In Central African Republic, Catholics reach out to Muslim ex-rebels

Bangui, Central African Republic, Dec 18, 2014 / 04:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic continues to work for peace and reconciliation within the country, with its leading bishop visiting and reaching out to displaced Muslims. Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the president of the bishops' conference and archbishop of the capital city of Bangui, recently visited a camp where former members of the Seleka rebel militia, most of whom … [Read more...]

With winter knocking for displaced Iraqis, supplies fall short of needs

Washington D.C., Dec 18, 2014 / 02:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As millions of displaced Iraqis are caught in the dead of winter, the international community has a long way to go to cover their basic needs, according to a panel testimony before Congress last week. “Indeed, we are not meeting the needs overall. The needs are huge,” admitted the State Department’s Kelly Clements, deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. “I certainly … [Read more...]

William May, the prof who renounced his dissent from Humanae Vitae

Silver Spring, Md., Dec 18, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- William E. May, a professor who retracted his one-time dissent from Humanae vitae and became an influential pro-life teacher and defender of Catholic moral ethics, died on Saturday. “Teaching was everything to Dr. May,” recalled his former student Kathleen Buckley Domingo. “He treated all of us as though we were so important and sharing his wisdom with us was the most important thing he could … [Read more...]

Sing Sing inmates participate in gift exchange with Pope Francis

New York City, N.Y., Dec 17, 2014 / 10:07 pm (CNA).- Inside the chapel of Our Lady of Hope at Sing Sing Prison, inmates sitting in the penitentiary’s chapel pews were stunned by what they had received from Pope Francis. Denis Martinez, a convicted felon of eleven years serving time at Sing Sing, sent an original drawing of three crucifixes on Calvary as a gift to Pope Francis. Other inmates sent messages along with the drawing to the Pope, as a symbol of their respect for … [Read more...]

New app takes Pope Francis’ Philippines visit mobile

Manila, Philippines, Dec 17, 2014 / 03:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The new official app for the Pope’s January visit to the Philippines will help people follow the Pope’s activities and find the latest news, while letting them offer their prayers on a special prayer wall. “It is a good way to bring information on the papal visit closer to the people, particularly the youth,” said Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, chairman of the bishops of the Philippines’ Episcopal … [Read more...]

Pope Francis strengthens commission for the protection of minors

Vatican City, Dec 17, 2014 / 02:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis appointed eight new members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors on Wednesday, completing the ranks of the commission with a balanced geographical representation in doing so. “The commission was enlarged with the purpose of having an interdisciplinary view, with different perspectives coming from several part of the world,” Msgr. Robert W. Oliver, secretary of the Pontifical Commission, … [Read more...]

School massacre incites horror in Pakistani community

Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Dec 17, 2014 / 12:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Australian priest who spent more than 30 years in Pakistan has only one word for the impact of a Pakistani Taliban attack on a military school that left 141 victims, most of whom were children: “horror.” Fr. Robert McCulloch, general procurator of the St. Colomban's Mission Society to the Holy See, said the attack on the school will most likely be closely linked in the minds of Pakistanis “with the event … [Read more...]