Archbishop offers prayers in wake of Colo. high school shooting

Denver, Colo., Dec 13, 2013 / 05:19 pm (CNA).- The archbishop of Denver has voiced deep sadness and promised prayers for the victims of a shooting at a Colorado high school on the afternoon of Dec. 13. “Today, we offer our prayers and profound sympathy for all those involved in the shooting at Arapahoe High School,” said Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila in a statement. “I am saddened by this tragedy, which has been repeated too often in recent memory,” he said. “My … [Read more...]

Church teaching on immigration is a ‘humane position’

Washington D.C., Dec 13, 2013 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church’s welcoming stance on immigration is rooted in the person-centered recognition of human dignity, said one of the leading Hispanic bishops in the U.S. Church. “For us, as Catholics – following the example of Jesus in the Gospels – there is no way that we cannot be in favor of the immigrant,” said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio. The Catholic position on immigration is a … [Read more...]

Pa. sexual orientation bill could ‘coerce’ Catholic institutions

Harrisburg, Pa., Dec 13, 2013 / 02:19 am (CNA).- Legislation introduced in Pennsylvania to prevent discrimination could end up prohibiting Catholic schools from requiring teachers to abide by Catholic teaching, religious freedom advocates in the state are warning. “The Church has been precise, in its moral teachings, in distinguishing between sexual orientation and sexual behavior. It has condemned all forms of hostility to any individual on the basis of her or his actual or perceived … [Read more...]

Congressman highlights ongoing Philippines recovery efforts

Washington D.C., Dec 12, 2013 / 04:35 am (CNA).- Despite facing a long path to recovery after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, the people of the Philippines have not given up hope, says a U.S. Congressman who recently visited the country. “I met with numerous survivors who told us heartbreaking stories yet radiated a calm and inner peace,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s global health panel. “One man told us how … [Read more...]

Catholics joyful at Pope’s ‘Person of the Year’ recognition

Washington D.C., Dec 11, 2013 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics from around the U.S. have welcomed Pope Francis' selection as Time Magazine's 2013 “Person of the Year,” the third pontiff to win the American magazine's yearly honor since its start in 1927. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York said in a Twitter post after the Dec. 11 announcement that he was “delighted” by the news. He elaborated in a statement on his blog, saying that Pope Francis … [Read more...]

Pope Francis proclaimed TIME’s 2013 ‘Person of the Year’

New York City, N.Y., Dec 11, 2013 / 09:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On this morning's episode of “Today Show” Time Magazine announced their choice of Pope Francis for the 2013 “Person of the Year,” stating that he is changing the “tone and perception” of the Church. Reacting to the news, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi issued a comment Dec. 11, calling it “unsurprising considering the resonance and very widespread attention given to the … [Read more...]

Funding for adult stem cell research increasing, report finds

Washington D.C., Dec 11, 2013 / 04:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent report has found that research on ethically-sourced adult stem cells is rising in popularity, leaving advocates pointing to its advantages – in both ethics and outcome – over embryonic stem-cell research. The views of the scientific community are shifting with the realization that “the best hope for rapid medical advances lies with morally unproblematic alternatives,” said Chuck Donovan, president of … [Read more...]