Vatican condemns sex abuse in wake of Jimmy Savile revelations

Vatican City, Oct 30, 2012 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has reiterated condemnation of sexual abuse following allegations against deceased British TV star Jimmy Savile, who during his life was given a papal knighthood for his charity work. “The Holy See condemns in the strongest terms the heinous crimes of sexual abuse of children, takes very seriously what has come to light about Jimmy Savile,” said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi on Oct. 27. “It … [Read more...]

New website gathers video resources for Catholic ministry

Rome, Italy, Oct 30, 2012 / 01:05 am (CNA).- The new website Catholic Link catalogues videos and other resources useful for ministry and evangelization, aspiring to proclaim the gospel with “creativity and ingenuity.” “We are deeply convinced that our Catholic Faith in the Lord Jesus is the answer today, for all people, of all ages,” said Garrett Johnson, the manager of Catholic Link’s new English-language site. He said the site invites visitors to … [Read more...]

Catholic community helps East Coast prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Washington D.C., Oct 29, 2012 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As much of the East Coast braces for Hurricane Sandy, the Church is helping local people prepare for the storm, reaching out to offer shelter to the homeless and organizing disaster response efforts. “Since Hurricane Katrina, we have focused on being prepared for future disasters,” Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, said in an Oct. 27 statement.   “Not only are we early responders, but … [Read more...]

Bishops call attack on Nigerian parish ‘barbarous’

Abuja, Nigeria, Oct 29, 2012 / 12:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A suicide bombing of a Catholic church in northern Nigeria on Oct. 28 has been denounced as cowardly by Archbishop Matthew M. Ndagoso of Kaduna. “A cowardly, barbarous and horrible act, that any ordinary person can only condemn. It is unthinkable that anyone is able to commit such actions, but unfortunately it happens,” the archbishop told Fides news agency Oct. 29. On Sunday, a suicide bomber killed himself and seven … [Read more...]

Faith overcomes spiritual blindness, Pope says at synod close

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2012 / 11:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Mass on Sunday closing the bishops' synod on the new evangelization, the Pope reflected on the need for faith in overcoming spiritual blindness and also appealed on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Drawing from the day's Gospel of Mark reading, the Pope noted that Christ curing the blind man Bartimaeus “is the last miraculous healing that Jesus performs before his Passion, and it is no accident that it should … [Read more...]

Nebraska Catholics dedicated to cause of religious freedom

Omaha, Neb., Oct 28, 2012 / 06:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of Nebraska Catholics has created and donated banners for 147 Catholic churches that bear messages about defending religious liberty, the unborn, and marriage between a man and a woman.“They are outstanding banners,” Fr. Ryan Lewis, pastor of Omaha’s St. Thomas More Parish, told CNA Oct. 26. “I thought the message was incredible. The people in my parish are all fired up about concerns about attacks on … [Read more...]

A weekend in the life helps youth empathize with homeless

Simpsonville, S.C., Oct 28, 2012 / 01:05 pm (CNA).- Youth at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpson, S.C. recently received a crash course in what it’s like to be homeless.Twenty-eight middle and high school students and parents from the church spent a weekend outside Sept. 21-23, sleeping in cardboard boxes on the ground and relying only on donated supplies for food and hygiene.Participants arrived on Friday afternoon to begin the event with only the clothes on their backs. They … [Read more...]