Mindful of God’s mercy, pastor accepts new role as Bishop of Nottingham

Nottingham, England, May 15, 2015 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the news of his being appointed the Bishop of Nottingham by Pope Francis, Monsignor Patrick McKinney said that in his nearly four decades as a priest he has been conscious of God’s great mercy in his life. “Throughout my priestly ministry, now almost 37 years, I have always tried to do my best in whatever has been asked of me,” he said in a May 14 statement. “In this I have been deeply conscious of … [Read more...]

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Don’t let armed drones ease the path to conflict, US bishops warn

Washington D.C., May 14, 2015 / 03:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The use of armed drones have practical and moral consequences for conflict and warfare – and the government needs to take action to address them, the U.S. Catholic bishops have said. “It is incumbent on a nation's leaders to recognize that the use of drones can lower the threshold on conflict and take appropriate steps to not succumb to their use,” wrote Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, who chairs the U.S. … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Tagle, the first Caritas Internationalis president from Asia

Vatican City, May 14, 2015 / 01:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Luis Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, is the new president of Caritas Internationalis. The general assembly of the umbrella organization of Catholic charities elected the Filipino cardinal with 91 votes out of 133.   “Thank you for your trust. I am limited in my capacities, but with all of you, with the love that Jesus has poured into our hearts and in the name of all the poor people in the world, I accept this … [Read more...]

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Philadelphia archbishop voices ‘deep sadness’, prays for train derailment victims

Philadelphia, Pa., May 14, 2015 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia reacted Wednesday to the deadly train derailment in his city with sadness and prayers. “In the wake of this disaster, I urge all people of good will to join me in extending prayerful condolences to those mourning the sudden loss of a loved one and in asking the Lord to bring healing to all those suffering physical and emotional anguish in the wake of this incident,” Archbishop … [Read more...]

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When detention denies dignity: bishops offer look inside US migrant, refugee policy

Washington D.C., May 14, 2015 / 03:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “Please help us, please pray for us.” These were the words of detained migrants and refugees at a Karnes, Texas facility who spoke Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio and his visiting delegation of religious leaders last year. “As the archbishop said Mass under a tent in the compound, the fear and trepidation on the faces of the mothers were clear,” said a new report’s account of the 2014 … [Read more...]

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US House overcomes initial setback to pass 20-week abortion ban

Washington D.C., May 13, 2015 / 06:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two years after abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of committing three first-degree murders at his abortion clinic, the House passed a bill Wednesday that effectively bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. “This bill is about protecting pain-capable babies and their mothers from the tragedy … of late-term abortion-on-demand," Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), the bill's sponsor, stated May 13 to reporters … [Read more...]

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Cyprus archbishop, Caritas presidential prospect: caring for creation means putting people first

Rome, Italy, May 13, 2015 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Maronite Archbishop Joseph Soueif of Cyprus, one of two candidates to be the next president of Caritas International, has said that caring for creation means putting the human being first. “The motto of this conference is ‘One human family, care for creation.’ One human family means all of us, diverse cultures and societies, we are one,” the archbishop told CNA May 13. “This is the purpose of this … [Read more...]

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