New Sydney archbishop hopes for seminaries ‘teeming with new life’

Sydney, Australia, Nov 14, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At his Mass of Installation on Wednesday, Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney said that by the time of his retirement, he hopes for a local Church filled with vocations to priesthood and the religious life. “What will this Archdiocese look like when, God willing, I retire in 2035? My hope is for a Church in which the Gospel is preached with joy, the wisdom of our tradition mined with fidelity, the sacraments celebrated with … [Read more...]

No more death or violence – Mexican bishops say ‘enough is enough’

Cuernavaca, Mexico, Nov 14, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of the September disappearance of 43 students in Mexico, the country’s bishops pled on Wednesday for an end to the incessant violence entrenching the nation, and called on citizens to help build a society rooted in justice. “The bishops of Mexico say: enough is enough! We don't want any more blood. We don't want any more death. We don't want any more disappearances. We don't want any more … [Read more...]

The deadly cost of population control: India’s targeted women

Denver, Colo., Nov 13, 2014 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- India's population control policy is under fire after at least 14 women died following botched sterilizations due to negligent medical practices in one of the country’s poorest states, Chhattisgarh.On Monday, the death toll was eleven women, with more than 50 others hospitalized – 20 of them in critical condition – after being sterilized at a state run camp in Chhattisgarh. By Wednesday, another woman had died and … [Read more...]

Catholics, Muslims together condemn terrorist acts in name of religion

Vatican City, Nov 13, 2014 / 03:34 pm (CNA).- In a joint statement delivered Thursday, the Catholic-Muslim Forum condemned acts of terrorism, oppression, and violence, affirming it is never acceptable to use religion to justify such acts. The Catholic-Muslim Forum was held Nov. 11-13 in Rome. It was established in 2008 for dialogue between the religions, and it meets every three years to harvest the fruit of more grassroots dialogue pursued between the forums. The group met on Wednesday with … [Read more...]

‘Red flags’ in Kenyan vaccine controversy demand answers

Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 13, 2014 / 01:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Organizers in charge of a controversial vaccination campaign in Kenya should be transparent and cooperate with the Kenyan bishops’ request for investigation of the program, says a leading Catholic bioethicist. “There are aspects of this that need to be raising red flags because of history and because of the way it was all being done. But raising red flags doesn’t mean that there’s something that actually has … [Read more...]

For Pope Francis, kingdom of God grows by silent witness, not spectacles

Vatican City, Nov 13, 2014 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass on Thursday that the kingdom of God, already present among us, never attracts attention to itself but rather is cultivated though silent holiness in everyday life. “The Kingdom of God is humble, like the seed: humble, but it becomes great by the power of the Holy Spirit,” the Pope told those at the chapel of the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse for his Nov. 13 Mass. “It … [Read more...]

The Lebanese model: a multi-religious solution for Syria and Iraq?

Beirut, Lebanon, Nov 13, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The apostolic nuncio to Lebanon has said the country is a model of multi-religious coexistence that could help resolve violent sectarian conflicts in the Middle East. “There are no majorities or minorities here, but each one is part of the whole,” Archbishop Gabriele Caccia told several Catholic reporters in a recent meeting at the nunciature in Jounieh, Lebanon. “Even at this moment, if we look at a solution for … [Read more...]