Caritas on front lines in fight against Ebola

(Vatican Radio) The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is spreading at a rate that is alarming emergency responders, local authorities and international health officials. The virus has claimed more than eight hundred lives, with scores of new cases being reported across the affected region every week. International efforts to contain the…

USCCB Chairmen Strongly Endorse The Inclusion Act

Religious liberty is for all Americans, including child welfare providers Inclusion Act remedies unjust discrimination Parental choice among adoption agencies needs to be protected WASHINGTON–Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gave their strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014, which was introduced on July 30 by Rep….

Top 10 Secrets to Happiness . . . According to Pope Francis

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service Slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis’ secret recipe for happiness. In an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly “Viva” July 27, the pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one’s life: 1. “Live and let live.” …

On St. Ignatius feast, pope meets family of Jesuit kidnapped in Syria

ROME (CNS) — Pope Francis, a Jesuit, celebrated the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola by meeting the family of a Jesuit kidnapped in Syria a year ago and joining them and priests at the Jesuit headquarters for lunch. Jesuit Father Giuseppe Bellucci said the pope had “communicated at the last minute” his desire to…

Desperation of people in Gaza spurs violence, say cardinal, patriarch

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The president of Caritas Internationalis suggested Israeli and Hamas leaders pick up a pair of binoculars so they could see that “most of your victims are innocent people.” Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, president of the Vatican-based umbrella organization for national Catholic charities,…

Papal puzzler

Leo XIII anonymously published riddles in Latin By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service Going by the pseudonym “X,” Pope Leo XIII anonymously crafted poetic puzzles in Latin for a Roman periodical at the turn of the 19th century. The pope created lengthy riddles, known as “charades,” in Latin in which readers had to guess a…

Cardinal O’Malley Presents 2014 People Of Life Awards To Exemplary Pro-Life Leaders

WASHINGTON—An order of sisters, a former state Catholic Conference leader and an archdiocesan social justice director received the 2014 People of Life Award for lifetime commitment to the pro-life movement during a July 28 ceremony at the annual Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference held this year in Charleston, South Carolina. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap., of…

Bishops: To end border crisis, address issues forcing people to flee

Catholic News Service  To end the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, the United States must address the flow of illegal drugs and arms and the harmful economic policies forcing children and families to leave Central America for the U.S., said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace. Bishop Richard Pates of Des…

Native American Catholics gather to pray, reflect, recharge their faith

By Nancy Wiechec Catholic News Service On the 75th anniversary of the Tekakwitha Conference, Native American Catholics came together again to review the past, plan for the future and recharge their faith. More than 750 people from 35 states and representing 135 tribes gathered under the theme “To walk humbly,” a nod to namesake St….

Nowhere to go

When evacuation order came, Gaza parish staff had no choice but to stay put By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service When the staff at the lone Catholic parish in the Gaza Strip received text warnings to evacuate the premises, they had nowhere to go. Father Raed Abusahlia, president of Caritas Jerusalem who has been in…