Works of mercy caress, bind Christ’s wounds, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2013 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle, Pope Francis said that encountering Christ is done by reaching out to our "wounded brothers" in works of mercy – touching Jesus' own wounds. “We find Jesus’ wounds in carrying out works of mercy, giving to the body – the body – and also to the soul, but the body, I stress, of your wounded brother,” the Bishop of Rome taught at his homily for daily … [Read more...]

Milwaukee archbishop releases abuse documentation

Milwaukee, Wis., Jul 3, 2013 / 04:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki has released almost 6,000 pages of documents related to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s handling of sex abuse cases, saying the documents will help the Church face up to mistakes and prevent abuse. “My hope in voluntarily making these documents public is that they will aid abuse survivors, families, and others in understanding the past, reviewing the present and allowing the Church in … [Read more...]

Pro-life advocates laud Ohio budget provisions

Columbus, Ohio, Jul 3, 2013 / 02:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ohio governor John Kasich signed a state budget on Sunday which local pro-life backers say is the “most pro-life in history.” “Ohio Right to Life applauds Governor Kasich and the vast pro-life majorities in the House and Senate,” Mike Gonidakis, the organization's president, said June 30. “Low-income pregnant women will now receive greater care and their unborn child will have a much greater … [Read more...]

Slain Syrian priest remembered at Mass in Rome

Rome, Italy, Jul 3, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA).- Father Francois Mourad, a monk killed last week in the ongoing violence in Syria, is being prayed for and remembered at a Mass in Rome on July 4. The Mass, to be said by Bishop Matteo M. Zuppi, an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rome, will also intercede for peace in Syria. Bishop Zuppi will say the Mass on Thursday evening at the parish of Saints Fabian and Venancio. After the Mass, Fr. Ibrahim Alsabagh, a Franciscan of the Custody of the Holy … [Read more...]

Faith groups unite to stress need for HHS mandate exemptions

Washington D.C., Jul 2, 2013 / 05:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 100 religious leaders from various faith backgrounds are asking the U.S. government to respect the beliefs of those who oppose the demands of the controversial HHS mandate. “As the Catholic bishops have said from the very beginning, the underlying issue with the HHS Mandate is not about any specific teaching,” stated Archbishop of Baltimore William E. Lori, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for … [Read more...]

Online video highlights Pope Francis’ vocational path

Rome, Italy, Jul 2, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- A new animated video in 15 different languages is helping Catholics and non-Catholics learn more about Pope Francis in a simple way. Entitled “Meet Pope Francis (in 4 minutes),” the video is posted on the website Catholic Link and recounts the Holy Father’s journey through the roles of priest, bishop, cardinal and Pope. It stresses his humility and simplicity, choosing to live in a small apartment, cooking his own meals and riding … [Read more...]

US bishops support nuclear disarmament, Middle East peace efforts

Washington D.C., Jul 2, 2013 / 12:13 pm (CNA).- In a letter to President Barack Obama, two leaders of the U.S. bishops voiced support for continued efforts towards nuclear disarmament, as well as peace between Israel and Palestine. “In Berlin, you recently reiterated a vision of a world without nuclear weapons, a vision that the Catholic Church has long supported,” wrote Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Bishop Robert E. Pates of Des Moines in a June 25 letter. Cardinal … [Read more...]


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