Project Rachel founder ‘delighted’ with new bishops’ staff position

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 25, 2013 / 01:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The founder of Project Rachel says she is extremely pleased by the U.S. bishops’ decision to create a full-time staff position to work with the post-abortion healing ministry.“To oversee the ministry and keep on top of things that need to be done, you really need a full-time person,” Vicki Thorn told CNA Nov. 18. “I’m just delighted that they’re going to have one.”“This is an … [Read more...]

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US bishops’ president: Pope calls us to ‘see the person first’

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 22, 2013 / 04:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The new leader of the U.S. bishops said that Pope Francis is calling Catholics to follow Christ in the Gospels through a personal encounter with the most vulnerable in society.“Our Holy Father brings this sense of ‘going out,’” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., newly-elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.In a Nov. 17 interview with CNA, Archbishop Kurtz noted that … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sends golden rose to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 22, 2013 / 02:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Marc Ouellet, president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, presented a golden rose from Pope Francis to Our Lady of Guadalupe, calling the rose a sign of love, gratitude and enthusiasm.“Our hearts more than our heads know the debt of love we owe you,” the cardinal said to the Blessed Mother. “This is why we beg you to receive from us a special gesture of grateful love.”He prayed … [Read more...]

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Church must foster encounter with culture, cardinals say

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 21, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Prominent Church leaders from the Americas encouraged the faithful to consider the intersection of faith and culture, so as to respond to radical and fundamental changes in society. "For many decades, the Church had a strong influence over U.S. culture," said Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, describing a "Catholic ghetto" that included its own schools, sports leagues, unions, health systems … [Read more...]

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Greatest obstacles to evangelization are ‘our own hearts’

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 19, 2013 / 04:06 am (CNA).- In the fight to eradicate material problems such as poverty and drugs, we must work to remove the spiritual obstacles in our own hearts, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.Speaking to Church leaders from across the Americas on Nov. 16, Archbishop Chaput noted that God is calling us “to build a new 'New World' – a world of mercy, justice, patience and love.”   “The biggest obstacle to … [Read more...]

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Rio archbishop calls for ‘missionary disciples’ in Americas

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 18, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in the Americas will be strengthened only by faithful Catholics whose lives of witness flow from their relationship with Jesus, the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro has said. "A missionary disciple must live the encounter with Christ," Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta said Nov. 16 to a group of Catholic leaders gathered in Mexico City. The Americas today are in urgent need of missionaries, and evangelization is … [Read more...]

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Conference highlights Mary as example of evangelization

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 17, 2013 / 01:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Church leaders at a conference in Mexico City emphasized unity and Christ-centered witness, as they discussed Our Lady of Guadalupe's ongoing call to evangelize the Americas. "Our Lady of Guadalupe is the mother of the Mexicans, but she is also the mother of everyone who draws near to her," Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to Mexico, said Nov. 16. When Our Lady appeared, she changed the future of the … [Read more...]

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