Divine Mercy statue in India receives cardinal’s blessing

Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, Oct 2, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sept. 30, Cardinal George Alencherry unveiled and blessed a shrine featuring a statue of the Divine Mercy of Jesus, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.“The statue is 43-feet tall and it proclaims that the Lord is ever merciful to all those who seek him,” Bishop Anthony Chirayath of the Syro-Malabarese Diocese of Sagar told CNA Sept. 28.The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is an Eastern Catholic Church in … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus aid ongoing response to Newtown shooting

Newtown, Conn., Oct 2, 2013 / 02:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish of Newtown, Conn., received a $100,000 gift from the Knights of Columbus to support its ongoing response to the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.“In the 24-hour news cycle, we often read or see the news, are affected for a time, and then quickly move on,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said Sept. 30. “But the people of Newtown could not simply ‘move on,’ and … [Read more...]

Taxpayer-funded abortions part of health care law, report says

Washington D.C., Oct 2, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Federal taxpayer funds could subsidize tens of thousands of abortions each year through the health care legislation that is continuing to go into effect, according to a new report from a pro-life group.“The issue of whether the Affordable Care Act creates streams of taxpayer funding for abortion has been hotly debated,” Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, said Sept. 26. “Research done by the … [Read more...]

Catholics continue to have lowest divorce rates, report finds

Washington D.C., Oct 1, 2013 / 05:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Recent studies on marriage show that while their rates of divorce are significant, U.S. Catholics are less likely to divorce than people of other religious affiliations.“Although the Catholic ‘divorce rate’ is lower than the U.S. average it is still a daunting figure,” said the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.In a Sept. 26 blog post, the research group explained that … [Read more...]

Pope to atheist: all people can receive grace, seek the Good

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2013 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Emphasizing that grace is available to all people, Pope Francis stressed dialogue and encounter rather than proselytism and underscored the need for each person to seek the Good while following his conscience.“Even you, without knowing it, could be touched by grace,” Pope Francis told Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist with whom he recently corresponded.Scalfari conducted a Sept. 24 interview with the Pope at his Vatican … [Read more...]

Benedict could attend canonizations, Vatican spokesman says

Rome, Italy, Oct 1, 2013 / 01:03 pm (CNA).- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office announced that Benedict XVI could participate in the canonization ceremony next April for Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII.During a Sept. 30 press conference at the Vatican, Father Federico Lombardi did not rule out that the former Pontiff could be present at the canonizations. “There is not legal or doctrinal reason to keep Benedict XVI from taking part in a public … [Read more...]

Charity without meekness and humility is sterile, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2013 / 08:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, Pope Francis praised the saint for her exemplary humility and meekness, praying that the council of cardinals would emulate her virtue in their upcoming meetings. The Pope concelebrated his Oct. 1 daily Mass with the group of eight cardinals who will meet from Tuesday to Thursday this week to discuss reform of the curia. In his homily, Pope Francis voiced hope that council’s meetings will … [Read more...]