at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. His stay is expected to last for several days, where he will undergo various tests to assess his current state of wellbeing, … [Read more...]

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Alabama Supreme Court orders halt on ‘gay marriage’ licenses

Mobile, Ala., Mar 4, 2015 / 10:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday night halted the illegal distribution of marriage licenses to people of the same sex, setting up a potential constitutional conflict with a federal judge who imposed “gay marriage” on the state. Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, praised the ruling that state officials must follow Alabama laws defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman. “A … [Read more...]

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Pope slams culture of waste, says it’s ‘a mortal sin’ to discard elderly

Rome, Italy, Mar 4, 2015 / 05:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his general audience Pope Francis condemned modern society for silently disposing of the elderly, saying that a civilization which views them only as burdensome is ‘perverse’ and ill. “It is a mortal sin to discard our elderly…The elderly are not aliens. We are them – in a short or in a long while we are inevitably them, even though we choose not to think about it,” the Pope told pilgrims present in … [Read more...]

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Would you recognize ‘Homeless Jesus’ on a park bench in DC?

Washington D.C., Mar 4, 2015 / 04:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A statue of “Homeless Jesus” now sits just outside Catholic Charities in downtown Washington, D.C., with the organization’s president hoping it will spur passers-by to service. “My hope is it would just remind us all that there’s a population out there that needs our help and assistance, and that we meet Jesus in them. We meet Jesus in those in need,” said the president and CEO of Catholic Charities … [Read more...]

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