Pueblo bishop resigns due to poor health

Pueblo, Colo., Jun 13, 2013 / 06:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis announced on June 13 that he has accepted the early resignation of Bishop Fernando Isern of Pueblo, Colo., due to poor health and for the good of the local Church.“In a spirit of prayerful reflection, the bishop recognized that his health may be an obstacle for the growth of the diocese,” a source within the Diocese of Pueblo told CNA.   “He chose to resign in order to entrust his flock to a man … [Read more...]

Rabbi calls friend’s election to papacy good for dialogue

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2013 / 04:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Rabbi Abraham Skorka believes that Pope Francis’ election offers a chance for Christian-Jewish relationships to grow, especially as the world experiences a crisis of belief. The difficulties religions are facing in the modern world prompted Rabbi Skorka to ask how Jews and Catholics can “re-create the dialogue we experienced and lived in Buenos Aires,” since his “querido amigo Jorge Mario Bergoglio” is the … [Read more...]

Church-turned-abortion clinic now a pro-life haven

Grand Rapids, Mich., Jun 13, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An encounter with a pro-life center that had previously served as both a house of worship and an abortion clinic at different times in its history has left a lasting impression on one pro-life leader.Although it may not be apparent to those who pass by, the building in Grand Rapids, Mich., that is now the headquarters of the pro-life organization LIFE International has a complex past.The building was rented in 1994 by an … [Read more...]

Zambian bishops encourage ‘people-driven’ constitution

Lusaka, Zambia, Jun 13, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of Zambia have urged locals to be vigilant in calling for a new, “people-driven” constitution to help advance development in the country. “Even though we cannot eat a constitution, a good constitution will ensure that there is food on our tables, medicine in our hospitals and that quality education is offered in our schools,” Father Cleophas Lungu, the secretary general of the Zambian … [Read more...]

Lawmaker calls for concrete action to fight modern slave trade

Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2013 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A U.S. congressman urged the international community to train transportation employees to identify and fight human trafficking situations, as well as to establish a hotline for trafficking victims.“Combatting modern-day slavery is everybody’s business. We are all in this together,” said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) on June 10.“Cooperation and coordination are key to mitigating – and someday ending … [Read more...]

Report finds Catholic population growing in South Korea

Seoul, South Korea, Jun 12, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Recent statistics indicate that the Catholic population in South Korea has increased over the past year.Last month, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea released a publication entitled Statistics of the Catholic Church in Korea 2011.The report, prepared by the Catholic Pastoral Institute of Korea, states that at the end of 2012, there were 5,361,369 Catholics in the country, an increase of 1.6 percent – or … [Read more...]

Latin American religious backtrack on Pope and gay lobby

Lima, Peru, Jun 12, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA).- In response to media flurry, the Latin American Confederation of Men and Women Religious (CLAR) released a statement on June 11 claiming that the assertion of a gay lobby at the Vatican “cannot be attributed with certainty to the Holy Father.”The news that Pope Francis acknowledged the existence of a gay lobby at the Vatican was published on Monday by the left-leaning Chilean Catholic portal  “Reflexión y … [Read more...]