In tough times, Catholics of Detroit provide ‘voice of hope’

Detroit, Mich., Aug 1, 2013 / 04:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of Detroit’s decision to file for bankruptcy, Catholics in the city are using a variety of venues to provide essential services to neighbors in need.“The reality here in Detroit is that we have been dealing with a down time in the economy for several years now,” explained John Kohn, director of public relations for the Archdiocese of Detroit.But in the midst of ongoing struggle, he told CNA, “one … [Read more...]

North Carolina pro-life law praised as positive step

Raleigh, N.C., Aug 1, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life advocates are praising North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for signing into law a multi-part pro-life bill that rasies abortion safety regulations in the state.“While we pray for the day when there is no longer a need for any clinic that performs abortions, this bill is a positive step,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh said.“But there is more to be done. We will continue to witness, advocate, educate and … [Read more...]

Archbishop of Rio underscores positive impact of WYD

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 31, 2013 / 06:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro said World Youth Day 2013 has had a positive impact on the country, not only in economic terms, but also as far as Catholic witness. “Copacabana has never seen so many joyful and peaceful people committed to building a better world,” he said, referring to the more than three million young people who lined the beach for the Closing Mass.Speaking at a July 30 press … [Read more...]

Pope names Brooklyn bishop to head Bridgeport diocese

Bridgeport, Conn., Jul 31, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has selected Auxiliary Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Brooklyn to be the next Bishop of Bridgeport, Conn.“My friends, I come to you as a fellow pilgrim on the journey of faith, eager to learn about the good work done each day throughout our diocese,” Bishop Caggiano said at a July 31 press conference in Bridgeport.“I ask for your prayers, help and support. Let us work together, inviting one another to … [Read more...]

Vatican Bank’s new website aims for transparency

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2013 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- The Institute for Religious Works, informally known as the Vatican Bank, has launched a new website intended to advance transparency about the institute at a time of controversy.The institute’s president, Ernst von Freyberg, said the website is intended “to tell our customers, the Church, the interested public, what we are doing, how our reform efforts are progressing, and what the scope of our work is.”“It is an … [Read more...]

After train crash, archbishop points to Christ for comfort

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Jul 31, 2013 / 01:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Celebrating Mass for the 79 victims of the July 24 train crash near Santiago de Compostela, Spanish Archbishop Julia Barrio invited the mourning families to seek hope and comfort in Christ.When we unite our suffering to that of Christ, it becomes redemptive, the archbishop told those gathered at a July 29 Mass at the Santiago Cathedral, including the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Spanish President Mariano Rajoy, and … [Read more...]

Pope Francis thinking about declaring Pius XII a saint

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2013 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is considering whether he will make Pope Pius XII a saint, in the same way that he approved the cause of John XXIII.   A source who works at the Vatican’s Congregation for Causes of Saints, who asked for anonymity, told CNA July 25 that “just as Pope Francis moved ahead with John XXIII’s canonization, he is considering the same thing for Pius XII.” According to the normal procedures, Pius XII … [Read more...]