Mary is with us in our struggles, Pope Francis teaches

Vatican City, Aug 15, 2013 / 11:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis said that this feast helps us reflect on the Christian themes of struggle, resurrection, and hope.“Mary … has of course already entered, once and for all, into heavenly glory. But this does not mean that she is distant or detached from us,” the Pope preached Aug. 15 during a Mass said at the Piazza of Liberty in Castel … [Read more...]

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Denver archdiocese: World Youth Day launched spiritual revolution

Denver, Colo., Aug 15, 2013 / 08:57 am (CNA).- In 1992, Denver was one of three American cities that had been vying to host World Youth Day the following year.That Palm Sunday, Pope John Paul II announced the fourth international gathering of Catholic youth would take place not in Buffalo, N.Y., or St. Paul, Minn., but in Denver.Organizers could begin their work.So why Denver?“Ultimately the choice was due to the inscrutable will of God,” Cardinal J. Francis Stafford of … [Read more...]

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Most Americans would find immigration wait ‘unthinkable’

Colorado Springs, Colo., Aug 15, 2013 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While undocumented immigrants often face blame for circumventing U.S. law, American immigration policy is so broken that it produces wait lists of inconceivable length, says a migrant advocate.“People have to wait 10, 20 years before immigrating to the U.S., and it's just unthinkable for Americans that we would have to wait that long,” Corey Almond, vice president of family immigration services at Catholic … [Read more...]

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Suspended Vatican accountant linked to suspect spiritual group

Vatican City, Aug 15, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- The Vatican accountant who was recently suspended for allegedly trying to smuggle $26 million had been part of a group known as “The Flock,” which has supposed Mafia connections.Monsignor Nunzio Scarano is currently under arrest in Italy for an alleged plan to transfer 20 million Euro from Switzerland to Italy aboard an Italian government airplane.Italian newspaper “Il Mattino” reports that Msgr. Scarano was entrusted … [Read more...]

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Film tour hopes to reignite devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Denver, Colo., Aug 15, 2013 / 12:06 am (CNA).- The promotional tour of a recent film on the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe has helped reawaken devotion to the Patroness of the Americas, while inspiring a deeper conversion among Catholics.“We need things that are artistic, that leave impressions, that will help guide people back to our faith,” Tim Watkins, director of 'The Blood and the Rose', told CNA on Aug. 13.The film centers around three major aspects of the … [Read more...]

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Bishops offer encouragement on anniversary of civil rights march

Washington D.C., Aug 14, 2013 / 05:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Half a century after the famous civil rights march in Washington, D.C., significant progress towards justice has been made, but some goals remain unmet, said a group of U.S. bishops.“While we cannot deny the change that has taken place, there remains much to be accomplished,” said members of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church.In a statement marking the 50th anniversary of the historic … [Read more...]

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Ecuador president apologizes for profanation of hospital chapel

Quito, Ecuador, Aug 14, 2013 / 04:30 pm (CNA).- President Rafael Correa of Ecuador has apologized to Archbishop Lorenzo Voltolini of Portoviejo for the profanation of a chapel at the Verdi Cevallos Hospital last Friday.All of the sacred objects in the chapel, including the tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament reserved, were removed on Aug. 9 to put in hospital beds. On Aug. 13, the president called Archbishop Voltolini “to apologize for the incident, especially because the … [Read more...]

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