Bishops cautiously hopeful on immigration plan

Washington D.C., Apr 22, 2013 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prominent U.S. bishops have expressed support for the immigration reform bill recently introduced in the Senate, although they noted that it still has room for improvement.“We bishops are grateful for the brave senators who have introduced this bipartisan legislation,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York during a conference call April 22.“We admire their leadership and courage in moving the issue forward, … [Read more...]

Franciscan University names Fr. Sean Sheridan as president

Steubenville, Ohio, Apr 22, 2013 / 01:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio has named as its next president theology professor and canon lawyer Father Sean O. Sheridan. “I am honored to serve as the next president of Franciscan University,” Fr. Sheridan said April 19. “It is inspiring and truly humbling for me to be here at Franciscan University with the students who are pouring their hearts into their education and their prayer life, … [Read more...]

Mistaken obituary labels George Soros as ‘predatory’ billionaire

Denver, Colo., Apr 22, 2013 / 12:07 pm (CNA).- A mistakenly-published article erroneously announcing the death of George Soros described the atheist billionaire as a successful “Hungarian-American financier” who has donated huge sums of money to liberal causes.“George Soros, who died XXX at age XXX, was a predatory and hugely successful financier and investor, who argued paradoxically for years against the same sort of free-wheeling capitalism that made him billions,” … [Read more...]

Catholic agency hopes for lasting food aid reform

Baltimore, Md., Apr 21, 2013 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Relief Services is supportive of a proposal to make changes in the way that government food aid is delivered internationally, provided that it has long-term provisions that will not be subject to annual budget debates.Recently, the Obama administration proposed shifting the model for international food aid. Under the current model, money is used to purchase food produced in the U.S. and ship it overseas. The new proposal would … [Read more...]

Franciscan martyr St. Fidelis honored April 24

Denver, Colo., Apr 21, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A former lawyer who left his profession to become a Capuchin Franciscan priest, Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen has his liturgical memorial on April 24. Fidelis' life bridged the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a time of religious conflict in Western Europe. He died at the hands of a mob while preaching in Switzerland, where he had gone to combat the Calvinist heresy. The future “Fidelis” received the name of Mark … [Read more...]

Tekakwitha Conference to gather for first time since canonization

Denver, Colo., Apr 20, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The 74th annual Tekakwitha Conference will mark an important event in Church history as it holds its first gathering since the canonization of the “Lily of the Mohawks” last October.Though the conference this summer will follow a similar format to past ones, Sr. Kateri Mitchell, executive director of the conference, said this year will “center around the excitement and celebration” of the canonization of St. … [Read more...]

EWTN celebrates Mother Angelica’s 90th birthday

Irondale, Ala., Apr 19, 2013 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Eternal Word Television Network is celebrating the 90th birthday of its foundress, Mother Angelica, on April 20 with 90 hours of programming featuring her wit and wisdom.“I still marvel at what God accomplished through this great woman, and what continues to be accomplished with the ongoing prayers of Mother Angelica and the nuns,” said Michael Warsaw, president and CEO of EWTN, on April 19.“That a cloistered … [Read more...]