Sisters encouraged, grateful Pope met with them

Vatican City, May 9, 2013 / 10:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Sister Alice Matilda Nsiah says that Pope Francis’ decision to meet with her and other superiors general on Wednesday left them encouraged, grateful and proud to be Catholic. “Our faith is renewed with the Pope and we are very grateful that he give (sic) us the audience. We are very grateful that he has time for us.  We are very grateful that we are working together for the Church. So we are very proud to be … [Read more...]

Music scholar says chant is for everyone, not just elite

Denver, Colo., May 9, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Gregorian chant is freely available and a music of the people – not the domain of a stuffy, Catholic elite as it is often perceived, says a music scholar from Alabama. “You can listen to it, download perfect editions, you can make your own editions, it's freely shared with the world,” said Jeffrey Tucker, managing editor of “Sacred Music” and founder of “The Chant Café” blog. Chant … [Read more...]

College invite to Irish prime minister draws ire of pro-lifers

Boston, Mass., May 9, 2013 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Boston College’s invitation to Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to speak at commencement and receive an honorary degree is drawing opposition from pro-lifers who call the invitation “unconscionable” in light of the politician’s push for legal abortion.“After our painful experience for the past 40 years, we know what legal abortion will do to Ireland,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life … [Read more...]

Priest resigns from clergy treatment center amid allegations

Baltimore, Md., May 9, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA).- Amid allegations of financial indiscretion and an “inappropriate adult relationship,” Monsignor Edward J. Arsenault has resigned as head of a Maryland treatment center for Catholic priests and religious. “This is very difficult news, and we are keeping this situation in prayer,” Sheila Harron, Ph.D., chief operation officer and interim CEO of the St. Luke Institute, said May 6. “We are committed to continuing to … [Read more...]

US bishops oppose re-routing of Israel-Palestine separation wall

Washington D.C., May 8, 2013 / 05:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have criticized an Israeli plan to re-route a separation wall through the Cremisan Valley in the West Bank, claiming such a move would harm both Christian families and religious orders.Protesting “in the strongest terms” and in “solidarity with our brother bishops in the Holy Land,” Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, voiced his opposition to an Israeli tribunal’s decision to move … [Read more...]

Wyoming Catholic mourns student killed on hike with family

Lander, Wyo., May 8, 2013 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- Wyoming Catholic College is grieving the loss of freshman Christine Allen, who died on May 7 after falling during a hike with her family in Utah. “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy,” college president Father Robert Cook said in a statement Wednesday. “Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with the Allen family, and we ask you to keep them in your prayers.” Nineteen-year-old Allen fell during an evening … [Read more...]

Colombian community grieves local priest’s murder

Bogotá, Colombia, May 8, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- The Bishops’ Conference of Colombia lamented the “atrocious” murder of Father Jose Antonio Valle Bayona, whose body was found in a ditch in rural area of Barranquilla.In a statement issued today, the bishops recalled that 48 year-old Father Valle was pastor of Christ the King Parish in the Archdiocese of Barranquilla.Police have offered an $11,000 reward for anyone providing information about the identity and location of … [Read more...]