Pope Francis documentary becomes Amazon bestseller

Washington D.C., Dec 19, 2013 / 03:50 pm (CNA).- A recent documentary on Pope Francis, “Francis: The Pope From The New World,” has become a bestseller on Amazon.com and at one point ranked number four in the documentary category. “This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins — but does not end — with his gestures of humility and care for everyone,” Carl Anderson, an … [Read more...]

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Koch grant consistent with Church teaching, CUA tells critics

Washington D.C., Dec 19, 2013 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic University of America has defended a $1 million gift from the Koch brothers against “presumptuous” criticisms that accepting the grant would cause scandal and obscure Church insight on economics. “The aim of the Charles Koch Foundation grant – to support research into principled entrepreneurship – is fully consistent with Catholic social teaching,” the university said in a Dec. 16 … [Read more...]

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‘Extreme’ judicial appointee confirmed to key court position

Washington D.C., Dec 19, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA).- The confirmation of Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to the D.C. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has prompted concerns from critics worried about her “radical” views on abortion and religious freedom. Ed Whelan, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Ethics and Public Policy Center and former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, criticized Pillard’s “manifest extremism on abortion” and “extremism against … [Read more...]

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Health group slams push for abortion in Catholic hospitals

Washington D.C., Dec 18, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The New York Times was “inaccurate and irresponsible” to claim that Catholic hospitals' refusal to perform abortions threatens pregnant mothers in obstetric emergencies, the Catholic Health Association says. “Catholic hospitals in the United States have a stellar history of caring for mothers and infants,” the association said Dec. 9. “Hundreds of thousands of patients have received extraordinary care … [Read more...]

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Bishop Deeley appointed head of Maine’s Portland diocese

Portland, Maine, Dec 18, 2013 / 10:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis today appointed Bishop Robert Deeley, who has been an auxiliary bishop of Boston for the past year, as bishop of the Diocese of Portland, which serves the state of Maine. “As I prepare to serve the faithful of the Diocese of Portland as their new bishop and shepherd, I wish to offer my gratitude first to our Holy Father Pope Francis for entrusting me with this honor and responsibility and to Cardinal Seán … [Read more...]

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Minn. auxiliary bishop looks forward to sharing Christ’s light

St. Paul, Minn., Dec 18, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Andrew Cozzens, who was consecrated an auxiliary bishop of the Saint Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese Dec. 9, is excited that his new ministry will facilitate the spread of Christ's love. “Being with people. Sharing the love of Jesus with people. Helping people experience the love of Jesus, teaching them to pray, teaching them about the beauty of God's love,” Bishop Cozzens told CNA in a Dec. 12 interview, … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Chaput says five Philly priests unfit for ministry

Philadelphia, Pa., Dec 18, 2013 / 01:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Continuing the Philadelphia archdiocese's response to a grand jury report on sex abuse or misconduct by clergy, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Dec. 15 declared five priests unsuitable for ministry, including one who faced a substantiated allegation of abuse committed 30 years ago. “Priests on administrative leave are not permitted to exercise their public ministry, administer any of the sacraments, wear clerical attire, … [Read more...]

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