CDF bars participation in events assuming truth of Medjugorje

Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2013 / 09:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the direction of the Vatican's head for doctrine, the apostolic nuncio to the U.S. has written a letter stating that Catholics “are not permitted” to participate in meetings which take for granted that the supposed Marian apparitions in Medjugorje are credible.“The Congregation (for the Doctrine of the Faith) has affirmed that, with regard to the credibility of the 'apparitions' in question, all should … [Read more...]

Charity is the ‘greatest richness’ of Church, says Pope

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2013 / 05:58 am (CNA).- During his general audience today, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of participating in the Church’s spiritual goods in order to grow closer to God as a community in charity.“Charity is the greatest richness of the Church. Living Communion in charity means not looking for one’s own interest, but rather to be capable of sharing the joys and sufferings of brethren; to be capable of carrying one another’s … [Read more...]

Vietnamese youth pledge to journey alongside Christ

Nona Bua Lamphu, Thailand, Nov 6, 2013 / 04:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A large group of Vietnamese Catholic youth living in Thailand recently participated in a faith encounter pilgrimage camp there, renewing their commitment to Christ.“The purpose of this encounter camp is to provide opportunities of empowering them with spiritual support in their faith while being away from the Catholic environment that they have been accustomed to in their home country, Vietnam,” Fr. Anthony Le … [Read more...]

Ten prelates nominated for US bishops’ conference president

Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2013 / 02:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ten bishops are nominees to become the next president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at the group's general assembly to be held in Baltimore Nov. 11-14.The nominees come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The conference president plays a significant role in coordinating and leading charitable and social work and education, while providing a public face for the Catholic Church in the U.S.Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond … [Read more...]

Red Sox outfielder’s father praises baseballer’s accomplishments

Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov 6, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA).- The father of Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino is “very proud” of both his son’s accomplishments at the World Series and of his charitable work. The Red Sox won the baseball championship on Oct. 30, after playing six games with the St. Louis Cardinals. “We are thankful to God for his baseball talent which has given him great opportunities in life,” Mike Victorino told the website Fathers for Good, of … [Read more...]

US bishops: employment bill is wrong solution to discrimination

Washington D.C., Nov 5, 2013 / 04:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bill to prohibit workplace discrimination against homosexual and transgender persons poses serious threats to religious freedom and undermines the biological basis of gender, say its critics as it heads to a crucial Senate vote. “All Americans should oppose unjust discrimination, but ENDA does not advance that goal. In fact, it moves us in the wrong direction,” said scholar and author Ryan T. Anderson.He told CNA … [Read more...]

Vatican nunciature to Syria hit by mortar; no casualties

Damascus, Syria, Nov 5, 2013 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's nunciature in Damascus was hit by a mortar round at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, damaging the building but neither killing nor injuring any persons. “Given the hour, there was only material damages, not to people,” Vatican press officer Fr. Federico Lombardi said in a press conference Nov. 5. “Had it been later it would have been much more dangerous. Thanks to God no one was hurt.” The mortar … [Read more...]