US seminarians in Rome kick-off first year with softball tradition

Rome, Italy, Sep 5, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Each year, the Pontifical North American College in Rome celebrates Labor Day by pitting its second-year seminarians against the newly-arrived first years in a game of softball. The new seminarians lost this year's game 9-4, but that doesn't seem to have dampened their enthusiasm as they embark on this new phase in their seminary training. “One of the amazing things I've noticed from being here just a month and a … [Read more...]

Spanish cardinal: My ‘agenda’ will be bringing others to Christ

Madrid, Spain, Sep 4, 2014 / 01:16 pm (CNA).- The Spanish newspaper La Razon has published an interview with recently-named archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, who says he is thankful to God and to the Pope for his transfer to the Spanish archdiocese.   Originally from Valencia, Cardinal Canizares is returning to his native land after serving for several years as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. “Although I have been away for a long time, I … [Read more...]

Suspension of Fulton Sheen’s cause expected to be temporary

Rome, Italy, Sep 4, 2014 / 07:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of the suspension of Archbishop Fulton Sheen's cause for canonization due to an ownership dispute of his remains, the office promoting his sainthood says it doesn't expect the halt to last long. Postulator Dr. Andrea Ambrosi “has been aware of the issue regarding the transfer of Archbishop Sheen's remains, but does not believe that this will be a lasting impediment,” his office said in comments made to … [Read more...]

Pope Francis is a ‘son of the Church’ on pro-life issues

Rome, Italy, Sep 4, 2014 / 04:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has drawn praise for his firm pro-life stance as well as his approach to the topic – which goes to the heart of the issue and teaches the Church how to truly embrace humanity. “I believe he has a very integral approach to teaching the faith. In other words, anything that we teach as a Church he adheres to 1,000 percent. Like he said, 'I am a son of the Church,'” pro-life activist Father Frank Pavone … [Read more...]

Scottish bishops encourage voting in independence referendum

Edinburgh, Scotland, Sep 4, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Multiple Scottish bishops have appealed to Catholics to vote in the Sept. 18 referendum which will decide whether or not Scotland will become independent of the United Kingdom. “Along with the Bishops of Scotland, who are deeply conscious of the importance of this referendum, I encourage and urge all those eligible to vote to do so with complete freedom of choice and in accordance with their prayerful judgment of what is best … [Read more...]

Italian bishops support priest threatened by mafia

Rome, Italy, Sep 3, 2014 / 11:59 am (CNA).- Responding to threats on the life of an anti-mafia priest, the Italian bishop’s conference issued a letter offering support and calling for an end to corruption and injustice. “The Italian Church, which in recent years has not failed to make heard it's voice educating to legality, confirms it's closeness to and its esteem for Fr. Luigi in a time when he has been made the subject of gratuitous intimidations,” the Sept. 1 … [Read more...]

Caritas launches powerful animated short to fight global hunger

Rome, Italy, Sep 3, 2014 / 05:26 am (CNA).- Global Catholic relief agency Caritas Internationalis has launched a new video aimed at promoting awareness about the need to help one another in the fight against worldwide hunger. Released Sept. 1, the film is part of Caritas' “One Human Family, Food for All” project, a global initiative which aims to end world hunger over the next decade. The animated video does not contain any dialogue, but depicts several emaciated persons as … [Read more...]