Pope makes fourth appeal for Oklahoma tornado victims

Vatican City, May 22, 2013 / 03:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As he hosted his weekly Wednesday audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis made his fourth appeal for prayer for the victims of the tornado that killed 24 people in Oklahoma. Before he greeted all of the English-speaking people at the May 22 general audience, Pope Francis invited everyone present to pray for those who were killed or injured by the May 20 tornado that ravaged the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. The death toll … [Read more...]

American named deputy head of global Catholic knights group

New Orleans, La., May 22, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- The International Alliance of Catholic Knights has named as its deputy president F. DeKarlos Blackmon, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Peter Claver.Blackmon, 36, said he will use his new role to deepen the faith of alliance members and all Catholics while encouraging “active and generous participation in the life and mission of the Church,” the New Orleans-based Knights of Peter Claver reported May 16.Gene A. Phillips, Sr., … [Read more...]

Supreme Court could give landmark ruling on public prayer

Washington D.C., May 22, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a move that could have national consequences for prayer in public life, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a federal case challenging the constitutionality of opening prayers at the town council meetings of Greece, New York. “It is perfectly constitutional to allow community members to ask for God's blessing according to their conscience,” Brett Harvey, Senior Counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, told … [Read more...]

Church, political leaders extend prayers to Oklahoma victims

Washington D.C., May 21, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a devastating tornado in Oklahoma on May 20, Church leaders and national figures from the  offered their prayers and condolences for those affected by the disaster.“The experience of loss of family members, homes, neighborhoods, and even the local hospital, shows a devastation that impels us to stand with you and all the good people of Moore both in prayer for comfort and in efforts for disaster relief to ease the … [Read more...]

Oklahoma bishop supports those grieving in Moore

Oklahoma City, Okla., May 21, 2013 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City traveled to Moore today to give his support and concern to those devastated by the tornado that swept through the town yesterday, May 20. “I feel, as the archbishop, as a shepherd, I need to be there,” Archbishop Coakley told CNA while on his way to the suburb of Oklahoma City on May 21. “I'm not sure…there's anything very practical I can do when I … [Read more...]

Former Newark priest arrested after breaking court agreement

Newark, N.J., May 21, 2013 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After violating the terms of an understanding with local prosecutors, a priest who recently resigned from ministry with the Newark archdiocese was arrested May 20. Father Michael Fugee was accused of sexually abusing a minor in 2001, and in 2007 made an agreement with local prosecutors that allowed him to remain in ministry so long as he was not around children unsupervised and did not engage in youth ministry. In late April, it … [Read more...]

Pope: power struggles outside Jesus’ vision of Church

Vatican City, May 21, 2013 / 01:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While acknowledging that power struggles have existed in the Church since it began, Pope Francis said Jesus’ teaching on power leaves no room for them. “In the Church the greatest is the one who serves most, the one who is at the service of others,” said Pope Francis on May 21.   “This is the rule, yet from the beginning until now there have been power struggles in the Church, even in our manner of … [Read more...]