Relic of St. Francis Xavier arrives in Australia

Rome, Italy, Sep 18, 2012 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A relic of 16th century Jesuit missionary, St. Francis Xavier, has arrived in Australia ahead of a 3-month tour of the country that is expected to draw tens of thousands of pilgrims. “St. Francis has always held a special place in the hearts of Catholic Australians,” said Auxiliary Bishop Peter Comensoli as the relic arrived in Sydney Sept. 16. “I want to personally invite you and your family and friends to take up … [Read more...]

Judge dismisses case in Legion of Christ will conflict

Providence, R.I., Sep 18, 2012 / 12:04 am (CNA).- A Rhode Island judge ruled that although there is merit to her case, the niece of an elderly woman who left $60 million to the Legion of Christ ultimately lacks standing to contest her aunt's will. “Without doubt in this case, the totality of the circumstances is at least suspicious and calls for some explanation,” wrote Judge Michael Silverstein in his Sept. 7 decision. The case of Mary Lou Dauray, niece of the deceased … [Read more...]

US bishops tap Denver Catholic Charities CEO as justice department head

Washington D.C., Sep 17, 2012 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President and CEO of Denver Catholic Charities, Dr. Jonathan Reyes, is honored to accept his new role as executive director of the U.S. bishops' Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development. “Although I am sad to leave Catholic Charities and the community of northern Colorado, I am excited and honored by the opportunity to serve the Church in this capacity,” he said in a Sept. 17 statement. Msgr. Ronny … [Read more...]

Sebelius called upon to resign after violating federal law

Washington D.C., Sep 16, 2012 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal investigative agency has determined that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has violated federal law by using her official position to advocate the re-election of President Obama, and the election of another Democratic candidate. The announcement has prompted calls from The Catholic Association for the secretary's resignation. “This shows yet again that her adherence to partisanship … [Read more...]

Staying focused on Mass

Providence, R.I., Sep 16, 2012 / 01:03 pm (CNA).- The ring of a cell phone, cry of an infant parishioner, or medical emergency are unintended distractions that can often drive away the focus from the holy sacrifice of the Mass.The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “to set about hunting down distractions would be to fall into their trap, when all that is necessary is to turn back to our heart, for a distraction reveals to us what we are attached to. Therein lies the battle, … [Read more...]

Spanish archbishop St. Thomas of Villanova honored Sept. 22

Denver, Colo., Sep 16, 2012 / 07:03 am (CNA).- On Sept. 22, the Catholic Church remembers Saint Thomas of Villanova, a 16th century Spanish Augustinian monk and archbishop who lived a life of austerity in order to provide for the spiritual and material needs of his people.Born during 1488 in the Spanish region of Castile, in the town of Villanova de los Infantes, Thomas Garcia was raised to take after the faith and charitable works of his parents Alphonsus and Lucia. His father, a mill … [Read more...]

College students put their faith into action

Providence, R.I., Sep 15, 2012 / 02:34 pm (CNA).- While most college students are enjoying the final days of summer with family and friends, a group of Providence College students arrived early on campus to put their faith into action.The 26 new students and seven student coordinators participated in Faith Works, a pilot program developed to increase service opportunities available to incoming freshmen and to augment the number of faith formation programs available to the college’s … [Read more...]