New auxiliary bishop for US Syro-Malabar eparchy named

Chicago, Ill., Jul 24, 2014 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Thursday named a Chicago-area priest to become an auxiliary bishop of the Syro-Malabarese Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Chicago. Father Joy Alappat, 57, the vicar of Mar Thoma Sleeha Cathedral in Bellwood, Ill., will become a bishop for the diocese which serves the faithful of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in the U.S. He was born in Parappukara, in the Indian state of Kerala, in 1956. The bishop-designate … [Read more...]

Soaring student debt sparks response from Catholic colleges

Denver, Colo., Jul 24, 2014 / 04:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With a national student loan debt of slightly more than $1 trillion, American colleges may have to start re-thinking the way they do business. Recent graduates of Catholic colleges are among those feeling the weight of student loan debt. Karissa O'Hearn and her husband Joe both graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., a few years ago. As a student, Karissa said she did not realize how signing for loan after loan would … [Read more...]

Church response to refugees is part of pro-life call, bishop says

Pittsburgh, Pa., Jul 23, 2014 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Answering the needs of refugee migrants is one component of a truly pro-life view, said a U.S. bishop, announcing a new initiative to aid children who have fled Central America for the United States. “The Catholic Church responds to humanitarian crises here at home and all across the world because we are pro-life,” said Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh. “Being pro-life requires we protect and care for … [Read more...]

Archbishop Kurtz: Do not forget the power of prayer amid violence

Washington D.C., Jul 23, 2014 / 10:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Surrounded by numerous violent conflicts throughout the world, the faithful should not forget the power of prayer, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “In the coming days and weeks I urge you to ask our Catholic people to pray for peace and to support diplomatic efforts aimed at dialogue and reconciliation,” Archbishop Kurtz said in a July 22 letter to the U.S. bishops. … [Read more...]

Pornography recovery program helps ‘fight the new drug’

Denver, Colo., Jul 23, 2014 / 04:57 am (CNA).- The co-founder and executive director of an organization that fights pornography addiction among youth says he sees a need to continue raising awareness about the harmful effects of porn. “We want to change the attitude and perception of young people on this topic so that we can help preserve relationships, love, intimacy, spirituality and inspire a new generation to pursue real love and avoid its counterfeit,” Clay Olsen told … [Read more...]

Religious liberty ‘fundamental’ to human dignity, bishops affirm

Baltimore, Md., Jul 22, 2014 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview with CNA, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore reaffirmed religious liberty as a priority for the U.S. bishops, emphasizing its relation to personal dignity and evangelization. “Let me just say that religious liberty is so fundamental to the dignity of the human person,” Archbishop Lori stated, continuing that “anyone who is an impartial observer of the culture would say that in recent times, the … [Read more...]

Lives of the saints model Catholic social teaching in new book

Huntington, Ind., Jul 22, 2014 / 11:59 am (CNA).- Dignity of the human person, solidarity and care for creation are just a few topics author Brandon Vogt discusses in his new book, “Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World.” “I hope that this book is a ringing call to saintliness for all readers to say, ‘I want to be a saint and here’s the game plan for doing it,’” Vogt told CNA July 11. The book focuses on seven basic themes of … [Read more...]


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