Spanish bishop says a community’s vitality seen in vocations

Madrid, Spain, Jul 9, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba in Spain called on Catholics to pray for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life, noting their crucial role in the life of the Church. “The vitality of a Christian community can be measured by the vocations it receives and inspires for the edification of the House of God,” he said in his weekly newsletter, dated July 5. “Each vocation is a miracle of God, an exceptional … [Read more...]

Catholics providing Syrian refugees with medical treatment

Baltimore, Md., Jul 8, 2012 / 04:56 pm (CNA).- It was the end of March when the violence in Syria became unbearable for Salwa, a young mother who lived in the besieged city of Homs with her husband and four children. After more than a year of almost daily bloodshed, she and her family left behind everything they owned, and fled Syria with nothing more than the clothes they were wearing. They crossed the border into neighboring Jordan, where they finally found safety in the town of Mafraq. … [Read more...]

Student volunteers travel to lend a helping hand

Charleston, S.C., Jul 8, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Water stains on the ceiling of her small home remind Susan Tyler every day of the peace Home Works has given her. The Christian organization is based in Irmo, S.C. and repairs and rebuilds homes for those in need. They came last fall and fixed Tyler’s roof, so waterlogged it sagged in places. Now the group is back — this time to build a ramp and close in a small room off the back of the house. Lewis Moore, who attends … [Read more...]

An open heart lets God work miracles, Pope teaches

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Jul 8, 2012 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nazareth’s rejection of Jesus highlights the need for people to have an open and trusting disposition towards God in order to receive miracles, Pope Benedict XVI said on July 8. “In today’s Gospel Jesus reminds us that if we live with an open and simple heart, nourished by true faith, we can recognize the presence of God in our lives and follow his holy will,” said the Pope during his Sunday Angelus … [Read more...]

Western monastic patron St. Benedict celebrated July 11

Denver, Colo., Jul 8, 2012 / 07:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On July 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Saint Benedict of Nursia, the sixth-century abbot who gave Christian monasticism its lasting foundation in Western Europe. For his historic role as the “Father of Western Monasticism,” St. Benedict was declared a co-patron of Europe (along with Saints Cyril and Methodius). St. Benedict is also the patron saint of Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate. In a 2005 general … [Read more...]

Philadelphia archdiocese resolves six more priest abuse accusations

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 7, 2012 / 04:35 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced the resolution of six cases involving priests who were placed on leave following a grand jury report on sex abuse allegations, removing two of them from ministry permanently. “In making these decisions I relied on the counsel of numerous experts,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said in a July 6 statement. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that four priests have been … [Read more...]

Little San Francisco charity reaches needy in 20-plus countries

San Francisco, Calif., Jul 7, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).-   La Madre de los Pobres is the little charity you never heard of. The organization founded by Franciscan Father Alfred Boeddeker and some pals in 1982 operates on a shoestring – providing direct aid to projects in more than 20 countries, from the Czech Republic and Albania and Guatemala to the Congo, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia and Eritrea. “Father Alfred was a man of great faith,” said Frank Clark, president and … [Read more...]