Flood teaches stranded kids lessons in faith

Denver, Colo., Sep 18, 2013 / 12:12 pm (National Catholic Register).- Two buses driving up to St. Vincent de Paul School in Denver late Friday, Sept. 13 were cheered by weary parents and excited siblings.The 56 students and 11 dedicated adults inside, including school staff, parent chaperones and John Paul II Adventures Outdoor Lab staff, were not coming back from a victorious sporting event but have the rare distinction of surviving the “Flood of 2013.”Inside, the grimy … [Read more...]

Bishop Cirilo Flores succeeds as head of San Diego diocese

San Diego, Calif., Sep 18, 2013 / 10:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Cirilo B. Flores was appointed Bishop of San Diego today, Sept. 18, succeeding Bishop Robert H. Brom, whose resignation, having reached the age limit of 75, was accepted by Pope Francis. Bishop Flores had served as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of San Diego since Jan. 4, 2012. He was born in 1948 in Corona, Calif., and after completing undergraduate studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, he received a law … [Read more...]

Pope Francis says Church lives, ‘suffers’ for her children

Vatican City, Sep 18, 2013 / 06:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During today's general audience, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the theme of the Church as mother, saying that it is she who accompanies and intercedes for us in life. “Dear Brothers and Sisters: today I wish to return to the image of the Church as our Mother,” he told those gathered in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 18, “by reflecting on all that our earthly mothers do, live and suffer for their … [Read more...]

Cuban bishops call for political reform, open US policy

Havana, Cuba, Sep 18, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a new pastoral letter, the Cuban bishops said that in “the hope for a better future,” their government should begin political reform and the U.S. should adopt “an inclusive policy” towards their country.“Cuba is called to be a pluralistic society…Cuba is the nation of all Cubans, with their differences and aspirations, although it has not always been this way,” the bishops wrote in … [Read more...]

Brother of murdered man cites faith, forgives killer

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sep 18, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pointing to his faith in Christ and reliance on the mercy of God, a man in Argentina has voiced public forgiveness to the man who murdered his brother.“If God forgives us every day and gives us the chance to ‘start over,’ how can I not forgive somebody else?” Hernan Prado said with tears in his eyes during a march his family convened for forgiveness and repentance on Sept. 9. Around 3,000 people … [Read more...]

Nigerian bishops echo Pope’s prayers for peace

Abuja, Nigeria, Sep 18, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA).- The bishops of Nigeria have praised Pope Francis’ “inspiring leadership,” saying his Sept. 7 vigil for peace in Syria highlighted “the constant need of prayer for peace” in their country as well. “Prayer for peace is not an afterthought to the work of peace, but the very essence of building the peace of order, justice and freedom,” they said in a September communique. “Indeed, to pray for peace … [Read more...]

Despite remaining challenges, DC Catholic schools improved

Washington D.C., Sep 17, 2013 / 05:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new report on Catholic education in the Washington archdiocese shows significant gains, particularly in funding, in recent years, though local Catholic schools still face challenges. “In a particular way, significant strides have been made in recent years financially to support Catholic schools; but there is still much work to be done on the part of all of us,” stated Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, … [Read more...]