Catholic aid organizations scramble to meet Iraqi needs

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2014 / 04:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a tumultuous Iraq facing an increasingly uncertain future, Catholic charity organizations are rallying to meet the immediate needs of those afflicted by ongoing violence. “Movement is pretty limited, so all numbers and information we get is anecdotal,” Kris Ozar, correspondent for Caritas Egypt, an international relief agency of the Church, told CNA June 30. “The one thing that’s certain and that I’m … [Read more...]

Surge of ‘desperate’ migrant children leaves needs unmet

Washington D.C., Jul 3, 2014 / 04:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As a wave of unaccompanied children adds to the already large numbers of immigrants entering the United States, humanitarian groups warn that resources to serve the vulnerable population are running thin. Fr. Sean Carroll of the Kino Border Initiative, a migration advocacy organization, was able to visit a federal facility housing migrants in Nogales, Ariz., but was not allowed to minister to the people there. “They … [Read more...]

Pope Francis banner in downtown Denver aims to inspire

Denver, Colo., Jul 3, 2014 / 02:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A 10-foot tall banner depicting Pope Francis embracing a young child was hung July 1 on the exterior of the Samaritan House homeless shelter in downtown Denver, as a reminder of the need for loving service and encounter. “This beautiful image illustrates the Holy Father’s vision of love and charity in Jesus Christ,” said Wendy Oldenbrook, director of marketing and communications at Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese … [Read more...]

Cardinals council zeroes-in on Vatican management, finances

Vatican City, Jul 3, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the second of four days of meetings, the council of eight cardinals discussed the management of the Vatican State and of the Curia, including the so-called “Vatican Bank,” whose process of reform is ongoing. Pope Francis, along with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, is involved in the meetings with the group of cardinals who he selected last year to help in Church reform efforts. The Pope was present at … [Read more...]

Wave of religious freedom rulings follows Supreme Court decision

Washington D.C., Jul 2, 2014 / 08:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the days following a Supreme Court ruling upholding religious freedom in the workplace, several lower courts have issued decisions protecting religious liberty in similar circumstances. Several new injunctions issued since the Supreme Court’s ruling on Hobby Lobby’s case “show that the HHS Mandate is on its last legs when it comes to religious non-profits,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel at the Becket Fund … [Read more...]

Archbishop asks Okla. civic center to reconsider black mass

Oklahoma City, Okla., Jul 2, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Just a few months after a black mass reenactment was planned – and then canceled – at Harvard University, another has been scheduled to take place at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21, prompting calls for organizers to reconsider. Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said in a statement that the archdiocese is “astonished and grieved that the Civic Center would promote as entertainment and sell … [Read more...]

DC cardinal recalls faith of early US Catholics

Washington D.C., Jul 2, 2014 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl exhorted the faithful to be “vigilant” in protecting their God-given religious liberty, invoking the faith of the first U.S. Catholics. As with the first Catholic settlers, the Holy Spirit is still at work today, the cardinal stated in his June 28th homily. “Even today in the context of a secular world, the quiet, soft … [Read more...]