Pope issues urgent appeal for global help of Iraqi Christians

Vatican City, Aug 7, 2014 / 08:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Iraq’s largest Christian city fell into the hands of the Islamic State, Pope Francis issued an urgent appeal asking for peace, and called for worldwide efforts to assist those affected by increasing violence. “In light of the very distressing events, the Holy Father renews his spiritual closeness to the many who are experiencing this extremely painful trial,” an Aug. 7 statement from the Vatican read. “He … [Read more...]

Religious leaders help build dialogue in conflict, ambassador says

Vatican City, Aug 7, 2014 / 05:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli ambassador to the Holy See lauded Pope Francis’ continued calls for peace, stating that religious leaders often help two sides of a conflict foster trust. “Sometimes spiritual, religious leaders and interreligious dialogue can pave the way for a dialogue between two sides to a conflict,” Dr. Zion Evrony told CNA August 5. “It can abolish misconceptions, it can … [Read more...]

Don’t ignore rural Catholics in America, advocate exhorts

Des Moines, Iowa, Aug 7, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An advocate for Catholics living in rural settings said it is unfortunate that this group sometimes feels like second-class citizens, and cautioned that the Church neglects them at her own peril. “The Church as dioceses and archdioceses, are primarily focused on urban areas, where a bulk of the population lives. But there are still many in rural communities, and often they are, I have to say, feeling like second-class citizens, … [Read more...]

Alabama governor laments judge’s abortion clinic ruling

Montgomery, Ala., Aug 7, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Robert Bentley, Alabama's governor and a trained physician, has expressed disappointment that a law he signed last year requiring abortionists in the state to have hospital admitting privileges was  struck down by a federal judge. “We are extremely disappointed by today’s ruling,” Bentley stated. “As a doctor, I firmly believe that medical procedures, including abortions, performed in Alabama should … [Read more...]

Congregation for religious issues guidelines for financial management

Vatican City, Aug 7, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's congregation for religious has released guidelines on the management of congregations, requiring them to adapt to international financial reporting standards and to verify that their financial operations align with their charisma. The guidelines are contained in an Aug. 2 circular letter, released Tuesday, signed by the prefect and the secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of … [Read more...]

Social networking prayer site holds contest to share faith

Madrid, Spain, Aug 6, 2014 / 05:13 pm (CNA).- The social networking site May Feelings, dedicated to sharing prayers and messages, has announced a new contest to reward the “most original, creative and effective” efforts that challenge youth to share the faith. May Feelings is seeking submissions of videos of two minutes or less that express how to “make noise” to bring faith to others. This can take the form of acting, a hashtag trend, an app, a website, or a … [Read more...]

‘American dream’ ends in deportation for Honduran moms

Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Aug 6, 2014 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Angelica Galvez set off this summer on a grueling, one-month journey to the U.S. – fleeing economic hardship in violence-ridden Honduras and seeking a better life for her six-year-old daughter. “We traveled by train, we had to sleep on a hill and even beg for money,” she told local Catholic weekly newspaper Fides. The young mother's hopes were cut short, however, once she reached El Paso, Texas. She was … [Read more...]