US bishops launch 9 Days for Life novena, campaign

Washington D.C., Jan 18, 2014 / 06:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops are inviting the faithful to participate in nine days of prayer, fasting and pilgrimage surrounding the 41st anniversary of legalized abortion throughout the nation. “We're all called to pray for the cause of life,” said Deirdre McQuade, assistant director of policy and communication for the U.S. Bishops'  Pro-Life Secretariat. “It's a beautiful effort,” she told CNA, … [Read more...]

Vatican spokesman to receive award from Spanish bishops

Madrid, Spain, Jan 17, 2014 / 09:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Holy See's press officer, will take part in a media conference organized by the Spanish bishops next month, during which he will receive an award for his work in communications. The conference for diocesan communications leaders will take place Feb. 3-5 in Madrid, and will include a presentation by Fr. Lombardi. At the conference's conclusion, he will be given the 2013 Bravo award. The conference … [Read more...]

Bishops ask Congress to support, resettle Syrian refugees

Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops have encouraged Congress to work to end the violence in Syria, and to help address the major humanitarian crisis facing the conflict’s more than 2 million refugees. “The Syrian refugee crisis deserves the full attention and mobilization of the international community,” Bishop Eusebio Elizondo Almaguer, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle, told a Senate subcommittee on human rights Jan. 7. “With the … [Read more...]

March for Life broadens focus to engage cultural, political realms

Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2014 / 12:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans prepare for the annual March for Life, organizers of the event are already making plans to enhance their impact long after it concludes. While many people associate the March for Life Education and Defense Fund with the massive pro-life event it holds each year in Washington, D.C., President Jeanne Monahan told CNA that the group's “plan and our hope is to be more of a … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI celebrates brother’s 90th birthday with day of music

Vatican City, Jan 17, 2014 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Retired pontiff Benedict XVI celebrated his brother Monsignor Georg Ratzinger's 90th birthday on Jan. 15 at the Vatican with a sung Mass and a simple concert. The director of the Holy See's Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, told reporters the celebrations began in the morning at the former pope's Vatican residence, Mater Ecclesia. Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary of … [Read more...]

The Pope ‘came out to meet me’, says priest who rode on popemobile

Vatican City, Jan 17, 2014 / 11:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “I was in Rome to meet the Pope, but it was the Pope who came out to meet me.” This is how Fr. Fabian Baez explained his impromptu Jan. 8 ride in the popemobile with Pope Francis. Pope Francis spotted the Argentine priest in the crowd at the General Audience that day, and welcomed him onto the popemobile. Fr. Baez spoke with CNA Jan. 16 about the experience. “I didn’t have a ticket for the audience, but I felt … [Read more...]

Pope Francis warns against a ‘worldly uniformity’

Vatican City, Jan 17, 2014 / 08:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis cautioned the faithful not to fall into the temptation of worldliness which hardens our hearts and makes us forget our “election” as children of God. “The normality of life demands fidelity from Christians to their election, and to not sell it to go towards a worldly uniformity,” the Pope stated in his Jan. 17 homily. Pope Francis began his daily Mass, held in the chapel of the … [Read more...]