Cardinal George praised at funeral for faith, conviction, courage in suffering

Chicago, Ill., Apr 23, 2015 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George received everything good from God and these gifts must now be passed on by those who mourn him, said the homilist at his funeral on Thursday. “The cardinal’s faith was simple, direct, without pretense or embarrassment. Spontaneous, bold, profound and even childlike,” Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle said in his homily at the cardinal’s Funeral Mass. “He was so … [Read more...]

Senate reaches compromise on abortion funding in trafficking bill

Washington D.C., Apr 23, 2015 / 10:19 am (CNA).- After six weeks of gridlock, members of both parties in the Senate bridged a disagreement over abortion funding in a new human trafficking bill by dividing up funding streams for the new project. “The fund really is supposed to be about shelters and housing and victims' services and also, of course, law enforcement,” said Amy Klobuchar (D- Minn.), to NPR. Klobuchar has, along with party leaders, contributed to the legislative … [Read more...]

Marriage march in DC expects diverse, wide-ranging support

Washington D.C., Apr 23, 2015 / 03:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- People from a variety of faiths and backgrounds will unite in Washington, D.C., April 25 to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman in the third annual March for Marriage. “It’s going to be a diverse group, and it’s going to highlight how people of different faiths and backgrounds all come together to support the truth, and marriage is the union of a man and a woman,” Brian Brown, president of the … [Read more...]

Why no Catholic is exempt from caring about the environment

Washington D.C., Apr 22, 2015 / 04:25 am (CNA).- What does it mean to be truly pro-life? Amid debates over abortion and the death penalty, Catholic ecologists say that one issue is often overlooked in discussions involving human life and dignity – the environment. “Environmental truths are very much linked to and related to human life issues. They’re really one in the same,” said Bill Patenaude, a special lecturer in theology at Providence College and founder of the … [Read more...]

Beauty in Nebraska: College’s transformed church hopes to help students be saints

Lincoln, Neb., Apr 21, 2015 / 04:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On a Friday night in spring of 2010, nearly 150 Catholic students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln gathered at their Newman Center to share their ideas for a rebuilding project. With iPhones in hand, the students found photographs of churches around the world and pointed out their favorite features: soaring arches, intricate stained glass, communion rails. Over the next five years, artisans and donors from across the world … [Read more...]

Confirmed priest abuse allegations in single digits for 2014

Washington D.C., Apr 21, 2015 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- There are tens of thousands of Catholic clergy in the U.S. – but there were fewer than 10 substantiated allegations of clergy sex abuse committed in the 2013-2014 audit period, according to the U.S. bishops' latest report. In addition, almost all clergy, laity and other workers and volunteers at Catholic institutions have undergone safe environment training. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the … [Read more...]

CRS deliberating over vice president in same-sex civil marriage

Oklahoma City, Okla., Apr 20, 2015 / 04:19 pm (CNA).- A communications official with Catholic Relief Services said that the organization is aware that one of their vice presidential employees is in a same-sex civil marriage, and is in deliberations about it. “Rick Estridge has served CRS for 16 years and currently holds the position as our vice president of overseas finance. Rick is in a same sex civil marriage,” said CRS senior manager for communications Tom Price. “At … [Read more...]