Synod, evangelization discussed at bishops’ meeting

Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2013 / 08:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During the first day of their fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops discussed themes and priorities for their work as a whole, including evangelization, the family and Catholic education.The bishops listened on Nov. 11 to remarks from apostolic nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò and conference president Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan on the importance of Christian witness and international religious freedom.They heard a … [Read more...]

Defend persecuted Christians, Cardinal Dolan urges bishops

Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2013 / 11:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, urged his fellow bishops to be advocates of Christians persecuted for their faith around the world, encouraging prayers as well as action on their behalf.“We bishops, as shepherds of one of the most richly blessed communities of faith on the planet, as pastors who have spoken with enthusiastic unity in defense of our own religious freedom, must become … [Read more...]

Apostolic nuncio calls US bishops to deeper Christian witness

Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the opening of the U.S. bishops’ autumn conference, the Pope’s representative urged the diocesan shepherds to a more profound witnessing to Christ and to preserve unity amongst themselves.This is “a call to attentiveness, watchfulness and preparedness for whatever proclaiming the Gospel may mean for us as successors of the Apostles, who were called to give radical witness to their faith in Jesus Christ,” … [Read more...]

Iranian prison transfer endangers pastor’s life, supporters warn

Washington D.C., Nov 10, 2013 / 04:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Iranian authorities have reportedly transferred imprisoned U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini to a dangerous prison, prompting concern from human rights groups and calls for U.S. leaders to secure the Christian pastor’s safety.“Pastor Saeed is now in one of the most dangerous wards of Rajai Shahr Prison – where violent prisoners are held, those who are imprisoned for murder and rape,” Jordan Sekulow of the American … [Read more...]

FOCUS to host DC and NYC prayer breakfasts

New York City, N.Y., Nov 10, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Fellowship of Catholic University Students – known as FOCUS – will host two “REACH” prayer breakfasts in New York City and Washington, D.C. to help all Catholics learn to evangelize.“REACH new evangelization prayer breakfasts are opportunities to be equipped with the necessary tools for you to reach your city for Christ,” FOCUS said in an announcement.FOCUS noted Bl. John Paul II’s … [Read more...]

Bishops ask Catholics to call Congress on immigration

Washington D.C., Nov 9, 2013 / 04:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As L.A. Archbishop José Gomez laments the lack of urgency to reform the immigration system, the U.S. bishops are urging Catholics to call and write Congress to support “just and compassionate immigration reform.” “Immigration reform can’t wait. We can’t let another year slip away, doing nothing,” Archbishop Gomez said in his Nov. 8 column for Los Angeles' archdiocesan newspaper, The … [Read more...]

As temperatures drop, diocese offers heating assistance

Pawtucket, R.I., Nov 9, 2013 / 01:20 pm (CNA).- With his home heating fuel tank empty and the unseasonably mild temperatures waning at the end of October, Leo Tremblay resorted to covering himself with blankets during the day, and sleeping in layers of clothing at night in order to keep warm in the drafty trailer that has served as his home since 1976.When even the layers of blankets could not stop him from shivering as the mercury dropped, he visited the diocese’s Project Hope office … [Read more...]