Chilean lawmakers ask president to denounce Iraqi violence

Santiago, Chile, Aug 27, 2014 / 12:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chilean Congress has unanimously approved a measure calling on President Michelle Bachelet to condemn “the brutal persecution” of Christians in Iraq and to ask the U.N. to take measures for a “quick solution.” Congressman Felipe De Mussy, who sponsored the measure, told CNA on Aug. 21, “We need to understand that there are people who are suffering greatly and although we may be hundreds of kilometers … [Read more...]

Outcry flares over Calif. abortion push in Catholic colleges

Sacramento, Calif., Aug 26, 2014 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid backlash from religious liberty and education advocates, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has ordered abortion coverage in health insurance plans for two Catholic universities. “California Catholics are no longer safe to practice their faith within their own institutions. Gov. Brown's decision demonstrates that, in California, tolerance does not extend to people of faith and moral conscience,” David … [Read more...]

A refreshed Benedict XVI captivates students with homily

Vatican City, Aug 26, 2014 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Participants in the annual Ratzinger “schulerkreis” study group were overjoyed at seeing the retired pontiff in good health, noting that they were deeply moved by his homily on the triumph of God's love. “The homily was very moving. It was the Gospel of the day about Cesarea of Philippi where Jesus asks the apostles, 'Who do you say I am?'” Father Vincent Twomey recalled to CNA Aug. 25. “Peter … [Read more...]

Pope names Philly bishop to head Toledo diocese

Toledo, Ohio, Aug 26, 2014 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday named Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of Philadelphia to be the next bishop of Ohio’s Diocese of Toledo. “I express my profound gratitude to Pope Francis for his confidence and trust in appointing me the shepherd of the Lord’s flock here in northwest Ohio,” Bishop Thomas said at an Aug. 26 press conference in Toledo. “Aware that I am not worthy of the office, I trust in God’s … [Read more...]

Vatican spokesman: ISIS threat to Pope Francis unfounded

Vatican City, Aug 26, 2014 / 08:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to rumors that the Islamic State may be targeting Pope Francis, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. said there is no reason for concern. “There is nothing serious to this. There is no particular concern in the Vatican. This news has no foundation,” the spokesman told CNA Aug. 26. The rumors spread following an Aug. 25 article published in Italian newspaper “Il Tempo,” which said the number of jihadists in … [Read more...]

Catholic Charities helps with relief after Calif. quake

Napa Valley, Calif., Aug 26, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in northern California is helping respond to a major earthquake, which shook Napa Valley early Sunday morning, the largest earthquake to hit the area in 25 years. Jennielynn Holmes, director of shelter and housing for Catholic Charities in the area, said they are partnering with local emergency response programs to provide assistance. “There's a lot of cleanup going on right now,” she told CNA Aug. … [Read more...]

Iraqi refugees in desperate need of aid, relief worker says

Rome, Italy, Aug 26, 2014 / 02:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As summer comes to a close and colder temperatures approach, Iraqi refugees will increasingly rely upon the international community to meet their needs, an aid worker on the ground in Kurdistan said. Kris Ozar, head of programming for Catholic Relief Service Egypt, has been traveling back and forth from Erbil, where CRS is working to help the refugees there who are in great need. Ozar voiced concern that public authorities lack a plan … [Read more...]


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