Pius XII knew he would be misunderstood, theologian says

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2013 / 05:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest who knew Pius XII personally and had access to “every strip of paper” in the Vatican archives says the pontiff believed he did the right thing during the holocaust despite knowing he would be questioned. Ninety year-old Father Peter Gumpel, a former professor at the Gregorio University in Rome for 25 years, was simultaneously appointed as a Theological Consultant to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and as … [Read more...]

Architects eager to begin Crystal Cathedral’s renovation

Orange, Calif., Sep 26, 2013 / 04:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The leading architects in the massive undertaking of renovating the 'Crystal Cathedral' into Christ Cathedral for the Diocese of Orange, Calif., have expressed their excitement about the daunting project.On Sept. 18, Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Orange announced that Johnson Fain and Rios Clementi Hale Studios had been selected to collaborate on the transformation of the landmark building and its 34-acre campus.The Diocese of … [Read more...]

Like Benedict, Pope Francis doesn’t want Church of ‘moralists’

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2013 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope Francis’ mention of the Church’s priorities in a recent interview grabbed worldwide attention, few remember that Benedict XVI said substantially the same thing seven years ago.Pope Francis' interview with La Civiltà Cattolica published Sept. 19 led to headlines such as CNN's “Pope Francis says religion does not have the right to interfere spiritually in the lives of gays and lesbians” and … [Read more...]

Unauthorized migrant numbers may be increasing, study finds

Washington D.C., Sep 26, 2013 / 12:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Pope and bishops continue to call for the just and humane treatment of migrants, a new survey has found that the population of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. may be rising.In a Sept. 24 preliminary estimate, the Pew Research Center concluded that a decline in the U.S. population of unauthorized immigrants following the 2007-2009 recession has stalled.Studying U.S. Census data, the research organization noted that … [Read more...]

Religious sisters lead first class-action suit against HHS mandate

Denver, Colo., Sep 25, 2013 / 04:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Little Sisters of the Poor have filed the first class-action lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, saying that it would require them to violate the teachings of their Catholic faith.“Like all of the Little Sisters, I have vowed to God and the Roman Catholic Church that I will treat all life as valuable, and I have dedicated my life to that work,” Mother  Loraine Marie Clare Maguire, superior of the … [Read more...]

Modern heart must be won by radical love, Archbishop Chaput says

Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 25, 2013 / 01:10 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said the Holy Father’s recent lengthy interview calls attention to the modern world as a “missionary field” that needs witnesses to Christ’s saving power.“Among the many vital things the Pope reminds us of in his interview is the new and drastically different condition of the modern world that God seeks to save,” the archbishop said in a Sept. 25 column.What … [Read more...]

World needs the Church’s witness of unity, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Sep 25, 2013 / 06:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Today during his general audience, Pope Francis drew attention to the rich diversity within the universal Church, saying that such differences are in fact a sign of unity. “Dear Brothers and Sisters: in the Creed, we confess that the Church is 'one.' When we consider the rich diversity of languages, cultures and peoples present in the Church throughout the world, we realize that this unity is a God-given gift,” the … [Read more...]