Government shutdown threatens military Masses, chaplains

Washington D.C., Oct 8, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the U.S. government shutdown continues, lawmakers are being urged to authorize the celebration of Mass by contract priests, who could otherwise face arrest for their routine ministry on military bases.      “Until the Federal Government resumes normal operations, or an exemption is granted to contract and (government services) priests, Catholic services are indefinitely suspended” at many military … [Read more...]

Catholics in Hiroshima mark 90th diocesan anniversary

Hiroshima, Japan, Oct 8, 2013 / 02:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Hiroshima is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year with programs for spiritual renewal, a focus on priestly vocations, and an effort to draw attention to local martyrs.“Our series of faith renewal programs has boosted devotion, in reaffirming our life and renewal during the Year of Faith,” Fr. Harada, chancellor of the Hiroshima diocese, told CNA Oct. 2.In May, Bishop Thomas Maeda of Hiroshima … [Read more...]

Syrian Christians find lives ‘paralyzed’ by wartime chaos

Damascus, Syria, Oct 8, 2013 / 12:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Only peace can end the suffering of Syria’s Christian refugees, say local Christian leaders who emphasize the need to give refugees hope alongside material support.“It is chaos, it is violence, it is blood, it is death. Life has been paralyzed. We have lost everything,” Archbishop Theophile Georges Kassab of Homs told Aid to the Church in Need. “What can I tell you more? Only one thing, in the name of the … [Read more...]

Latest Pope Francis interview involved ‘conflation’ of details

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2013 / 04:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following skepticism of the accuracy of a recent interview with Pope Francis, several sources have suggested that the printed text, while overall faithful to the Pope's thought, may not have captured his exact words. “Eugenio Scalfari did not tape his interview with Pope Francis, nor did he take notes, so the text was an after-the-fact reconstruction. Such texts run the risk of either missing some key details or conflating … [Read more...]

Calif. immigration law praised as bishops urge national action

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 7, 2013 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles applauded a new California law that will allow undocumented migrants to receive state driver’s licenses, while calling for greater federal reform.“Driving is one of the basic necessities of life. So this new law is going to make a big difference for millions of people in their everyday lives,” Archbishop Gomez told participants of an Oct. 3 rally at Los Angeles City … [Read more...]

Let God disrupt your plans, Pope Francis teaches

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2013 / 01:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on the story of the Good Samaritan, Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass today that we must be open to allowing God to intervene in our lives, leading us to deviate from our own arrangements.“I say to myself, and I say to you: do we let God write our lives? Or do we want to do the writing ourselves?” Pope Francis asked, according to Vatican Radio.“Be docile to the Word of God … have the capacity … [Read more...]

Vatican to issue collector coin marking Pope Francis’ first year

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2013 / 08:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced that an official, commemorative coin marking the first year of Pope Francis' pontificate will be released on Oct. 8. Collectors will be able to purchase the coin which on one side bears the image of Pope Francis giving a blessing and smiling with the Latin words, “Franciscus Pont. Max An. I.,” inscribed above. The coin's other side contains the Holy Father's personal motto, “vidit … [Read more...]