Healing and hope: Newtown’s Catholic parish two years after shooting

Newtown, Conn., Dec 14, 2014 / 05:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was two years ago that Monsignor Robert Weiss rushed to the scene of the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, where nine of his littlest parishioners lost their lives, along with 11 of their schoolmates and six staff members. And although the healing process is far from over, there have been some signs of hope and recovery at St. Rose of Lima parish in the tight-knit community in Newtown, Conn. “The trauma is still certainly … [Read more...]

Australian bishop entrusts diocese to Mary, Star of the Sea at Installation

Pennant Hills, Australia, Dec 13, 2014 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During the homily at his Mass of Installation as Bishop of Broken Bay on Friday, Peter Comensoli entrusted both the diocese and his ministry to Our Lady Star of the Sea, and centered on the proclamation of Christ. “On this feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, for who I have had a special devotion, I entrust my ministry and our diocese to the loving protection of St Mary, Star of the Sea, our sure light leading us to … [Read more...]

St. Lucy an example of courage for all who face disabilities, Pope says

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2014 / 09:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an audience with people who are blind and visually impaired Pope Francis said that St. Lucy’s courage in facing martyrdom can teach them to live their disability without fear or isolation. “Lucy suggests to us a value which for me seems very important also for you: courage,” the Pope told members of the Italian Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired on Dec. 13. “She was a young woman, helpless, but … [Read more...]

Knights donate $2 million to papal charities, Middle East relief

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2014 / 09:13 am (CNA).- The Knights of Columbus have donated $1.6 million to the Pope’s personal charities, and are giving an additional $400,000 to assist the Holy See’s relief efforts in the Middle East. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson informed Pope Francis of the donations during a Dec. 12 private audience with the pontiff, which is the third that has been granted him since Francis’ election in March, 2013. The donations to the papal charities come … [Read more...]

Pope pleads with Middle East churches to address crisis together

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2014 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis addressed the increasing challenges caused by violence in the Middle East with members of the Syriac Catholic Church, urging them to work alongside other churches to find solutions. “Many have fled to seek shelter from an inhumanity that throws entire populations out into the streets, leaving them without any means of survival,” the Pope observed in his Dec. 12 address. Together with other churches, he said, … [Read more...]

Pro-life ad group sees unprecedented success in 2014

Austin, Texas, Dec 12, 2014 / 07:09 pm (CNA).- Heroic Media is celebrating their most successful year yet, reporting their pro-life ads have generated more than 360,000 responses, the highest number in the apostolate's ten-year history. “This is more than a number for us – every woman we are able to connect with a pregnancy center means a potential life saved,” Joe Young, vice president of operations at Heroic Media, said in a Dec. 9 statement. Heroic Media is a … [Read more...]

Our Lady of Guadalupe, the great missionary who protects her people

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2014 / 01:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis praised Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday as “a great missionary” who brought the faith to Latin America, as he called on Christians to see her prayers as an introduction to the Beatitudes and to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “Through her intercession, the Christian faith has become the richest treasure of the soul of the Latin American people, whose precious pearl is Jesus Christ: a heritage which is … [Read more...]