Fr. Benedict Groeschel laid to rest

Newark, N.J., Oct 14, 2014 / 09:55 am (CNA).- Family and friends of the gray-habited friar Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel bid farewell to him Oct. 12 as he was laid to rest in the crypt of the Most Blessed Sacrament Friary after his funeral Mass at the Basilica Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Newark. The priest, who was an author, former EWTN host, and one of the founders of the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, passed away at 11:00 p.m. on Oct. 3, at the age of 81. Fr. Groeschel … [Read more...]

Is your faith wearing cosmetics? Take them off, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2014 / 08:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily mass on Tuesday Pope Francis warned about the hypocrisy of those who do good in order to be seen, saying that true faith is practiced through acts of charity that go beyond outward rituals. “Jesus condemns this cosmetic spirituality, (which attempts to) look good, beautiful – but the truth inside is something else,” the Pope said to those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse for his Oct. … [Read more...]

Women without wombs: New technology offers progress, warning

Washington D.C., Oct 14, 2014 / 04:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first successful birth to a woman who had undergone a womb transplant highlights both opportunities resulting from new technology and the need for caution, said a Catholic bioethics expert. “The womb can be recognized as an organ that serves a particular function,” explained Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., director of education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center. He told CNA on Oct. 10 that the … [Read more...]

What kinds of family issues are important to a Nicaraguan bishop?

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2014 / 02:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Gang violence, family separation and a “chauvinistic culture” that strains marriages are among the challenges facing families in parts of Latin America, said a bishop from Nicaragua. “Violence in families has actually intensified and increased” in the country due to poorly formulated laws, Bishop Socrates Rene Sandigo Jiron of Juigalpa, Nicaragua said. The bishop spoke to CNA from Rome, where he is taking part in … [Read more...]

Regnum Christi laity begin journey to renewal

Atlanta, Ga., Oct 14, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- North American lay members of the Legion of Christ’s apostolic movement Regnum Christi met Oct. 10-12 for their national convention in Atlanta, where they prepared to revise their laws and organizing structures. “The goal of this journey you are about to undertake is to express more clearly the lifestyle you are called to live,” Father Eduardo Robles Gil, the new director of the Legion of Christ, told Regnum Christi lay … [Read more...]

Here’s why Church teaching on ‘gay marriage’ did not change today

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2014 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic blogosphere exploded Monday after the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops released a document summarizing last week’s discussion. But while the relatio post disceptationem, which means “Report After Debate,” has been fodder for sensational headlines claiming a major shift in doctrine, the report is only a beginning, working document of the Church. The relatio, as it’s called, simply takes the topics and … [Read more...]

Don’t rush to judge Columbus, anthropologist encourages

Providence, R.I., Oct 13, 2014 / 04:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The controversies surrounding Christopher Columbus are sometimes misplaced and should not overshadow Columbus’ Christian motives in his voyages,  a scholar of religious studies and anthropology has said. “In recent times, Christopher Columbus has become the symbol for everything that went wrong in the New World, so much so that it has become difficult to celebrate the holiday commemorating his discovery of the New … [Read more...]