Cardinal Turkson links care for environment, human life

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 30, 2013 / 12:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Respect for the environment is a matter of justice, connected to respect for human life and founded upon our relationship with God and his creation, said Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana.“The concern for the earth must go in tandem – side-by-side – with concern for human life itself,” he said.The cardinal, who heads the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, spoke last week to a group of pilgrims at … [Read more...]

Interfaith leaders support Israeli-Palestine peace talks

Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2013 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Leaders from various faiths, including three U.S. bishops, sent a letter of support to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for his promise to prioritize Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. "We support the President’s commitment to make Israeli-Palestinian peace a high priority of U.S. policy," said the July 26 letter. “Recognizing, as you do, that the passage of time makes achieving a viable two-state solution … [Read more...]

Polish pilgrims already anticipating Krakow 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 30, 2013 / 09:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With the final Mass of World Youth Day 2013 barely coming to a close, young people from Poland were already thinking about the next time the event will be held - in their home country.“I can’t wait,” said Ola Rzezinowska. “I think it’s going to be a really great experience. Krakow is an awesome city.”Born in Poland, Rzezinowska now lives in Chicago, but maintains close ties to her … [Read more...]

Pope joins in prayers for Italian bus crash victims

Rome, Italy, Jul 30, 2013 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has sent his “deepest condolences” and is offering “fervent prayers” as family and friends gathered today to mourn the 38 people who died in a tragic bus accident last Sunday. “Profoundly saddened by the news of the tragic accident, the Pope raises fervent prayers for the souls of the deceased and conveys his deepest condolences to their families,” reads a July 29 telegram sent by Secretary … [Read more...]

Franciscans of the Immaculate decree worries traditionalists

Rome, Italy, Jul 30, 2013 / 06:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Congregation for Religious, with the approval of Pope Francis, has appointed a commissioner to oversee the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and has restricted their celebration of the traditional Latin Mass, touching off a storm of speculation about the reasons and broader implications. The news of the decree was first reported by the veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister, who described the move as the first time that … [Read more...]

Young woman recalls deep pain, joy of immigrating to America

St. Louis, Mo., Jul 30, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A young woman who immigrated to the U.S. with her family from Guadalajara, Mexico, recalls the 11 years of paperwork granting them status in the country as a “huge, painful, interesting process.”In February, 20-year-old Sofía González was able to return to St. Louis, Missouri after U.S. immigration laws sent her away from her family and back to Mexico for nearly two years.González told CNA in a July … [Read more...]

‘Symbolon’ program aims to improve adult faith formation

Denver, Colo., Jul 30, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA).- The Denver-based Augustine Institute has launched its new Symbolon program aimed at improving adult faith formation overall, and in particular the process of welcoming converts into the Church.“This is a response to…the concern that many bishops and leaders of the catechetical world have about the crisis of faith that we're up against in everyday parish life,” Dr. Edward Sri, chancellor of the Augustine Institute, told CNA … [Read more...]