San Diego bishop recovering after stroke

San Diego, Calif., Apr 21, 2014 / 06:33 pm (CNA).- Bishop Cirilo Flores of San Diego is “alert and in good spirits” after suffering a stroke on the afternoon of April 16, according to a statement released by the diocese. “With the faithful people of God let us pray for Bishop Flores’ speedy and full recovery,” the San Diego diocese’s vicar general Monsignor Steven F. Callahan said April 17. The bishop suffered the stroke in his office at the … [Read more...]

Ads bring Church’s message to mainstream NY radio

New York City, N.Y., Apr 21, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Lay Catholics on the East Coast have teamed up with a prominent cardinal to create ads for secular radio proclaiming the Church’s message to an audience who may not otherwise hear it. “This is an incredible opportunity to have listeners on a secular news radio media hear a message that gives very tangible examples of the good in the Catholic Church – what it has been doing, what it is doing, and what it will … [Read more...]

Share gospel joyfully for Easter, Singaporean bishop encourages

Singapore, Apr 21, 2014 / 03:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Easter message to his flock, the Archbishop of Singapore urged them to proclaim the gospel “with joy and with passion.” “In our celebration of Easter, we are reminded once again that through the Paschal mystery, (Christ's) death and resurrection has given us a certain hope of new life,” wrote Archbishop William Goh Seng Chye. “Despair is overcome by hope; hatred is overcome by love; injustice by … [Read more...]

Spread ‘joyous wonder’ of Easter, Pope tells Christians

Vatican City, Apr 21, 2014 / 11:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Monday exhorted the Christian faithful to spread the joy of Easter to others. “Happy Easter!” he said. “Christ is Risen! He is truly risen.” The Pope addressed thousands of faithful gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for the Regina Coeli April 21. “Let the joyous wonder of Easter Sunday radiate through our thoughts, looks, attitudes, gestures and words,” he said, according to … [Read more...]

Cardinal McCarrick visits Central African Republic, promotes peace

Washington D.C., Apr 21, 2014 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the violence currently plaguing the Central African Republic, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick believes the country can recover if it abandons vengeance and focuses on a shared sense of humanity. “It is a rich country in its natural resources and its human resources, which is why it's a shame that they have had to suffer so,” the archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C., told CNA on April 15, after returning from a … [Read more...]

‘Love has triumphed over hatred,’ says Pope on Easter

Vatican City, Apr 20, 2014 / 05:45 am (CNA).- In his Easter “urbi et orbi” Easter message “to the city and the world,” Pope Francis focused on the victory of love brought about through Christ’s death and resurrection. “The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over … [Read more...]

Pope: Easter invites return to our first encounter with Jesus

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2014 / 02:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for the Easter Vigil Pope Francis encouraged those present to remember the moment they first felt the love of God, saying that Jesus' resurrection is a time to relive this experience anew. “Returning to Galilee means treasuring in my heart the living memory of that call, when Jesus passed my way, gazed at me with mercy and asked me to follow him,” the pontiff said during the April 19 evening vigil, held … [Read more...]