Pastor laments vandalism at Buenos Aires parish

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct 3, 2013 / 12:56 am (CNA).- Father Francisco Baigorria, pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola parish in Buenos Aires, has expressed sadness and concern over the Sept. 25 desecration of his church, reportedly by students from a near-by high school.“This has caused tremendous spiritual and moral harm, because they committed sacrilege,” Fr. Baigorria told AICA news agency that day.The students destroyed numerous artifacts in the parish, among the oldest in … [Read more...]

Chinese pro-life activist awarded human rights fellowships

Washington D.C., Oct 2, 2013 / 06:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Chinese pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng has announced a new three-year partnership with the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., as well as with two other human rights groups.The blind human rights advocate will also partner with the Witherspoon Institute, a non-profit organization focused on moral reasoning in a free society, and the Lantos Foundation, a human rights organization which promotes the advance of human … [Read more...]

New book collects memories of Pope Francis from Argentina

Denver, Colo., Oct 2, 2013 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- A new book on the Holy Father gathers insights and recollections from 20 people across Argentina who knew Pope Francis as a seminarian, priest and bishop in Buenos Aires.“A Pope who is constantly surprising people with his gestures, words and teachings comes from somewhere, has a background,” said editor and translator Alejandro Bermudez, “and that's what the book tries to explore.”“Pope Francis: Our Brother, … [Read more...]

Bishops urge humility, care in resolving government shutdown

Washington D.C., Oct 2, 2013 / 03:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reacting to the federal government shutdown, the U.S. bishops cited Pope Francis’ advice to leaders that they cannot govern well “without loving the people and without humility.”“Do I love my people in order to serve them better? Am I humble and do I listen to everybody, to diverse opinions in order to choose the best path?” the Pope asked government leaders in his homily at a Sept. 16 daily Mass. … [Read more...]

Pope shares desire to guide Church to humble service, dialogue

Rome, Italy, Oct 2, 2013 / 01:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview, Pope Francis shared his vision of a poor, missionary Church that dialogues with the world and serves the needs of the people, as well as his hope for a Roman Curia that is less “Vatican-centric.”“The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old,” he said. “The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope … [Read more...]

Pastoral care of families a key topic in reform meetings

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2013 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Halfway through their meetings, the council of cardinals and Pope Francis have addressed many different themes, with the formation and care of families slated to be a high priority. During an Oct. 2 press briefing on the current status of the meetings, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi revealed that so far the council has reflected on the ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council and the upcoming Synod of Bishops. Although … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: ‘Do not be afraid of holiness’

Vatican City, Oct 2, 2013 / 06:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis urged thousands of pilgrims to recognize that although everyone is a sinner, it is possible to be holy because of God's grace. “Do not be afraid of holiness, do not be afraid to aim high, to be loved and purified by God, do not be afraid to let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit,” he told those gathered in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 2. He began his reflections … [Read more...]