Young woman recalls deep pain, joy of immigrating to America

St. Louis, Mo., Jul 30, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A young woman who immigrated to the U.S. with her family from Guadalajara, Mexico, recalls the 11 years of paperwork granting them status in the country as a “huge, painful, interesting process.”In February, 20-year-old Sofía González was able to return to St. Louis, Missouri after U.S. immigration laws sent her away from her family and back to Mexico for nearly two years.González told CNA in a July … [Read more...]

‘Symbolon’ program aims to improve adult faith formation

Denver, Colo., Jul 30, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA).- The Denver-based Augustine Institute has launched its new Symbolon program aimed at improving adult faith formation overall, and in particular the process of welcoming converts into the Church.“This is a response to…the concern that many bishops and leaders of the catechetical world have about the crisis of faith that we're up against in everyday parish life,” Dr. Edward Sri, chancellor of the Augustine Institute, told CNA … [Read more...]

CNA’s Rome editor takes on new role with Denver archdiocese

Denver, Colo., Jul 29, 2013 / 05:20 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila has named CNA's Rome Bureau News Director, David Uebbing, to serve as his assistant as the chancellor to the Archdiocese of Denver.“I'm really looking forward to working with Archbishop Aquila,” Uebbing told CNA July 29. “I am blessed to be able to help him in his work to encourage people to meet Jesus, support marriages, defend life at all stages, and engage in the New Evangelization in the … [Read more...]

Kansas diocese mourns death of retired bishop, George Fitzsimons

Salina, Kan., Jul 29, 2013 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Salina, Kansas, is mourning the death of its former leader, Bishop Emeritus George K. Fitzsimons, who died Sunday July 28, a bout a month short of his 85th birthday.“Bishop Fitzsimons was loved by all. In his 20 years of devoted ministry to the people of the Salina Diocese he established many lasting friendships,” Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger of Salina said July 28.“I believe, however, that he … [Read more...]

Hundreds in DC celebrate World Youth Day locally

Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2013 / 05:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Over 500 local pilgrims flocked to the Franciscan Monastery in Washington D.C. on Saturday to join in prayer and show solidarity with the millions of World Youth Day pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro.“The beauty of the Universal Church is that you can feel close  to the Bishop of Rome, not because he is the Church, but because he represents a Church that is universal but also local. You can’t separate those two … [Read more...]

US religious freedom commissioners urge foreign policy action

Washington D.C., Jul 26, 2013 / 06:05 pm (CNA).- Leaders of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom say that religious liberty is an “essential element” of human dignity and its protection deserves prominence in U.S. foreign policy.“Since America's founding, the country has honored this form of liberty,” Robert P. George, the newly elected commission chair, and commission vice-chair Katrina Lantos Swett, wrote in the Wall Street Journal July … [Read more...]

Virginia diocese mourns death of employee in Spanish train wreck

Arlington, Va., Jul 26, 2013 / 03:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington has expressed his condolences over the death of employee Ana Maria Cordoba, who was killed in the July 24 train crash in Santiago, Spain.“The tragic death of Ana Maria Cordoba in the recent train derailment in Spain is the cause of immense grief not only to her beloved family – her parents, husband, daughter and son –  but also to the ‘family’ of our diocesan … [Read more...]