Pope praises Knights of Columbus for their charity, ‘unfailing support’

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2013 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent audience, Pope Francis encouraged the Knights of Columbus to continue working towards the renewal of society through their charitable efforts, prayer and the witness of their lives.Meeting with the organization’s Board of Directors on Oct. 10, the Pope thanked the Knights for their prayers on his behalf.“On this occasion I also wish to express my gratitude for the unfailing support which your Order has always … [Read more...]

Report: kidnapped Jesuit priest alive in Syria

Damascus, Syria, Oct 10, 2013 / 12:53 pm (CNA).- A Jesuit priest missing since July is alive in an area of northern Syria that is controlled by an Islamist opposition group allied with Al-Qaida, one reporter has said.“Father Paolo Dall’Oglio is alive and is being treated well by his kidnappers,” Khalaf Ali Khalaf, a reporter and activist opposed to the Syrian government, told Aki-Adnkronos International news agency.Khalaf said the Italian-born priest was seen on Saturday, … [Read more...]

Curia vision will be one of ‘service’ to Pope, local Churches

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2013 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the conclusion of their meetings, two cardinals from Pope Francis' group of eight reveal that curia reform will largely focus on service to Pope Francis and the universal Church in its various areas. “We want to change the look – that the curia be at the service of the Pope, and also at the service of the local Churches, the universal Church, and the episcopal conferences,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, … [Read more...]

Real prayer is always insistent, courageous, Pope Francis notes

Vatican City, Oct 10, 2013 / 05:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily Mass homily, Pope Francis reflected that authentic prayer involves knocking “at the heart” of God with a strong, unwavering faith that he will respond. “Do we pray…out of habit, piously but unbothered, or do we put ourselves forward with courage before the Lord to ask for the grace, to ask for what we're praying for?” he asked during the liturgy at St. Martha's residence Oct. … [Read more...]

Thai Catholic charity offers aid as flooding affect millions

Bangkok, Thailand, Oct 10, 2013 / 04:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With heavy rains causing season-long flooding in Thailand, the bishops' emergency relief office in the country has increased its assistance to those whose lives have been disrupted.Fr. Anusha Chaowpraeknoi, chaplain of Bangkok's Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees, told CNA Oct. 8 that the organization has been taking people to safe shelters, and providing food and other necessary assistance to all people, … [Read more...]

Loyola Marymount abortion policy change prompts criticism

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 10, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Jesuit college in California has sparked controversy by announcing that it will stop directly covering elective abortions, but will instead offer employees a separate, unsubsidized plan to cover them.“At the end of the day, this insurance scheme facilitates employees’ abortions,” said Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, which works to promote authentic Catholic identity at Catholic … [Read more...]

November conference to discuss spiritual warfare

Bakersfield, Calif., Oct 10, 2013 / 12:59 am (CNA).- Catholic Online, a comprehensive web publisher focused on the Catholic Church, will host a religious conference on spiritual warfare next month in Redwood City, California.“St. Michael the Archangel, Defend Us in Battle: Spiritual Warfare and the Triumph of Love” will be held at the Sotifel Hotel San Francisco Bay from Nov. 1 to 3, and will features a keynote address by Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa.Other speakers include … [Read more...]