Filipinos continue to recover from Typhoon Haiyan

Manila, Philippines, Mar 19, 2014 / 04:45 pm (CNA).- More than four months since the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, the people of the Philippines remain in the process of rebuilding their lives, an aid worker there says. “Steps to recovery are on their way and huge challenges lie ahead, but our hope is not lost,” said Gilda Avedillo, program officer for Caritas Manila’s disaster risk reduction and management program. “Now Caritas Manila is organizing meetings and … [Read more...]

Chicago cardinal in hospital with flu-like symptoms

Chicago, Ill., Mar 19, 2014 / 02:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has been in the hospital at Loyola University Medical Center since Friday, after physicians found during a routine checkup that he was dehydrated. “Cardinal George is expected to be released from the hospital later this week,” the Chicago archdiocese said March 18. “He asks that people continue to pray for him as he continues to keep people in his prayers.” He is being … [Read more...]

Pope may give opening lecture of Italian bishops’ assembly

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2014 / 01:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will likely be giving the inaugural lecture of the annual general assembly of the Italian bishops’ conference scheduled for May 19-23, according to Italian publication “Il Fatto Quotidiano.” Customarily, the president of the conference delivers the opening address, after having agreed with the Pope on its main topics, in an audience that takes place the Saturday before the beginning of the assembly. The … [Read more...]

Saint Joseph the model for educators, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2014 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the feast of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary, Pope Francis called the saint a role model for all fathers and educators during his General Audience this Wednesday at the Vatican. “Let us look at Joseph as the model for educators, for he guards and accompanies Jesus in his journey of growth ‘in wisdom, age, and grace,’” the Pope urged March 19 in St. Peter’s Square. Examining these three modes … [Read more...]

Worldwide Christian persecution a growing trend, report shows

New York City, N.Y., Mar 19, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recently-released summary report called “Persecuted and Forgotten?” Aid to the Church in Need has revealed a worldwide growth in discrimination against Christians in scope and frequency.The persecution of Christians “has increased over the last 10 to 15 years,” said Ed Clancy, director of evangelization and outreach at Aid to the Church in Need, in an interview with CNA last month, adding that … [Read more...]

Interfaith leaders launch effort against human trafficking

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2014 / 02:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic, Anglican, and Muslim leaders have launched an anti-human trafficking network that hopes to eradicate the crime by 2020 through the mobilization of religious communities. “It’s not politically correct to call this modern slavery a crime against humanity, but we want to arrive at that in national and international law,” said Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the … [Read more...]

Underground Chinese bishop in Shanghai dies at 97

Shangai, China, Mar 19, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang, a bishop of Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China who spent decades under arrest for his faith, died March 16 at the age of 97. The Cardinal Kung Foundation said March 16 that the bishop died “surrounded by some of his faithful parishioners.” “He died at his home still under house arrest, a sentence that entailed strict surveillance by the government for most of the last two … [Read more...]