Wyoming Catholic College dismisses chaplain for misbehavior

Lander, Wyo., Dec 6, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA).- Wyoming Catholic College has discharged its new chaplain Father Stuart MacDonald following the discovery of a “pattern of misbehavior” around students such as excess drinking and bad language.“I think it’s very sad that this happened. I think it’s particularly sad that it involved a priest of the Catholic Church,” college president Father Robert Cook told CNA Dec. 5.“I really am very happy that we so … [Read more...]

Cincinnati Catholic charities stress public-private partnership

Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec 6, 2012 / 02:24 am (CNA).- Leaders of 11 Catholic human services providers from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are calling on lawmakers to protect the poor from the “fiscal cliff” by safeguarding funding to the programs that serve those in need.The agencies reminded politicians that "it is through a partnership with an adequate federal safety net that the tireless work of our Catholic and all agencies, volunteers, and contributors can more effectively … [Read more...]

Irish pro-lifers hold vigil against abortion legislation

Dublin, Ireland, Dec 6, 2012 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of Irish pro-life demonstrators packed the street outside of the Dáil Eireann in Dublin for a Vigil for Life on Dec. 4, calling on the legislature not to pass any laws that would allow abortion. “We need to ensure that both our mothers and babies are best protected by banning abortion,” said Niamh Ui Bhrian of the Ireland pro-life group Life Institute. Attendees at the candlelight vigil included adults, … [Read more...]

Peruvian priests lauded for work with gang members, poor

Lima, Peru, Dec 5, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Radio Programas del Peru, the largest radio network in the country, has chosen two priests to receive its annual award for their work in “inspiring the country.” Father Jose Chuquillanqui Yamamoto and Father Jose Ignacio Mantecon were chosen for the honor for their initiatives with the poor and underprivileged in the capital city of Lima. Through sports and educational programs, Fr. Mantecon has helped more than 400 young people escape … [Read more...]

Catholic charity groups welcome Pope’s call for fidelity

Washington D.C., Dec 5, 2012 / 03:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Leaders of Catholic charities in the U.S. reaffirmed Pope Benedict's recent message on the need to remain firmly rooted in the Gospel and Catholic identity while reaching out to serve those in need. “The Church's charitable work is directly tied to our love of God,” said Don Clemmer, assistant director of media relations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Love of God and love of neighbor are intricately … [Read more...]

Pope makes second appeal for Congo as situation worsens

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2012 / 01:38 pm (CNA).- The Pope has repeated his plea for international humanitarian aid in the Democratic Republic of Congo just two months after his last appeal for the country."I renew my call for dialogue and ask the international community to work to provide for the needs of the population," he told the thousands of people at the Dec. 5 general audience.Pope Benedict XVI previously appealed for the country's peace during his Angelus on Sept. 30, … [Read more...]

Vatican office to launch Pope smartphone app

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, announced that his office is designing a new app on Pope Benedict for smartphones. Called “The Pope,” the new app for iPhones and iPads will be sent to Apple for approval next week, said Gustavo Entrala of the Spanish communications firm 101.   The app will allow users to follow the Pope's speeches and homilies live … [Read more...]