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...]

Baltimore archbishop praises ruling in favor of pregnancy centers

Baltimore, Md., Jul 7, 2012 / 07:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore expressed appreciation after a federal court said Maryland pregnancy centers should not have to post signs they claimed were unnecessary and discriminatory.“At a time when religious freedom is being challenged on many fronts, this ruling represents a major victory for the First Amendment and for those people who seek to live their lives and their faith according to it,” Archbishop Lori … [Read more...]

Chinese government ignores Vatican warning on bishop ordination

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2012 / 03:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is considering its response following the illicit ordination of another bishop without Pope Benedict’s approval.Father Joseph Yue Fusheng, 48, was ordained as bishop of Harbin city on July 6, despite warnings from Rome that he faced automatic excommunication for doing so.“This episcopal ordination of Harbin will create confusion and divisions among the Catholic community in China,” the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

Latin American countries competing for papal visit in 2013

Rome, Italy, Jul 6, 2012 / 01:11 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Pope Benedict XVI could make a stopover in a Spanish-speaking Latin American country during his visit to the region for World Youth Day Rio 2013.   According to reports in the Italian media, three countries--Colombia, Panama and Chile--are vying for the chance to host the pontiff as he makes his way to Brazil next year.   The Colombian government has already extended an invitation to the Pope, which was echoed by a group of … [Read more...]