Pope encourages Church rich in praise, not wealth

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2013 / 10:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis pointed out that Saint Peter did not have a bank account, as he warned against the dangers of a Church that finds its security in resources instead of the free gift of the Gospel. “St. Peter did not have a bank account, and when he had to pay taxes, the Lord sent him to the sea to catch fish and find the money in the fish to pay,” said the Pope during Mass in the chapel of Saint Martha’s … [Read more...]

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Rome visit deepens former NFL quarterback’s faith

Rome, Italy, Jun 11, 2013 / 09:35 am (CNA).- As he stood next to St. Peter’s Square, former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon reflected on how his family’s first visit to Rome deepened their faith. The Gannons had been thinking about a trip to the Vatican for years and their faith has always been important to them, but the election of Pope Francis made things even more personal for Rich. “I was really excited when Pope Francis became the Pope. I went to a Jesuit private boys … [Read more...]

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Migrants on Mexico’s border face ‘nightmares,’ priest says

Tijuana, Mexico, Jun 11, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA).- Harsh conditions and persecution confront migrants in Mexico, many of whom have been deported from the U.S., according to a Salesian priest who serves the population in the border-town of Tijuana. “This results in them being people with so many dreams that end up becoming nightmares,” Father Ernesto Hernández Ruiz, a member of the order founded by Saint John Bosco to assist the young poor, told CNA in early June. Fr. Ruiz … [Read more...]

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French priest suspended after Freemasonry revealed

Paris, France, Jun 11, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- Bishop Yves Boivineau of Annecy in southeastern France has barred a local priest from public ministry after he was exposed as an active Freemason. Father Pascal Vesin, 43, was suspended for his active membership in a Masonic lodge of the Grand Orient of France. He became a member in 2001, five years after his 1996 ordination as a Catholic priest, the French newspaper Le Figaro reports. The priest served a parish in the Alpine ski resort of … [Read more...]

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Women’s caucus to connect pro-life lawmakers nationwide

Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2013 / 12:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new nationwide caucus is seeking to organize and recruit pro-life women to run for political office and pass legislation that will defend human life from the moment of conception.“We need strong, articulate women in Washington and in state legislatures who will boldly support policies that respect and promote life,” said Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.). “I’m excited to support the National Pro-life Women’s … [Read more...]

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Retired Brooklyn bishop dies from car accident

Brooklyn, N.Y., Jun 10, 2013 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan, an auxiliary bishop emeritus of the Brooklyn diocese, died June 7 from injuries received in a May 30 car accident.“We mourn the passing of Bishop Joseph Sullivan,” Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn said. “During his tenure, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens became a nationally recognized provider of social services.”“Even in retirement, Bishop Joe continued to serve … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Dolan praises immigration bill as step forward

New York City, N.Y., Jun 10, 2013 / 02:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Stressing that immigration reform is needed to “correct injustices,” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said that the proposed bill in the U.S. Senate makes serious progress in efforts to balance humanitarian and security concerns.“The Senate proposal, while not perfect, goes a long way toward correcting injustices in the system,” the Archbishop of New York wrote in a June 9 column for USA Today. “Despite its … [Read more...]

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