Pope Francis urges Irish, British to value each human life

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2013 / 11:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of Day for Life Sunday in the U.K., Pope Francis has sent a message to British and Irish Catholics encouraging them to promote the profound value of all human life in their societies. “Calling to mind the teaching of Saint Irenaeus that the glory of God is seen in a living human being, the Holy Father encourages all of you to let the light of that glory shine so brightly that everyone may come to recognize the inestimable … [Read more...]

Contemplative monk creates comic book to teach faith

Denver, Colo., Jul 17, 2013 / 04:10 am (CNA).- Building on his lifelong love of comic books, an Eastern Catholic monk has authored a short graphic novel, “The Truth is Out There,” to help explain the truths of the faith in an understandable way. “The reason I did it in cartoon format was because I didn’t think my friends would read it any other way,” Amadeus – which is the author's pen-name – told CNA in a recent interview. “The Truth is … [Read more...]

Bishop calls for social action to address migrants’ challenges

Trenton, N.J., Jul 17, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop David O'Connell has issued a pastoral statement challenging Catholics to reach across partisan boundaries to pray and act for solutions to the challenges facing immigrants in the United States. “As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I ask all Catholics and those who believe with us, to put aside any partisan differences to pray for all our immigrant sisters and brothers, particularly on Justice for Immigrants … [Read more...]

Retired bishop who served Chicago’s Polish community dies

Chicago, Ill., Jul 17, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Thaddeus J. Jakubowski, a retired auxiliary bishop of the Chicago archdiocese who worked with the city's Polish population, died July 14 at the age of 89. “He was respected by the priests and he was very good in working with parishes,” Bishop John R. Gorman, a fellow Chicago auxiliary bishop emeritus, said the following day. The two were consecrated bishops together in 1988. Bishop Jakubowski was … [Read more...]

Military archbishop welcomes religious freedom coalition

Washington D.C., Jul 16, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Timothy Broglio has welcomed a coalition for religious freedom in the U.S. military as legislation aiming to protect religious belief and action among service members advances in Congress. “The Archdiocese looks forward to working closely as an ally as all seek to ensure the continued protection of the 1st Amendment Rights of Free Speech and the Free Exercise of Religion of the men and women of the United States … [Read more...]

Bishop catechists for World Youth Day 2013 revealed

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 16, 2013 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, more than 250 bishops from around the world will preside at catechetical sessions for pilgrims from July 24-26. “At the catecheses, we will have to limit the number of entries,” Father Leandro Lenin, director of World Youth Day's pastoral preparation department, announced July 15. Each session will take place from 9am to 1pm, and will conclude with a Mass said by the … [Read more...]

Blessed Chiara Badano an ‘excellent’ model for World Youth Day

Rome, Italy, Jul 16, 2013 / 12:30 pm (CNA).- A friend of Blessed Chiara Badano, a patroness of World Youth Day 2013 who united her suffering from cancer to Christ's passion, called her an excellent model for young people to follow. “I think that the Brazilian bishops' conference chose her because she is a model of sainthood that is simple, and not someone spectacular,” Franz Coriasco, an Italian journalist, told CNA July 16. “She proved that you can pass from the … [Read more...]