Before Pope’s election, conclave warned of Europe’s waning faith

Vatican City, Aug 8, 2013 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When Cardinal Prospero Grech delivered a meditation to the cardinal-electors at the beginning of the 2013 conclave, he emphasized the value of the new evangelization in the face of Europe's loss of faith.“In the West, at least in Europe, Christianity itself is in crisis … there is a rampant secularism and agnosticism which has diverse roots,” Cardinal Grech, an Augustinian, told the 115 cardinal-electors in the … [Read more...]

Mysterious Missouri priest showed up to pray with crash victim

St. Louis, Mo., Aug 8, 2013 / 12:29 pm (CNA).- After emergency responders spent an hour trying to remove a young woman from her wrecked car near Center, Mo., a priest appeared with anointing oil and prayed with her, and then inexplicably vanished.“He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer,” Raymond Reed, the New London fire chief explained to KHQA about the Aug. 4 incident.“A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well. I can't be for … [Read more...]

Pope strengthens financial crimes laws, oversight body

Rome, Italy, Aug 8, 2013 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has issued a declaration that increases the power of the Financial Information Authority and continues the Vatican's efforts to update its statutes that prevent money laundering. The purpose of this motu proprio is “strengthening the Vatican’s work to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism,” René Brülhart, director of the Financial Information Authority, told CNA Aug. … [Read more...]

Pope fervently praying for apartment gas explosion victims

Vatican City, Aug 8, 2013 / 07:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is “deeply saddened” to hear about the 11 people killed and 60 injured by a natural gas explosion at an apartment building in Argentina’s third largest city. “The Holy Father, deeply saddened to hear the painful news of the violent explosion that happened in Rosario … prays for the repose of the deceased, and raises fervent prayers to the Lord that he grant comfort to those affected by … [Read more...]

Possible sainthood cause for Chesterton sparks excitement

Minneapolis, Minn., Aug 8, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Devotees of the English writer and Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton rejoiced at the news that a Catholic bishop in England is seeking to open an investigation into whether he should be declared a saint.“A lot of people have been hoping for this for a long time,” Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society, told CNA Aug. 6. “Chesterton has a huge devotion to him around the world, particularly here … [Read more...]

Cooperate with gift of grace, exhorts Cardinal George

San Antonio, Texas, Aug 8, 2013 / 02:06 am (CNA).- Through the “miracle of grace,” the faithful are able to be vessels for God’s will, overcoming their earthly desires while being truly themselves, said Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, Ill.He explained that the contrast of sin and grace exists within each human person, and we must seek to “have deep desires” that move beyond our worldly inclinations and towards the eternal.“We must pray for the desire … [Read more...]

Consolata Missionaries celebrate ten years in Mongolia

Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Aug 8, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Consolata Missionaries have been in Mongolia for ten years, evangelizing a people searching for God and helping improve their lives in a land where more than 20 percent live on less than $1.25 a day. “People here naturally have been searching for God and looking for meaning to their way of life,” Sister Sandra Garay, an Argentine member of the Consolata Missionaries serving in Mongolia, told CNA Aug. 7. Mongolia … [Read more...]


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