Leaders call for prayer in response to deadly DC shooting

Washington D.C., Sep 16, 2013 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. leaders are offering prayers for the nation following a shooting at the Navy Yard in southeast Washington, D.C., that left 13 dead and about a dozen more injured.“I join people of all faiths across our community in praying for the people killed and wounded in the attack at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C,” said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, adding that he is also praying for first responders and for family and friends of … [Read more...]

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Catholic bishops urge US to oppose massive food aid cuts

Washington D.C., Sep 15, 2013 / 07:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic bishops have asked the U.S. House of Representatives to reject $40 billion in proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program.“Adequate and nutritious food is a fundamental human right and a basic need that is integral to protecting the life and dignity of the human person,” said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., in a letter to the members of the Hou … [Read more...]

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Panel explores link between sex-selection, abuse of women

Washington D.C., Sep 14, 2013 / 04:39 pm (CNA).- A recent hearing before members of the U.S. House of Representatives examined the gender imbalance in India and its connection to human trafficking and mistreatment of women in the country.“Sex-selective abortion and female infanticide have led to lopsided sex ratios,” said Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.). “In parts of India, for example, 126 boys are born for every 100 girls.”“This in turn leads to a shortage of women, which then leads to … [Read more...]

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Denver archbishop offers prayers, support to flood victims

Denver, Colo., Sep 13, 2013 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As deadly flash flooding devastates the Colorado Front Range, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has asked for prayers for and offered assistance to those in the path of flood waters.“I am praying for the souls of those victims, for their families and all people who are being affected by the flooding. I ask all people of good will to join me in prayer,” he said in a Sept. 12 statement.Archbishop Aquila said he … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Wuerl: renewal is at heart of New Evangelization

Washington D.C., Sep 13, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics today are being called to renew their own faith in order to share the Gospel with the modern world, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C.“The role of the church is primarily to be a witness to the great human values, to be a witness to Christ’s message in the midst of everything else that is going on,” the cardinal said.“We have to be, in a way, a conscience for a nation that is caught … [Read more...]

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Youth call education key in solving Israel-Palestine conflict

Washington D.C., Sep 12, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Education and interpersonal interaction offer the best hope for change in the situation between Israel and Palestine despite challenges facing those in the region, young students said at a recent panel.“When you live under occupation, you come to accept things you shouldn't accept,” Lubna Alzaroo, a Muslim graduate of Bethlehem University and Fulbright scholar studying at the University of Washington, said Sept. 9 at … [Read more...]

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Stockton diocese faces possible bankruptcy over abuse lawsuits

Stockton, Calif., Sep 12, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishop of Stockton, California has told his parishioners that all the funds for settling sexual abuse lawsuits have been used, and that bankruptcy may be the only option for financial reorganization.“We continue to investigate our options, and no final decisions have been reached. I feel, however, that it is important to tell you that options other than filing for bankruptcy protection have not emerged,” Bishop … [Read more...]

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