These twin friars are taking it to the streets – and your TV – to save souls

New York City, N.Y., May 19, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It’s a good thing Brother Angelus wears glasses, otherwise it would be really hard to tell him apart from Brother Innocent.It’s tricky enough as it is, given that they’re brother-Brothers: siblings and consecrated Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (or CFRs). They’re also twins – or rather, two-thirds of a triplet. Their triplet sister Katie is (no, not a nun) back home in Nebraska with her husband and … [Read more...]

US bishops: without disarmament, nuclear weapons still threaten peace

Washington D.C., May 19, 2015 / 12:48 am (CNA).- The U.S. bishops have urged more action to ensure nuclear disarmament and to combat the proliferation of nuclear weapons “For most Americans, there is an assumption that the nuclear threat receded with the end of the Cold War. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth,” said the May 12 letter from Bishop Oscar Cantu to Secretary of State John Kerry. “In a multi-polar world where there are risks of nuclear … [Read more...]

Will Francis build on Benedict’s legacy when he visits the US?

Washington D.C., May 17, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will remain within the tradition of previous papal visits to the U.S. when he comes to the east coast this autumn said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, who added that the Pope's voyage would build upon Benedict XVI's papacy if he addresses the environment. “Pope Benedict initiated a lot of commentary on climate change,” Bishop Soto explained, “and I think Pope Francis is going to be pushing that … [Read more...]

Hundreds of US priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

Washington D.C., May 16, 2015 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly 1,000 United States priests made their own a petition to the fathers of the upcoming Synod, originally made public and signed by nearly 500 English priests. The statement’s wording is exactly that of the English version, and urges the fathers of the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family to issue a “clear and firm” proclamation of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality. The organization Credo Priests has … [Read more...]

Is the pill shrinking parts of women’s brains? New report suggests yes

Los Angeles, Calif., May 15, 2015 / 03:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Adding to recent controversies surrounding various forms of birth control, a new study out of UCLA suggests that the birth control pill may thin areas in a woman's brain and affect their function. Published in April in the journal “Human Brain Mapping,” the study measured cortical thickness in the brains of 90 women – 44 of whom were using oral contraceptives, and 46 of whom were naturally cycling. Only … [Read more...]

Don’t let armed drones ease the path to conflict, US bishops warn

Washington D.C., May 14, 2015 / 03:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The use of armed drones have practical and moral consequences for conflict and warfare – and the government needs to take action to address them, the U.S. Catholic bishops have said. “It is incumbent on a nation's leaders to recognize that the use of drones can lower the threshold on conflict and take appropriate steps to not succumb to their use,” wrote Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, who chairs the U.S. … [Read more...]

Philadelphia archbishop voices ‘deep sadness’, prays for train derailment victims

Philadelphia, Pa., May 14, 2015 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia reacted Wednesday to the deadly train derailment in his city with sadness and prayers. “In the wake of this disaster, I urge all people of good will to join me in extending prayerful condolences to those mourning the sudden loss of a loved one and in asking the Lord to bring healing to all those suffering physical and emotional anguish in the wake of this incident,” Archbishop … [Read more...]