The storied life of San Antonio’s Archbishop Flores

San Antonio, Texas, Jan 10, 2017 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop emeritus Patricio Fernandez Flores of San Antonio died Monday at the age of 87, prompting many to remember his role in supporting Mexican-American and Latino Catholics.One response came from Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, who succeeded Archbishop Flores as Archbishop of San Antonio and who remembered him as “my good friend and mentor.”“Archbishop Flores lived a long and good life and through his … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Humility, service are at the heart of Christ’s power

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2017 / 03:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis warned against the destruction of clericalism in his Jan. 10 homily, stressing that humility was power behind Christ’s authority.“He was at the service of the people. He had an attitude of a servant,” the Pope said of Christ. In his Tuesday homily at the Casa Santa Marta, he linked the authority of Jesus with his service, closeness to the people, and sincerity.  When Jesus emptied himself of his … [Read more...]

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Church in Brazil laments tragedy of gang-fueled prison riots

Manaus, Brazil, Jan 10, 2017 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After nearly 100 inmates died in gang-related riots at prisons in northern Brazil through Jan. 8, Church officials in the country have recommitted themselves to assisting in the rehabilitation of prisoners and parolees.Riots at prisons in the states of Amazonas and Roraima between Jan. 1 and Jan. 8 have left 97 dead.“There are a number of structural as well as technical problems today (in the prisons). In all this we have … [Read more...]

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First Filipino to lead a US diocese will take reigns in Salt Lake City

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2017 / 08:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday the Vatican announced the appointment of Filipino-born Bishop Oscar A. Solis, currently an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as the new head of the Diocese of Salt Lake City.Bishop Solis, 63, will fill a more than 20-month vacancy in Salt Lake City, after the previous bishop, John Charles Wester, was tapped to lead the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, N.M. in April 2015.In an interview with L.A. diocesan newspaper … [Read more...]

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For Somali refugees, Catholic agencies ‘welcome the stranger’

St. Paul, Minn., Jan 10, 2017 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Somali couple with three children is seeking a new life in Minnesota thanks to a Catholic Charities’ resettlement program that cites a Christian imperative for its work.“Now the family is together and thankful for their new home. While they are learning about Minnesota and adjusting to the cold weather, they have a place to live and food in the cupboards,” Julia Jenson, Catholic Charities St. Paul-Minneapolis … [Read more...]

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Therese of Lisieux’s parents inspired this drug rehab project

Montevideo, Uruguay, Jan 10, 2017 / 05:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A project to end the drug scourge in Uruguay has drawn inspiration from the recently canonized parents of the “Little Flower” Saint Therese of Lisieux.Saint Louis Martin and Saint Zelie Guerin, whom Pope Francis canonized in October 2015, are the namesakes of a chapel in the headquarters of the Renacer Project. The Catholic initiative, whose name refers to being born again, has worked for 28 years to aid the full … [Read more...]

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One of the largest collections of Ethiopian religious texts is now in DC

Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2017 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With a recent gift of more than 600 handmade leather manuscripts, the Catholic University of America is now home to one of the most important collections of Ethiopian religious manuscripts in the United States.The collection includes Christian, Islamic, and “magic” texts. It is the largest collection of Ethiopian Islamic manuscripts outside of Ethiopia.Dr. Aaron M. Butts, a Professor of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and … [Read more...]

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