Legion of Christ reaffirms commitment to addressing sex abuse

Rome, Italy, Dec 5, 2013 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The acting general director of the Legion of Christ has shared the steps the order has taken to prevent sexual abuse and to respond to its allegations, focusing on the gravity of abuse and its victims' suffering. “When we confront the reality of sexual abuse, it is helpful to keep certain complementary values in mind: compassion and solidarity with the victims, the responsibility to protect people who are under our pastoral care, … [Read more...]

English bishops aim to harvest fruits from Year of Faith

London, England, Dec 4, 2013 / 02:22 am (CNA).- Two Catholic bishops in England – Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury and Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth – have written to their flocks announcing plans to continue deepening the experience of the recently concluded Year of Faith. “The celebration of this Year of Faith has surely invited us all to raise our own voices calmly and clearly in a renewed profession of our faith,” Bishop Davies wrote in a pastoral letter marking … [Read more...]

Catholic refugees in Balkans deserve justice, bishop says

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dec 4, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A bishop in Bosnia-Herzegovina says that Catholic refugees from the Yugoslav wars conducted in the 1990s continue to suffer and face barriers to their return home. “Croatian Catholics must finally be put on an equal footing with the other two ethnic groups,” Bishop Franjo Komarica of Banja Luka told the charity Aid to the Church in Need Nov. 29. “They must be allowed to return from abroad and … [Read more...]

Francis and Benedict linked in call for joyful priests

Rome, Italy, Dec 3, 2013 / 10:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a presentation of a work by Benedict XVI on the priesthood, the head of the Vatican's doctrine office said that both Benedict and Pope Francis share a view on priestly vocation and the crisis it faces. Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told CNA in a recent interview that the teachings of Benedict XVI and Pope Francis on priesthood are “linked.” The archbishop, who … [Read more...]

Croatians vote to protect marriage from redefinition

Zagreb, Croatia, Dec 2, 2013 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Croatian voters have approved an amendment to their country’s constitution that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Cardinal Josip Bozanic encouraged a “yes” vote, noting in a letter read to parishioners that marriage is “the only union enabling procreation.” The Dec. 1 referendum passed by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, with about 65 percent of Croatians voting in favor and about 34 percent … [Read more...]

Seminarians bring American football to Rome for Thanksgiving

Rome, Italy, Dec 2, 2013 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thanksgiving weekend at the North American College in Rome is full of traditions not normally found in Italy. Besides a classic turkey dinner and pumpkin pie, the seminarians at the college host their traditional “Spaghetti Bowl.” This year on Dec. 1, the entire college and its guests gathered to watch the “New Men vs. Old Men” match. First-year seminarians faced off against a team comprised of students from every … [Read more...]

Fruits of the Year of Faith just beginning, cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Nov 27, 2013 / 03:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Collins of Toronto reflected at the close of the Year of Faith that many visible fruits can already been seen, but that the true depth of these will not be known until coming years.With “the most important things in our life, the fruits are seen much, much later,” noted Cardinal Collins in a Nov. 21 interview with CNA.The Canadian prelate was present in Rome to participate in the celebration of the 125th … [Read more...]


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