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Cardinal Dolan blesses pregnant mothers, unborn babies

Cardinal Dolan blesses pregnant mothers, unborn babies

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., April 19, 2014 –Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York blessed 30 expectant mothers and their unborn children in an April 6 Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, offering a message of hope and love. “I came to more fully recognize that my faith is not just for me, but also for [...]

ROME, April 19, 2014–In his Easter Epistle, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, said ““The Power of Christ’s Resurrection today is our hope in the church, social, and personal life.” Despite threats of division and the taking over of churches, he said, Christ is nontheless with us. The strength of weapons, [...]

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LONDON, April 18, 2014–Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, will use his Easter homily to strongly uphold the sanctity of human life against proposals to legalise assisted suicide. The bishop will warn the faithful at Mass in Shrewsbury Cathedral on Sunday that a result of the diminishing place of Christianity in the life of British [...]

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BISMARCK, N.D., April 18, 2014–A ruling by a U.S. District Court judge that overturned North Dakota’s prohibition on abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected is unfortunate but expected, said the executive director of the state’s Catholic conference. “The current holdings of the U.S. Supreme Court make it difficult to protect human life before the [...]

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DENVER, Colo., April 17, 2014–Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has voiced his gratitude to all those who spoke out against proposed Colorado legislation that could have put an end to life-affirming laws in the state. “Congratulations to the people of good will throughout Colorado who listened to God’s call to be active in politics [...]

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ROME, April 16, 2014–The words Hosanna in the highest, sung during Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, hold special significance for the Ukrainian people during this time of crisis, said Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk during his homily on Palm Sunday. The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) added that as the crisis in Ukraine continues to escalate, there [...]

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DENVER, April 15, 2014–The archbishop of Denver is asking the faithful to join him today at the Colorado state capitol building to pray for a stop to pro-abortion legislation that threatens to undermine years of pro-life work. Archbishop Samuel Aquila sent a message Monday appealing to “supporters of life” to join him for the prayer service. “The [...]

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ROME, April 15, 2014–More than 100 people have been killed in the northeast region of Nigeria since Wednesday, in the latest spate of violence committed by the Islamist group Boko Haram. In an interview with Vatican Radio, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos said Boko Haram “continues to kill people like animals,” adding: “I don’t know [...]

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VATICAN CITY, April 15, 2014–Pope Francis’ dramatic appearance at a March prayer vigil with the families of Mafia victims, where he said he would plead on bended knee with Mafia bosses to “stop doing evil,” has highlighted the Catholic Church’s role in combatting Italian organized crime. “Pope Francis awakens consciences. Many who were a long [...]

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VATICAN CITY, April 14, 2014–At a recent gathering discussing preparations for World Youth Day in Krakow, a coordinator for the event emphasized how each year many youths receive the courage to answer their vocational call. “Year after year, the first thing we’ve seen is vocations. There are a lot of people who feel the call [...]

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VATICAN CITY, April 14, 2014–A missionary order founded in the middle Ages in France is sending their burgeoning number of vocations from Asia and especially South Korea to evangelize countries throughout the world. “Our congregation has about 4,200 sisters, and we are serving 37 countries and we will expand 3 countries more this year” Mother [...]

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Bishops invited to support 2014 March for Marriage

WASHINGTON D.C., April 12, 2014–Two U.S. bishops leading efforts to defend and promote marriage offered their support for this year’s national March for Marriage and invited their fellow bishops to do the same. “We are very grateful for this opportunity to express our support for the March for Marriage and to encourage participation in this [...]

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DENVER, Colo., April 12, 2014–Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila is asking the people of Colorado to spend 10 minutes in prayer and take concrete action over the weekend to support the sanctity of human life in the face of a serious legislative threat. In an open letter dated April 11, the Denver archbishop explained that Senate [...]

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WASHINGTON, April 11, 2014–In the first U.S. rendition of a Vatican-sponsored dialogue project at Georgetown University April 10, conversations touched on the role of religion in society, raising questions about when the combination is healthy for the common good and when it is not. The Courtyard of the Gentiles, a structure for dialogue between believers [...]

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Fatima statue inspires devotion, prayer in Castel Gandolfo

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, Apr 10, 2014–Locals and swarms of pilgrims from various parts of the world gathered in Castel Gandolfo outside of Rome recently to show their Marian devotion and join in communal prayer. From April 3-7, the Pontifical Church Saint Thomas of Villanova hosted the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Parish priest Father [...]

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BALTIMORE, April 10, 2014–Theology as a way of life involves asking difficult questions, Archbishop Rowan Williams, former head of the Church of England, said during the annual Dunning Lecture at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. “Theology is a way of life to the extent that it is faith seeking understanding of the behaviors [...]

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