Republican immigration plan draws hope, criticism

Washington D.C., Feb 3, 2014 / 05:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An immigration plan by House Republican leaders, aimed at both national security and pathways to legal status for undocumented migrants, has prompted calls for further dialogue and improvement. Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, said in a Jan. 31 statement that while some aspects of the document are “troubling,” it … [Read more...]

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Scottish Catholic agency free to follow beliefs against same-sex adoption

Glasgow, Scotland, Feb 3, 2014 / 04:20 pm (CNA).- A Catholic adoption agency in Scotland has avoided a threat to its charitable status that could have closed the agency, following an appeals board’s ruling that it may follow Church teaching against same-sex adoption. “We are delighted and relieved that the threat hanging over us has been lifted,” a spokesman for St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society said, according to BBC News. “Our only wish is to … [Read more...]

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Caritas Australia disappointed by government budget cuts

Sydney, Australia, Feb 3, 2014 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Even as the Australian government has reduced funding for foreign aid, the nation's branch of Caritas intends to continue its mission of aiding the world's poor. On Jan. 18, the Australian government announced cuts of $650 million (US $572 million) to its aid program for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which affects funding for Caritas Australia and other non-governmental organizations. “Despite this unforeseen, mid-year … [Read more...]

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Do not justify sin by using other people, Pope warns

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2014 / 07:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the proper attitudes to have when we face difficult moments, stating that it is important not to defend our sin, but to repent and trust in the Lord. “In the difficult moments of life that occur maybe in despair one tries to defend himself as he can and also to use God and to use his people,” the Pope explained in his Feb. 3 daily Mass. Centering his homily on the first reading, … [Read more...]

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Consecrated life today in a positive position, bishops affirm

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2014 / 04:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During an interview, two Vatican officials expressed the great holiness that exists within religious vocations, as well as their hope that the upcoming year will yield the witness of joy in following God. “I think I can affirm that consecrated life is really enjoying good health at this moment. There is a lot more holiness than what there often appears to be,” Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo told CNA in a Jan. 31 … [Read more...]

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Rep. Lipinski recognizes Catholic Schools Week with resolution

Washington D.C., Feb 2, 2014 / 02:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In honor of Catholic Schools Week, U.S. Congressman Dan Lipinski (D- Ill.) introduced a House resolution commending Catholic schools for their work and contributions to society. “As a proud graduate of Catholic grammar school and high school, every year I look forward to highlighting the achievements of America’s Catholic schools during Catholic Schools Week,” said Rep. Lipinski in a Jan. 23 statement. His … [Read more...]

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Pope: Presentation of Jesus joins young, old

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2014 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ Sunday homily reflected on the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, noting how the event shows both young and old people joyous in their faithfulness to God. The Pope said the Presentation is “a meeting between the young full of joy in observing the Law of the Lord and the elderly full of joy by the action of the Holy Spirit.” “It is a singular meeting between observance and prophecy,” he … [Read more...]

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