Archbishop Chaput extends Passover greeting to Jewish community

Philadelphia, Pa., Apr 14, 2014 / 11:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of the Jewish observance of Passover, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has written to Philadelphia’s Jewish community to extend “the prayerful best wishes” of the Catholics of his archdiocese. “We Catholics, who owe so much to the Jewish roots of our faith, join you in revering this great feast,” Archbishop Chaput said in an April 14 message. The archbishop called Passover “the great feast … [Read more...]

Blossoming religious order in France sees global impact

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2014 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A missionary order founded in the middle Ages in France is sending their burgeoning number of vocations from Asia and especially South Korea to evangelize countries throughout the world. “Our congregation has about 4,200 sisters, and we are serving 37 countries and we will expand 3 countries more this year” Mother Maria Goretti Lee, Superior of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, told CNA on March 18. “We send … [Read more...]

Greatest fruit of WYD has been vocations, organizer says

Vatican City, Apr 14, 2014 / 05:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent gathering discussing preparations for World Youth Day in Krakow, a coordinator for the event emphasized how each year many youths receive the courage to answer their vocational call. “Year after year, the first thing we’ve seen is vocations. There are a lot of people who feel the call to serve the Church at this gathering,” Paul Jarzembowski expressed during an April 10 interview with CNA. “Perhaps … [Read more...]

One victim of trafficking is too many, cardinal emphasizes

Vatican City, Apr 13, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following a Vatican conference on human trafficking, Cardinal Vincent Nichols lamented the millions of victims and spoke of initiatives that provide an opportunity for them to come forward. In an April 10 interview with CNA, the cardinal said that although it is difficult to give an exact number of how many have suffered at the hands of modern slavery, “one is too many.” Cardinal Nichols of Westminster participated in the … [Read more...]

Pontifical council considers energy’s relation to justice, peace

Rome, Italy, Apr 13, 2014 / 07:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican body concerned with justice and peace presented a book Friday which considers their connection with energy, and how energy can both threaten and serve integral human development. “In this book, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace addresses a dialogue between faith and energy,” said Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the pontifical council, at the presentation of “Energy, Justice and Peace” … [Read more...]

Pope: Meditate on Christ’s passion during Holy Week

Vatican City, Apr 13, 2014 / 05:41 am (CNA).- In his Palm Sunday homily, Pope Francis urged the congregation to consider how their actions and attitudes reflected the various characters in the story of Jesus’ passion and death. “We have heard the (Gospel reading of the) Passion of the Lord. Only, it does us good to ask a question: Who am I? Who am I before my Lord? Who am I before Jesus who enters festively into Jerusalem?” the Pope said on April 13. “This week … [Read more...]

British woman appointed by Pope to head Pontifical Academy

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis has appointed Lady Margaret Scotford Archer as president of a group of scholars dedicated to studying issues in the social sciences in order to offer reflection and advice to the leadership of the Church. According to an April 12 press release from the Holy See, “the Holy Father has named the most illustrious Professor Lady Margaret Scotford Archer President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.” The new … [Read more...]

Bishops invited to support 2014 March for Marriage

Washington D.C., Apr 12, 2014 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two U.S. bishops leading efforts to defend and promote marriage offered their support for this year’s national March for Marriage and invited their fellow bishops to do the same. “We are very grateful for this opportunity to express our support for the March for Marriage and to encourage participation in this event,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo and Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San … [Read more...]

Archbishop urges prayer, action against Colo. abortion bill

Denver, Colo., Apr 12, 2014 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila is asking the people of Colorado to spend 10 minutes in prayer and take concrete action over the weekend to support the sanctity of human life in the face of a serious legislative threat. In an open letter dated April 11, the Denver archbishop explained that Senate Bill 175, touted as the “Reproductive Health Freedom Act,” is being debated in the Colorado Senate next week. “This … [Read more...]

Medical care must consider whole person, Pope urges surgeons

Vatican City, Apr 12, 2014 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his audience with surgeons who treat cancer patients, Pope Francis encouraged the physicians to view the person as an integral whole of body and soul. On April 12, the Holy Father spoke of the need for “comprehensive care that considers the whole person and unites also human, psychological and social support, spiritual accompaniment, and support for the family of the sick person to medical care.” His audience in the … [Read more...]