Catholic Charities helps with relief after Calif. quake

Napa Valley, Calif., Aug 26, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in northern California is helping respond to a major earthquake, which shook Napa Valley early Sunday morning, the largest earthquake to hit the area in 25 years. Jennielynn Holmes, director of shelter and housing for Catholic Charities in the area, said they are partnering with local emergency response programs to provide assistance. “There's a lot of cleanup going on right now,” she told CNA Aug. … [Read more...]

Iraqi refugees in desperate need of aid, relief worker says

Rome, Italy, Aug 26, 2014 / 02:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As summer comes to a close and colder temperatures approach, Iraqi refugees will increasingly rely upon the international community to meet their needs, an aid worker on the ground in Kurdistan said. Kris Ozar, head of programming for Catholic Relief Service Egypt, has been traveling back and forth from Erbil, where CRS is working to help the refugees there who are in great need. Ozar voiced concern that public authorities lack a plan … [Read more...]

Jewish leader blasts indifference to persecuted Christians

New York City, N.Y., Aug 26, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The leader of the World Jewish Congress slammed global apathy to persecution of Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world, saying more countries should be moved to action. “The general indifference to ISIS, with its mass executions of Christians and its deadly preoccupation with Israel, isn't just wrong; it's obscene,” wrote Ronald S. Lauder in an Aug. 19 New York Times editorial. “The … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ interfaith soccer match shows desire for peace

Vatican City, Aug 25, 2014 / 08:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest and close friend of Pope Francis says the pontiff's idea for an upcoming inter-religious soccer match for peace shows his keen interest in promoting the topic on all levels of society. “The hope is that after this football match, this sports event, there will be an impact that raises awareness for peace,” Father Guillermo Karcher told CNA Aug. 25, explaining to other journalists that “the Pope's concern … [Read more...]

Disgraced nuncio does not have immunity, Vatican counters

Vatican City, Aug 25, 2014 / 05:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican countered media reports that it protected a former nuncio who faces sex abuse charges through diplomatic immunity, saying instead that the Holy See acted justly and swiftly in the case. Father Federico Lombardi, director of Holy See Press Office, stated that former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic Josef Wesolowski – following charges and a guilty verdict of sexual misconduct – has been removed from his … [Read more...]

Baghdad bishop: Take a ‘real’ challenge by praying

Baghdad, Iraq, Aug 25, 2014 / 04:24 pm (CNA).- A bishop in Baghdad is challenging the faithful across the world to join in 30 minutes of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Aug. 26 for peace in Iraq and for refugees of violence in the country. Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna of Baghdad issued the challenge in a video posted to Facebook. “It started days ago, when people from different countries in the world started to challenge each other,” he said, in an apparent … [Read more...]

Orthodox patriarch denounces ISIS violence, stresses dialogue

Istanbul, Turkey, Aug 25, 2014 / 02:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church has spoken out against the persecution of religious minorities in Iraq, calling for dialogue and immediate humanitarian aid. “Such calamity and cruelty of adherents to one religion can never be defended by cowardly and falsely invoking another religion,” said the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I. “Such brutal acts are categorically unacceptable and … [Read more...]