Baltimore cardinal awarded Boy Scouts’ highest honor

Baltimore, Md., Apr 17, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In recognition of his service to youth, the Boy Scouts of America have given retired Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore scouting's highest commendation, the Silver Buffalo Award. “The Boy Scouts of America could not have chosen a more worthy person to receive this high honor,” said Sean Caine, the archdiocese of Baltimore’s communications director. He added that the present Baltimore archbishop, William Lori, … [Read more...]

Cardinal Wuerl stands in solidarity with DC priest

Washington D.C., Apr 17, 2013 / 12:06 am (CNA).- During his homily at a Mass with George Washington University students, Cardinal Wuerl expressed support for the campus' priest, who has faced hostility for upholding Church teaching on sexuality. “I want to offer a word of support and encouragement to your chaplain, Father Greg Shaffer...and to stand in solidarity with a good priest,” the archbishop of Washington said April 14. His remarks come as two gay students said the … [Read more...]

Boston priest comforts locals, says Christ offers ‘real healing’

Boston, Mass., Apr 16, 2013 / 06:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest who offered consolation to passers-by after the explosion at the Boston Marathon said that the event left him with the impression that evil can only be properly understood in the light of Christ’s passion and resurrection.“So many people are looking at what happened, trying to make sense of it,” Father Tom Carzon of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary told CNA on April 16. “We can figure out where it was made … [Read more...]

Political leaders encourage hope amid Boston tragedy

Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2013 / 05:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, state and federal lawmakers are offering assistance and support to the people of Massachusetts, along with promises of continued prayers.“I'm supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city,” said U.S. President Barack Obama in an April 15 press conference. “And as they do, the American people … [Read more...]

Slain Catholic boy remembered by Boston community

Boston, Mass., Apr 16, 2013 / 03:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The young Catholic boy killed when a bomb exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon is being remembered by his family and educators for his kindness and enthusiasm.Russ Wilson, regional director of the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester, which 8-year-old Martin Richard attended, told CNA that the child had received his First Communion in May 2012.Wilson described the Richards as a wonderful and … [Read more...]

Church leaders pray for peace in wake of Boston bombing

Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2013 / 11:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders offered prayers and sent words of peace to those affected by the explosions at the Boston Marathon, encouraging the faithful to pray for those involved and for the souls of those who have died.Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston expressed his “deep sorrow following the senseless acts of violence perpetrated at the Boston Marathon,” offering “prayers and concern” for those who were … [Read more...]

On 86th birthday, Benedict praised as deeply humble

Los Angeles, Calif., Apr 16, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Benedict XVI celebrates his 86th birthday on April 16, the author of a new book on the legacy of the retired pontiff says his humility largely inspired the work. “I was...fond of Benedict because he was truly humble man,” Charles Coulombe, author of “The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI,” told CNA April 15. “He was kind of shy and retiring, but he was willing to re-invigorate the trappings of the … [Read more...]