Archbishop Kurtz sees ‘great thirst’ for Christ in US

Rome, Italy, Feb 25, 2014 / 04:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, says he has witnessed a strong desire for the Catholic Church among people in the United States. “There are so many opportunities where people are thirsting: young people who are preparing for Confirmation, young adults who are searching, people of every age,” Archbishop Kurtz said. “There’s a great thirst, I think, of … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput finds two priests unsuitable for ministry

Philadelphia, Pa., Feb 25, 2014 / 02:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia had found two local priests to be unsuitable for ministry following separate, substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor more than 40 years ago, the archdiocese has announced. As a result of the archbishop’s determination, made public Feb. 23, neither priest will have any public ministry in the archdiocese. The priests may appeal the decisions to the Holy See. However, … [Read more...]

Cardinal Tempesta, the ‘worker bishop’ with communications skills

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb 25, 2014 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When he was appointed archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Orani Tempesta – newly made a cardinal -- promised to visit each parish of the populous local Church, and he has been making good on this promise. The cardinal archbishop has been making progress in visiting the 252 parishes of his archdiocese since he was appointed to Rio de Janeiro in 2009. The Brazilian newspaper “Folha” writes that Cardinal … [Read more...]

Vatican theologians recognize miracle attributed to Paul VI

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2014 / 06:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The consulting theologians of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Pope Paul VI, moving him closer to sainthood. Vatican Insider’s Andrea Tornielli reported Feb. 21 that earlier that week, the congregation’s theological experts had unanimously recognized the healing of an unborn child through the intercession of the late Roman Pontiff. In the … [Read more...]

Ethicists warn against three-parent reproductive technology

Washington D.C., Feb 24, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Concerned about the effects of a new technology that involves three parents providing genetic information to create a child, experts are cautioning against opening up the technology to human clinical trials. "The desire to help women suffering from mitochondrial disorders or infertility is admirable and worthy," wrote Robert George, McCormick professor of jurisprudence at Princeton, and Dr. Donald Landry, chair of the … [Read more...]

Seminarians recount joy of serving papal Mass for new cardinals

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2014 / 03:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two young men from England studying for the priesthood in Rome consider themselves blessed to have served at Sunday’s papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Recalling his experience, seminarian David Irwin of the Diocese of Shrewsbury, England, said it was “a huge privilege being able to serve Mass with the Holy Father.” “I think particularly as well, as it being the Mass with our new cardinal in England, … [Read more...]

Jesus is not a ‘magician,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2014 / 10:08 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ Monday morning homily reflected on Jesus’ miracles of healing, which always include a lasting encounter with the person who is healed. “These acts of Jesus make us think. When He heals, when He goes among the crowds and heals a person, He never leaves that person alone. He is not a magician, a wizard, a healer, who goes and cures and continues on his way,” explained the Pope on Feb. 24 to the congregation of … [Read more...]