Masses suspended in Niger due to church burnings

Niamey, Niger, Jan 22, 2015 / 04:32 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Niger have canceled Masses and activities at Catholic schools, health care facilities and charity outreaches after Muslim extremists set fire to dozens of churches across the country. Reports indicate that more than 40 churches were torched over the weekend to protest the new caricatures of Mohammed published by the Charlie Hebdo magazine in its latest edition. The publication of the images is a response to an attack on the … [Read more...]

Why Junipero Serra’s canonization is important for the new evangelization

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 22, 2015 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the colonial and missionary period of California’s history is often riddled with bitter memories, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles reflected on the life of the missionary Bl. Junipero Serra as a bold witness to the faith. “The historical record confirms what Pope Francis believes: that Blessed Junipero Serra was a man of heroic virtue and holiness who had only one burning ambition – to bring the good … [Read more...]

Pope Francis shoutout to March for Life: ‘Every Life is a Gift’

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2015 / 09:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As massive crowds of pro-life advocates gathered for the March for Life in Washington, D.C., Pope Francis on Thursday tweeted a short message of support. “Every Life is a Gift,” he said Jan. 22, using the hashtag “#marchforlife.” The message went out to over 5.3 million Twitter followers on his English-language account “Pontifex.” Every Life is a Gift. #marchforlife — Pope Francis … [Read more...]

Cardinal: No pro-life victory without reaching the marginalized

Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2015 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the pro-life movement to truly succeed, it must fight not only abortion, but also the broader “throwaway culture” wherever life is being discarded, said Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston at a national pro-life Mass.   “What must characterize the pro-life movement is a special love for the poor, the marginalized, the suffering, and especially human life that is in danger of being discarded,” … [Read more...]

Suffering in Sierra Leone, hard-hit by Ebola, reminds bishop of civil war years

Kenema, Sierra Leone, Jan 22, 2015 / 02:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- From providing spiritual support to ensuring preventive care, the Diocese of Kenema in the eastern part of Sierra Leone is deeply involved in the country’s fight against the Ebola virus. This vital struggle continues, even as the epidemic has largely dropped from the headlines in the US. Bishop Patrick Koroma of Kenema told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need about a full range of … [Read more...]

Support abortion restrictions? So do most Americans

New Haven, Conn., Jan 22, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Americans continue to show strong support for abortion restrictions, according to a new survey that finds even self-described “pro-choice” Americans reject permissive abortion laws.“Four decades after Roe v. Wade, the American people remain unhappy with its legacy,” Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus, said Jan. 21. “The survey makes clear that the American people understand that abortion is … [Read more...]

Financial appointment at Vatican signals continuity in reform, transparency

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2015 / 06:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Tommaso Di Ruzza was appointed Wednesday as the new director of the Vatican’s Authority for Financial Information, filling the post left vacant Nov. 19, when the previous director, René Bruelhart, was made president of the Authority’s board of directors. Di Ruzza's appointment indicates continuity in the advancement of financial reforms that have been carried on by the Vatican since 2009 under Benedict XVI. A … [Read more...]