Capuchins to examine challenges of evangelizing secular societies

Rome, Italy, Aug 27, 2012 / 12:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Capuchin Franciscan religious order is celebrating its General Chapter in Rome this month and is focusing on the challenges of bringing Franciscan spirituality into the secularized life of the northern hemisphere.According to the Capuchin’s website, some 234 members of the community are meeting Aug. 20 to Sept. 22 at the St. Lawrence of Brindisi Franciscan International School in Rome.The assembly opened on Aug. 20 with a … [Read more...]

Fr. Giusanni had gift for deciphering signs of the times, priest recalls

Rimini, Italy, Aug 27, 2012 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When Father Luigi Giussani died in 2005, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told the mourners at his funeral that “the centrality of Christ” in the life of the founder of Communion and Liberation gave him a particular “gift” for “deciphering correctly the signs of the times” in a difficult age “filled with temptations and errors.”“Yes, I am convinced that Don Giussani has been a gift of … [Read more...]

Rimini volunteers bring meeting’s message to their work

Rimini, Italy, Aug 26, 2012 / 05:23 pm (CNA).- Three young Canadians all give one reason for volunteering at this year’s Rimini Meeting – they encounter Jesus Christ through their involvement with the lay Catholic group Communion and Liberation.“What I really remember of my first encounter with Communion and Liberation was that I had never met people – Catholic or non-Catholic – who were so alive, so free, and so fascinated by reality,” Francesca Silano, … [Read more...]

Midwest drought to impact altar bread prices

Greenville, R.I., Aug 26, 2012 / 01:09 pm (CNA).- Manufacturers of altar bread are preparing to face rising costs of wheat flour as grain prices fluctuate in the wake of a severe drought that continues to plague the Midwest and Western Canada, although they expect to pass along only a minimal price increase to their customers.In Clyde, Mo., Benedictine Sister Rita Claire Dohn, manager of the altar bread ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, has witnessed a 25 percent … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict: insincerity is ‘the mark of the devil’

Vatican City, Aug 26, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that a lack of sincerity in life is “the mark of the devil” as witnessed in the decision of Judas Iscariot to continue following Jesus Christ even after he had ceased to believe in him.“The problem is that Judas did not go away, and his most serious fault was falsehood, which is the mark of the devil. This is why Jesus said to the Twelve: ‘One of you is a devil’,” said the … [Read more...]

St. Jeanne Jugan, Little Sisters of the Poor foundress, honored Aug. 30

Denver, Colo., Aug 26, 2012 / 07:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Aug. 30, the Catholic Church celebrates Saint Jeanne Jugan, also known as Sister Mary of the Cross. During the 19th century, she founded the Little Sisters of the Poor with the goal of imitating Christ's humility through service to elderly people in need. In his homily for her canonization in October 2009, Pope Benedict XVI praised St. Jeanne as “a beacon to guide our societies” toward a renewed love for those in old … [Read more...]

Thousands of Christians trapped in Syrian village

Damascus, Syria, Aug 25, 2012 / 04:38 pm (CNA).- Syrian rebel forces have trapped over 12,000 Greek Catholics in a village near the Lebanese border, causing shortages of food, medicine and other urgent supplies.For over 10 days the village of Rableh in the area of Homs has suffered under a strict blockade from armed opposition forces that have surrounded it, Fides news agency says. Snipers have killed at least three men of the village, including a married father of four.Melkite Greek … [Read more...]